Preparing your Teen to Become a Safe Driver

teen driver with fatherJust the idea of your newly licensed teen climbing into the driver’s seat of a car can cause your blood pressure to rise. Even so, it is important that you prepare them for what lies ahead. Before your teen starts the ignition and turns up the music, here are a few tips to prepare your teen to become a safe driver.

Driving Lessons

While taking one-on-one lessons with mom or dad are great, it is important that you enroll your teen in a licensed professional driving school. At a driving school, your teen will be to gain a solid foundation and learn practical lessons about safe driving habits.

Practice

As the saying goes “practice makes perfect.” While a driving school will educate your teen about the rules and regulations on the road, it is important that they practice and hone their skills behind the wheel. Log as many hours as you can with your teen to reinforce what they have learned in the classroom.

Rules

Before they are given the keys, have a conversation with your teen about their responsibilities and what is expected of them. This may be a great time to have a discussion about curfews, driving with friends, driving at night, or even parameters as to where they should and shouldn’t go.

Electronic Devices

Stress the importance about the dangers of using electronics while driving. Texting and driving is a big no. To makes things a little easier and safer, consider connecting hands-free bluetooth devices to your teen’s cellular device.

Vehicle Maintenance

The excitement of receiving their driver’s license may distract your teen from the fact that the car needs to be maintained. Let them understand the importance of basic car maintenance tasks such as checking the oil, paying attention to gas level, and how to change a tire.

Laws

Ignorance of the law is no excuse when driving. Make sure your teen is well versed in the rules and regulations of the road. Laws do change constantly so it is important remain up to date.

It is important to take an active role in teaching your teen how to be a safe and responsible driver. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and when they do, contact the Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyers. We will connect with an attorney who will fight for you.