When children age into teenagers, it can be hard for parents to let go and offer them more independence. Because the safety of their children is a parent’s top priority, allowing them to spend time places away from parental supervision or even to get their license at 16 can cause parents to worry. At home, parents can protect their children with ADT StatenIsland, social media guards to protect against online predators, etc.
But, when children are away from parental supervision, the best way to protect them and keep them safe is to prepare them properly, especially when it comes to driving on their own. Just like you taught your child about stranger danger when they were younger, teach them about driving safely. Even though they may have passed their license test and know the rules of the road, that does not account for driving safely with distractions.
- Limit the Amount of Friends in the Car
Because nearly 15% of teen car accidents are due to the driver being distracted by the passengers, it is important to limit the amount of people your child can drive with in the car. While teen driving mandates vary from state to state, most state rules regulate that a teen driver cannot drive with a passenger under the age of 20 (unless it is a family member) until a year after receiving their license.
Once teenagers can drive their friends, it is easy to grow distracted when behind the wheel. Like the state mandated rules, creating your own set of rules for how many people your child can drive with can save their life and the lives around them.
- No Cell Phone
A few states ban cell phone use; however, cell phones now carry music and GPS, which are just as distracting as talking and texting are. The amount of accidents and deaths associated with phones are increasing everyday. While cell phones allow you to get in touch with your child, it is important they do not distract them while driving. If they need to make a call or need to check a map, they should pull over instead of do it while driving.
- No Mirrors
While behind the wheel of a car, your child should never be distracted by the mirror. Whether it’s putting on chapstick or brushing their hair, any time their eyes are off the road can lead them into a car accident.
All radio station dials should be preset to avoid having to scroll through channels. Additionally, the volume should be low, for if it’s too loud, your child’s senses might be dulled if they cannot hear what’s happening outside.
Emphasize how dangerous it is to drive while distracted. If your child is aware of the statistics and dangers, they will be less likely to break these rules.
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