When the time arrives for your teenager to learn how to drive, how confident will you be in his or her abilities?
That is but one of the questions you as a parent will have to deal with.
You are also going to have to look at what kind of vehicle they will be driving. Will it be a family vehicle you already have or will you go out and buy them a new or used car or truck?
Still another question is will you feel good about them sharing the road with many other drivers?
As you can see, parents have a lot to think about when their son or daughter prepares to start driving.
So, how safe will your teenager be out there on the roads?
Prepare Them for All Possibilities
As you look at the probability of your teen taking to the roads, keep the following things in mind:
- Being confident – It is quite important that your teen be confident when he or she gets behind the wheel. Driving afraid can increase the chances of being in an accident. That said you want to instill confidence in them from day one. Let them know you believe in them and are also proud of the fact they are learning how to drive.
- Being focused – It is also key that your teen will have full focus on the road ahead of them. This means that distractions do not get in their way. One of the more common distractions for teens is when they spend too much time on a cell phone while driving. Remind your teen over and over again that the calls and texts can wait. There is no need for your teen to put themselves and others at risk.
- Being responsible – As safe as you want your teenager to be out there, accidents do happen. If the circumstance of an accident with your teen occurs, health is the priority. That said let them know what they should do if an accident. After making sure they are okay, they need to focus in on what happened. If someone hit them and sped off, this is a hit-and-run. The hope is your teen got a license plate and description of the other vehicle or a witness did. Either way, an accident report needs to be filed. The same holds true in a regular accident and there is more than a simple fender-bender. Your teen can proceed with a vehicle accident report lookup. This allows for police, insurers and other pertinent people to have the facts. With a license plate number lookup and other such detective work, the hope is you get to the bottom of the accident. It may be a case of where the other driver had an unsafe vehicle. That would be a car or truck that should not have been out on the roads in the first place.
- Being smart – Last, much of driving for both teens and older adults is being smart. That said remind your teen to use some good old-fashioned commonsense when driving. At the end of the day, that will bail them out more times than not.
If your teenager is going to be getting behind the wheel soon, how do you feel about this?