As per a recent report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), teens are 4 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than drivers aged above 20. The report further stated that up to 40% of all teenage death in the United States are a result of car accidents. If you’re a parent of a teenage driver who just got behind the wheel, remember to revise your car insurance policy and make them a part of it.
You may think that obtaining a driver’s license is enough for your teenager, but the reality is quite the contrary. The riskiest time for an amateur driver is the first six to twelve months when they drive alone, according to research by Monash University’s Accident Research Centre.
However, the risk can be minimized—in fact, diminished—if parents and guardians are a little more careful. If you’re a parent of a teenage driver, here are some things you can do to ensure their safety and protection on the open roads.
Plenty of Supervised Driving
It’s important to supervise your teenager driving before they can head out themselves. According to research, before obtaining a driving license, a teenager requires almost 25 to 50 hours of driving under supervision by someone experienced—that can also be you if you have enough expertise with respect to driving.
Train Them to Manage Challenging Situations
Take your teenager to a drive on empty bumpy roads, at night, when they’re tired, or when the weather is at its worst (not life-threatening, though). Put the music on loud, talk to them, or message them on the phone. All this will train them how to handle such situations. This harsh training will prepare your teenager to stay alert, active, and reflexive if they ever get stuck in a similar situation.
Have Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Drunk and drugged driving is a fast track to fatal accidents for both, experienced and amateur drivers. Constantly remind your teenager that this is a big “NO”. Make them aware about their legal and moral responsibilities toward other drivers on the roads and how the safety of other drivers on the road is their responsibility. Tell them about the state laws, and the penalties if they are caught driving under substance influence.
If you’re planning to buy your teenager a car in Peoria, help them learn expert driving skills by enrolling them at a reliable driving school in Peoria. Jacob’s Driving and Traffic School offers an extensive range of driving lessons by hour, as well as courses on defensive driving.
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