Each September, teenagers across the country head back to school. Unfortunately, this also may correlate to an increased risk of teen driving accidents. Teenagers are more likely to be involved in a crash than adults because of their lack of experience. To keep your teen driver safe this fall, it is important to provide proper guidance.
10 Tips for Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe
How can you prevent your teen from being involved in an auto accident as the new school year begins? The following are 10 important tips:
- Do not allow your teen to drive at night until he or she gains sufficient experience.
- Do not allow your teen to use a cell phone while driving.
- Educate your teen about the safe use of GPS navigation systems and the radio or other audio devices while traveling by car.
- Do not allow your teen to drive with passengers in the car.
- Do not allow your teen to drive during times of inclement weather.
- Do not allow your teen to drive on roads that are unfamiliar.
- Travel with your teen on a regular basis to understand how his or her driving skills are progressing.
- Be a good role model by following the rules of the road and avoiding distracted or impaired driving.
- Require your teen to wear a seat belt whenever traveling in a car.
- Do not allow your teen to drive after taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that could impair his or her ability to drive.
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