For your teenager, getting their license is one of the most exciting things in their life. For parents, it can be a mixed bag. Yes, it is nice not to have to drive the teen everywhere but most parents are also aware that teen drivers are at a higher risk of both car accidents and fatal car accidents than any other demographic. Read on to learn about five of the tips that can keep them safe. If you or they are injured in an accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
- Do not use a phone while driving
- Only approved passengers can be in the car
- No speeding under any circumstances
- No alcohol use
- Wear your seatbelt
This can be hard both for teens and parents but the statistics are clear: Distracted driving kills. The only thing you can do to prevent this from happening is to watch your own behavior. Make sure that your teen knows that if you have evidence they used their phone one time while they were driving, that they will lose their driving privileges. It is literally a matter of life or death.
Your teen may be tempted to pick up all their friends to show off their new car or their newly minted license. Unfortunately, the more passengers a teen has in their car, the more dangerous it is for them and the more likely they are to be in a car accident. To keep things simple, tell your teen that only people you have approved can be passengers in their car.
Parents have been telling teens not to speed for centuries and yet teens have continued to speed. Tell your child that the faster they are driving, the harder it is for them to react to hazards and to control the car. Tell them that the faster they are driving when in an accident, the harder the impact and the more serious the injuries. Finally, install an app on your child’s phone that records their speed.
It is not uncommon for teens to experiment with alcohol in high school and into college. No matter whether this is something you allow or discourage, there is no argument to be made that it is okay for your child to drive after drinking. Remind your teen that even if they have a single drink and are well under the legally drunk blood alcohol content, if they drive with even 0.01% BAC, they will lose their license.
Today’s teens have grown up in a society in which almost everyone uses their seatbelt. This bodes well that they will continue to do so after they start driving. Reaffirm to them that they should use their seatbelt even when driving a short distance and even when in a vehicle.
If the worst does happen and your teen is in a car accident, you can reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.