It is a pivotal moment when our teen gets behind the wheel for the first time -- it is the first step toward both independence and adulthood. Not only does this moment as a significant meaning for us parents, but it also can be a cause for concern. Vehicular fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. Teens are three times more likely to crash than adults.
However, you can play a big part in keeping your teen driver safe. Here are ten tips to share with your teen driver that can maximize your child’s safety and minimize your worry:
- Think about enrolling your teen in a driver safety course. These courses can be taught in-person or online, last up to 6-12 hours, and can often result in an insurance discount, as they are useful in instilling safe driving habits.
- When selecting a car for your teen, prioritize safety and reliability.
- Implement your own driving guidelines. For example, you might restrict nighttime driving after a particular time or limit the number of passengers.
- Have a heart to heart with your teen about the necessity of safe driving. Be honest about your concerns and emphasize how important it is for your teen driver to take the rules of the road seriously.
- Make sure to set a good example for your teen driver -- drive safely at all times by adhering to speed limits, avoiding distractions, and buckling up.
- Go over driving costs -- discuss how much it costs to pay for a vehicle, including preventative maintenance, insurance, and gas. Chances are he or she will take driving more seriously, knowing how much it costs to drive irresponsibility.
- Emphasize the zero-tolerance policy. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), individuals aged between 12 and 20 consume 11% of alcohol.
- Discuss the importance of a squeaky-clean driving record. Every vehicle infraction will tarnish your record. To make sure that your record stays clean, both you and your child need to follow safe driving practices. For teenagers, the most common violation is driving over the speed limit.
- Encourage good grades. You could preface driving the vehicle safely on maintaining good grades. Sometimes, even insurance companies will also offer you a discount for good grades, which is a bonus.
- Preventative maintenance is a must! Safe driving is only one piece of the puzzle -- to ensure your teen reaches their destination safely, your vehicle needs to be adequately maintained, as putting off preventative maintenance can often lead to potentially dangerous and expensive repairs. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to help!
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for preventative maintenance, and our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have! We want to make sure your vehicle is performing in pristine condition, ready to go, no matter who is behind the wheel!