When Your Teen Starts Driving…

7979444605_1e68ec954f_oIt’s a bittersweet feeling for every parent. You’re happy your child is gaining more responsibility and independence, but the thought of your teen out on the road is worrisome. Luckily, the AAA blog has some advice to walk you through the process.

Young drivers never realize how inexperienced they are, and their excitement to be on the open road sometimes causes them to get distracted from the task at hand. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, teen drivers are two to three times more likely to be involved in a car accident than adults. As a parent, here’s what you can do to make sure your son or daughter is well prepared to take the wheel:

Create a Driving Agreement

Many parents of first-time drivers find it useful to make a written agreement between both parties. This way, if the young driver breaks the agreement they know the consequences. In this agreement, you might include clauses such as no texting while driving, no speeding, or no driving past 11pm. If these rules go ignored, your teen could lose driving privileges.

Give Privileges Gradually

A great way to ensure your teen is ready for all driving situations is by phasing in more responsibility. For example, only begin letting your son or daughter drive with passengers after they’ve demonstrated sensible driving skills. The same idea could be used for driving at night or far distances.

Set a Good Example

Your child is less likely to respect your rules if you’re not following them as well. Wear your seat belt and obey the speed limit. Also, be open to talk about driving mistakes you’ve made in the past. This way, communication will be open should your teen experience something similar.

To prepare your new driver for all conditions, read our winter driving safety tips or new years driving resolutions posts.