The time has arrived – your teen is learning to drive!
This will not doubt be a memorable experience for both of you. We have put together a helpful checklist to help parents prepare for the road ahead!
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for teenagers because they lack the necessary driving experience. Many states have implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing program that introduces teenagers to driving in phases to help them gradually – and safely – build their skills and experience behind the wheel. Check to see if your state has implemented the Graduated Drivers License law. This program allows your teen becomes more prepared to handle adverse conditions as they gain driving experience and driving maturity.
Like it or not, Parents are the role model and coach, for your teen driver. They watch what you do and will look to you for your guidance and expertise. Some important aspects of your job include:
- Knowing and enforcing the driving laws.
- Knowing the stages of your state licensing laws. (A Graduated Licensing program includes three phases: Learner’s License, Intermediate License, and Full Privilege License.)
- Enroll your teen in a Driver’s Education course.
- Always supervise your new teen’s driving.
- It is critical that parents enforce and certify their teen have completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving.
- Set family driving rules and limits and impose consequences for violations. A great parent resource is a parent-teen driving contract.
- Talk with other parents about teen driving and safety.
- Choose a safe vehicle for your teen.
- include safer driving smartphone apps to help both you and teen see areas of improvement.
These are just a few points parents can use to help teach your teen to be a safe and confident driver. Please help encourage your teen to be a safer driver.