For your teenager, getting a driver’s license means more freedom. For you, though, your teenager starting to drive means more worry about his or her safety out on the road, knowing deaths and injuries are so high among teenager drivers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2019 alone, nearly 2,400 teenagers in the U.S. died in car accidents. To reduce the likelihood of a serious accident and help your teen drive safely, these tips may help.
Lead by example
Set a good example for your teenage driver so he or she understands what safe driving looks like. Always wear your seatbelt, refrain from using your cellphone and follow all the rules of the road when you drive with your teen.
Help your teen get plenty of practice
Give your teenager plenty of opportunities to practice driving in different situations. For example, drive with your teen in the rain, on the freeway, at night, in school zones and in other conditions to help him or her know how to circumvent issues that can lead to a motor vehicle accident.
Set clear boundaries
Discuss and put into place a set of rules your teenager must follow after getting a driver’s license. For example, you may want to prohibit letting your teenager drive friends around or drive at night for the first few months.
Talk to your teenager regularly about the dangers of driving unsafely. Remaining transparent about your expectations can help your teenager make safer decisions behind the wheel.