Teen Driving Tips: Five Ways To Stay Sane
North American Precis Syndicate
A few simple steps can help you help your teen be a better, safer driver. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—When your teen is officially licensed to operate a vehicle,
you may feel simultaneously proud—and terrified. Following these five
tips, however, can help.
Model Your Expectations
Your teens grew up watching you drive, learning your habits and creating
their own concept of “safe driver” based on your actions. Parents
of new teen drivers should follow all the rules of the road, which includes
keeping smartphones out of reach or paired with hands-free systems.
Provide Practical Knowledge
Adults pick up all sorts of useful car knowledge over a lifetime of
driving. Most teenagers don’t have any practical skills. Parents need
to provide useful knowledge, including:
• How to change a tire—Show
teenagers where the spare tire is, how to access the jack and what steps they
need to safely change a tire. Get outside and get your hands dirty.
• What to have on hand—This
includes a spare GPS in the glove box, a first-aid kit in the backseat or
trunk, snow shovel, a jerrican and blankets or warm clothing in case they
Create A Contract
According to Drive It Home, one way to help improve teen driving safety is
creating a “new driver” contract, signed by both the parents and
the teen. Lay out specific rules and expectations, such as when the car can
be used or what the consequences of breaking the law or damaging the vehicle
would be. Include provisions for expanding privileges if your teens keep up
their end of the contract.
Talk About Accidents
Teens need to know what they should do if an accident occurs. In all
cases—even minor parking lot scrapes—teenagers must have their
insurance information on hand and request the same from any other drivers
involved. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
“drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers
aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.” Mitigate the risk by talking
frankly about accidents with your teen.
Get Real-Time Peace Of Mind
You can have the benefit of real-time crash alerts, vehicle speed
monitoring, easy access to roadside assistance and one-touch emergency SOS
with the ADT Go app. Get notifications when your teenagers get home from school
and get driving reports on your teenagers’ trips; you’ll have
peace of mind and they’ll have their independence.
For further facts, see www.adt.com/go.
of teenage drivers can get notifications when their teenagers get home from
school, real-time crash alerts, vehicle speed monitoring, easy access to
roadside assistance and one-touch emergency SOS with the ADT Go app. http://bit.ly/2vhj31O”
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