Parents play a crucial role in teen driver safety. The greatest lifetime chance of crashing for teens occurs during the first six to 12 months after receiving a license. Parents should know the Graduated Driver Licensing GDL for their state and use them to back up their house rules for first time drivers. Note that these rules for new teenage drivers are to keep everyone in the car safe, not to keep them from having fun.
Here’s advice you can give as a parent to a teen driver
Some think the main problem is teenage irresponsibility, said Robert D. About half of the new drivers did indeed crash in that first year, mostly with minor accidents, and the data, soon to be published, let the researchers look at the question of what factors were associated with a lower crash rate during the first year of driving. Ehsani said. The researchers carefully coded all the things that parents and adolescents had said to one another. After all, the minute teenagers get their licenses, he said, they start driving to new places, establishing their independence and taking advantage of their new ability. During that practice driving, the parent is advising on any road decisions, anticipating problems, managing anything that has to be attended to inside the vehicle, but not necessarily pushing the teenager to think about how to solve all these problems without a parental co-pilot. Ehsani said that teenagers acknowledge that they drive more slowly, with the music turned down, with their phones out of reach, when their parents are in the car with them, even after they get their licenses.
With prom season underway, more teen drivers hitting the roads. Since most prom-goers are new drivers, it brings the somber reminder that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration shares the following tips for teens and their parents on how to stay safe this prom season. Pay Attention: Distracted driving, especially texting or using social media while driving, is common among younger drivers.
If your child is new behind the wheel, brake to consider this: Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U. So outline your safety expectations — and the consequences — up front by creating a contract with your teen. Experts at Allstate say driving pacts can initiate potentially lifesaving conversations between parents and teenagers.