Is your teen learning to drive or getting ready to take off in his or her first vehicle? As a parent, it’s completely normal to be a little nervous! Try not to stress yourself out too much though, and focus on sharing your best advice when it comes to staying safe. We’ve put together some helpful driving tips for your loved one below!
1) Stay Focused
It can be tempting to read a text when you hear the notification, or to turn your music up so loud that it drowns out everything else. However, it’s incredibly important to stay focused while you’re driving. It only takes a second of glancing at your phone, getting distracted by something on the side of the road or getting too caught up in a song or conversation to cause an accident. Avoid distractions while you’re driving, and keep your eyes on the road ahead at all times.
It’s important to know how certain weather conditions affect the road and driving in general. Rain, snow, sleet and wind can make driving more dangerous if you aren’t prepared. It’s best to show your teen what to do in these conditions before he’s caught in nasty weather on his own. For example, you should drive slower than usual, take it easy on the brakes and turn into a slide on icy roads. If it’s rainy, make sure your headlights are on, keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you and watch for standing water. The list goes on and on.
Make sure your teen knows all about vehicle maintenance, from oil changes to tire rotation. You should make sure he’s following a regular maintenance schedule, and reads through his owner’s manual as soon as possible. It’s also important that he understands what all of the indicator and warning lights on his dashboard mean.
While the idea of an accident can be anxiety-inducing, it’s important that your teen knows how to properly handle an accident just in case. You should discuss what to do after an accident, whether it’s a serious one or a minor situation such as being rear-ended. He should also know who to call, what information he’ll need on hand, what to say and do in the moment, to take photos, and so on.
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