Living Proactively: Teen Driver Safety
Oh, I remember the days of Teen Driver anxiety, soaring insurance rates, fingernails chewed with worry and pride of my children's growing independence. Both of my children have now grown into successful adults and are very safe drivers. (They would have to be,with an insurance agent for a mom, right?) Still, every time a client calls to add their teen to the list of drivers in the household, I can feel a jolt of this unique mix of emotions that certainly marks a rite of passage for parents and children alike.
While for us parents, worry abounds, it's important to keep in mind that this is a very exciting time in a teen's life. The trick is to balance the excitement with great training and responsible driver behavior.
June is the gateway into the the easy, breezy summer months. It also marks the beginning of one of the most dangerous times for teen drivers. Cruise through summer safely with McClain Insurance Services!
Under Your Influence
Supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this site provides a wealth of resources, laws, programs, parent forums and safety tips for parents of teen drivers.
Take the confusion out of Teen Driver Parenting and find information on everything from Safety Tips to in-car apps on this site.
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Parents are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers
Studies show that parents - and not teachers, books, rules or police officers - have the greatest influence over their teen's driving behavior. The first and most important step
The Washington Parent Guide to Teen Driving
Getting ready to take your teen out for that first drive? This guide will give you step by step lesson plans and driving practice exercises.
Eight teens a day are killed in car crashes. Make sure your young driver is aware of the leading causes of teen crashes, and put rules in place to help your teen stay safe.
No. 1: Driver inexperience. Most crashes happen during the first year a teen has a license. Provide at least 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months. Make sure to practice on a variety of roads, at different times of day, and in varied weather and traffic conditions. This will help your teen gain the skills he or she needs to be safe.
No. 2: Driving with teen passengers. Crash risk goes up when teens drive with other teens in the car. Follow your state’s teen driving law for passenger restrictions. If your state doesn’t have such a rule, limit the number of teen passengers your child can have to zero or one. Keep this rule for at least the first six months.
No. 3: Nighttime driving. For all ages, fatal crashes are more likely to occur at night; but the risk is highest for teens. Make sure your teen is off the road by 9 or 10 p.m. for at least the first six months of licensed driving.
No. 4: Not using seat belts. The simplest way to prevent car crash deaths is to buckle up. Require your teen to wear a seat belt on every trip. This simple step can reduce your teen’s risk of dying or being badly injured in a crash by about half.
No. 5: Distracted driving. Distractions increase your teen’s risk of being in a crash. Don’t allow activities that may take your teen’s attention away from driving, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, or playing with the radio.
No. 6: Drowsy driving. Young drivers are at highest risk for drowsy driving, which causes thousands of crashes every year. Teens are most tired and at risk when driving in the early morning or late at night. Be sure your teen is fully rested before he or she gets behind the wheel.
No. 7: Reckless driving. Research shows that teens lack the experience, judgment, and maturity to assess risky situations. Help your teen avoid the following unsafe behaviors.
No. 8: Impaired driving.
- Speeding: Make sure your teen knows to follow the speed limit and adjust speed to road conditions.
- Tailgating: Remind your teen to maintain enough space behind the vehicle ahead to avoid a crash in case of a sudden stop.
- Insufficient scanning: Stress the importance of always knowing the location of other vehicles on the road.
Even one drink will impair your teen's driving ability and increase the risk of a crash. Be a good role model: Don't drink and drive and reinforce this message with your teen.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention