Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting events in a teen’s life. For Texas parents, however, there is usually a mix of emotions when their child is old enough to get behind the wheel. Since new drivers lack the benefit of experience, it can be very scary to hand them the keys.
If your teen is about to get their driver’s license, make sure to teach them these safe driving tips before they hit the road:
Put your phone away
Every year, distracted driving kills over 3,000 people in the United States. One of the easiest ways to become distracted while driving is to look down at your phone, even for just a couple of seconds. New teen drivers should put their phones away while driving so that they can concentrate all of their attention on the road.
Go the speed limit
When teens first get their license, they are often tempted to show off to their friends by speeding. Not only can speeding lead to a car accident, it can also lead to an accident with more severe injuries that are often fatal. The faster a car was traveling before a crash, the more likely the crash is going to result in fatalities.
Keep safe distances
One thing your new teen driver has no control over is the behavior of other drivers on the road. However, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles can help them to avoid getting into car accidents with reckless drivers. Explain to your teen that large semi-trucks have more blind spots and take longer to brake than passenger cars. Keeping a safe distance from both cars and trucks is crucial for new drivers.
Parents can help their teens drive safely
Eventually you have to let your licensed driver navigate their own road, but there’s nothing wrong with reminding your teen about these driving safety tips. Remember that as a parent you also lead by example, so don’t forget to always model safe driving habits yourself.