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Teaching Your Teen To Drive Safely

As a parent of a teen driver, it is only natural that you worry about your child and the idea of him or her getting behind the wheel of a several-ton vehicle. However, there are plenty of steps you can take toward teaching your child safe driving habits, so that you can enjoy greater peace of mind once he or she inevitably obtains a driver's license. Many parents are most worried about the possibility of their teens getting into an accident, especially since a teen's first few years of driving tend to be the most likely time for a collision to occur. Parents should set their minds at ease--at least a little--by learning that the majority of accidents that involve teen drivers do not result in serious injury. You can help to prevent your teen from engaging in unsafe driving habits by sitting down and having a talk with them about driver safety. Here are some tips you may wish to arm your own child with.

As a parent of a teen driver, it is only natural that you worry about your child and the idea of him or her getting behind the wheel of a several-ton vehicle. However, there are plenty of steps you can take toward teaching your child safe driving habits, so that you can enjoy greater peace of mind once he or she inevitably obtains a driver's license. Many parents are most worried about the possibility of their teens getting into an accident, especially since a teen's first few years of driving tend to be the most likely time for a collision to occur. Parents should set their minds at ease--at least a little--by learning that the majority of accidents that involve teen drivers do not result in serious injury. You can help to prevent your teen from engaging in unsafe driving habits by sitting down and having a talk with them about driver safety. Here are some tips you may wish to arm your own child with.

Keep a Roadside Emergency Kit

In the event of an accident or breakdown, having an emergency kit can help to avoid a situation from getting worse. For example, if your teen gets a flat tire on the side of a dark road, having an emergency kit with road flares, cones and tools for changing a tire can get them back on the road with a spare as soon as possible while remaining visible to other drivers.

Don't Drive Distracted

Unfortunately, there's an increasing number of vehicle collisions involving teen drivers are caused by distracted driving. Have your teen take a vow to never text and drive, and minimize distractions in the car by limiting the number of friends your teen is allowed to have as passengers at any given time.

Study for the Test

Many other useful teen driving tips were likely covered in your child's driving preparation course, so encourage him or her to do plenty of studying for the test. Have your teen take this road signs practice test or even a DMV practice test online.

How Parents Influence Their Teen's Driving

Even though it may seem that your teenager is trying hard to be as unlike you as possible, you have more influence than you might imagine. If you have bad driving habits, your teen is very likely to develop many of the same habits. Think about the following tips, so that you can be a good driving role model.

Even though it may seem that your teenager is trying hard to be as unlike you as possible, you have more influence than you might imagine. If you have bad driving habits, your teen is very likely to develop many of the same habits. Think about the following tips, so that you can be a good driving role model.

Familiarize Yourself with State Laws

To teach safe driving, you need to be a safe driver. The first step is to know as much as you can about local driving regulations. Consider taking a DMV Practice Test for your state or look at a DMV Cheat Sheet to refresh your knowledge. Knowing the rules helps you drive more safely while being better equipped to teach your new driver.

Do Not Drive Distractedly or Aggressively

If you make phone calls, text, constantly change radio stations, eat or do anything else that takes your attention away from the road, your young drivers are more likely to assume that these are acceptable behaviors. The same goes for aggressive driving. If you drive recklessly, tailgate others or drink and drive, you will be setting a bad example. Keep your focus on driving responsibly and your teenagers will learn to do the same.

Practice Good Driving Habits

Set up a routine for when you get behind the wheel. When you get in the car, check the mirrors, fasten seat-belts and keep your hands at the proper position while you drive. It will soon become second nature for both you and your teens.

Build Good Maintenance Habits

Many young drivers are ill-equipped to take care of their vehicles. It can lead to costly repairs and even accidents. Teach your young ones about common warning signs such as brake noise or a rattle in the steering wheel. Make sure they can check fluid levels, tire pressure and wiper blades. Here is a great article about some of the basic maintenance practices all teens should know. Use this advice to help teach your teens and improve your own driving. The apple never falls far from the tree ��� if you are a good driver, you will raise good drivers!��

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