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Tips For Teaching Your Teenager To Be A Safe Drive

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On: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 4:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Tips For Teaching Your Teenager To Be A Safe Drive

The incidence of fatalities in teenagers involved in motor-vehicle accidents has decrease by as much as 69% in areas where a curfew has been established and enforced. Most parents are interested in how they can help their teen to become a safer driver, but may not know exactly how to go about it.

According to a spokesperson for the Insurance Institute for the NHTSI, National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, most teens are able to steer and maneuver the car without problems; the difficult part for them is observing the scene, learning to predict danger, and developing the ability to make correct decisions quickly.

Safety experts across the country are advocating for licensing programs that permit young drivers to gradually gain driving experience in three stages; the first stage would be receiving a permit, supervised driving would be the second stage, followed by a restricted driving stage that would allow young drivers to gain a specific number of hours of experience before getting out on the road to drive alone.

Here are some tip to enable you to successfully teach your teens to drive safely;

  • Give your teen lots of supervised practice, before and after he/she gets his/her license, provide your own supervised driving program, allowing your teen to drive alone only after gaining drive time with your supervision.
  • Don't allow your teen to drive on highways (without supervision) for a while. Enforce the expectation that driving and handling a car at higher speeds requires additional practice.
  • Restrict new teen drivers to daytime driving only. Roughly half the fatal motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers happen at night. That's because visibility is more difficult, and also because night driving is more often done for recreation when irresponsible driving is most likely to occur.
  • Restrict your teenager regarding the number of passengers he/she can have, and gradually increase that number based on the driving experience. Statistics have shown that fatality risks rise for new teenage drivers as the number of passengers goes up.
  • Reward violation-free, accident-free driving by lifting any restrictions one by one. If you learn that your teen has violated one of your safety guidelines you may want to consider the consequences on an individual basis, giving your teen driver a warning, or even suspend privileges for a week, depending on the severity of the violation.
  • Temporarily suspend your teen's driving privileges for getting any tickets for speeding or any other traffic violations, driving without wearing a seat belt, or driving under the influence of alcohol. You may consider requiring that your teen attend an extra driver's lesson (that he/she pays for) in addition to suspending his driving privileges for a while. Then let him regain his privileges gradually, starting out again with only daytime driving.
  • Driving in bad weather requires extra supervision in order for your teen to learn safe driving techniques in each type of road condition, including heavy rain where hydroplaning and heavy rain impairing vision can be a problem, and particularly in winter where ice and snow could make roads very dangerous.

Many of these guidelines may become laws sooner than later as safety task forces across the country work to create laws aimed at decreasing fatal traffic fatalities caused by teenage drivers.


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