I have a teen driver and let me tell you, it’s scary. Every time she leaves the house I worry until she gets home. I know she has to watch other drivers but I also worry about her. I know she is smart and capable but sometimes teens are dumb. All I can do is talk to her about distracted driving and hope she remembers each time she puts the keys in the ignition.
Driving a car is a big responsibility and distracted driving is a big problem. Whether your child is driving a brandnew jeep or a hunker that gets them from point a to point b, the tips below will help them be safe.
It is better to make the rule that your teen can’t drive with others in the car. Teens distract each other by making jokes, talking, or even dancing in the car. But if your teen does drive around with other teens in the vehicle please talk to them about not letting their friends distract them.
Teens love their phones and I have yet to see one that doesn’t have it glued to their hand. However, phones and driving don’t mix. Talk to your teen and make them promise to turn the phone off while they are driving.
If your teen must listen to tunes while driving tell them to make a playlist before hand or choose a station and leave it there. I actually had a friend that was killed when he was 17 because he was changing the radio station and drifted into oncoming traffic. Also, make sure your teen keeps the volume down. It helps to hear emergency vehicles and horns.
The sensible solution
Is to not let them drive. No, just kidding. The best solution is to keep talking to your teen. Ride with them and observe them driving. Make sure they understand that a car is not a toy and they are most certainly not invincible. Make sure that when they get behind that wheel driving is the priority. The second priority is making it home safe.