For a teenager, starting to drive is an experience full of excitement and adventure, but for us as parents, it can be a difficult and stressful time when we are very concerned about their safety.
And the concern is genuine. According to statistics, car accidents are the leading cause of death for adolescents between the ages of 15 and 20. Unfortunately, teenagers, by nature, tend to underestimate the dangers they may face, and it is very easy for them to become distracted while driving.
To avoid these situations, it is crucial that you talk to your children about the dangers of distracted driving and all the things that they should avoid doing while behind the wheel. In addition, try to drive with them during their first few days and weeks of driving, as lack of experience is a primary factor in accidents.
Here are some tips you can consider to make sure your teen uses caution while driving.
Give them information on distracted driving. Talk to them about what exactly distracted driving is and that it is the leading cause of car accidents in the country. Give them specific examples of what they should avoid doing and anything that can distract them. Remember that they often may not be clear about what distracted driving implies and that it can go much further than just sending text messages. Make sure they have clear information and answer all their questions.
Set an example. It is well known that our children learn more through our example than through our words. Remember that, although it may not seem like it, our children are always watching us and will imitate what we do. Avoid the typical questioning of, “how come you can do it and I can’t?” so common in teenagers. Be consistent and establish a safe environment in your family.
Set strict rules. Establishing rules that help ensure that they won’t use cell phones while driving. Besides, they shouldn’t drink alcoholic beverages before driving, and they can’t drive after a certain hour are just some examples. In this way, they will understand that they may lose this privilege and risk their security by doing so.
Contact our attorneys if you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident. We at the Vaziri law firm will help you analyze your alternatives and find solutions for your situation.