With the new school year beginning, the number of teen drivers on the road at all hours of the day increases.
As teens become more comfortable behind the wheel, encouraging them to create good habits will help reduce the chance of painful and costly accidents.
Avoid driving while drowsy
Teens are often on the road in the early morning hours as they drive to school and late in the evenings as they drive home from sports and activities. Drivers who are sleepy at the wheel lack the reflexes needed to respond to unexpected hazards. Help your teen create a routine to stay awake and alert while driving and help them recognize when they are too tired to drive.
Identify and avoid distractions
As new drivers learn the basics of driving and traffic laws, they should also learn to identify behaviors that cause distracted driving. Set a limit on passengers allowed in the car. Create rules about not eating while driving. Any activity that causes a driver to let go of the wheel or look away from the road is a distraction. Minor distractions behind the wheel can lead to major accidents and injuries on the road.
Learn to drive in bad weather
Rain, high winds, ice and snow can all create challenges on the road. As your teen learns to drive, make sure they understand how to react to whatever inclement weather is common to your area. As a general rule, avoid speeding and allow extra space between vehicles in any bad weather to allow time to react to unexpected hazards.
It is normal for parents and guardians to have concerns when their kids begin driving. Helping them create good habits from the start will help both of you feel more confident about them driving.