Keep Your Teen Safe When Driving
A very stressful time for parents is when their teenager starts driving. Even if they are a great driver, their inexperience combined with the dangers of being on the road is enough to make any parent cringe but there are things you can do to help keep your teen safer.
Teens go through driver educational classes to learn the basics of driving. While this is enough to get them started and help them pass the tests to get their license, it’s not enough to keep them safe on the road.
After your teen gets his learner’s permit, let him drive whenever possible while you’re in the vehicle with him. He could be gaining valuable experience everytime you run errands and it’s a great opportunity for you to teach him defensive driving so he can become a better driver.
Keep Your Teen Safe When Driving with These Five Safety Tips
One thing that new drivers don’t realize is that it only takes a few seconds for everything to change. The driver in front of you may decide to stop suddenly, someone can pull out in front of you or a child could run out into the road. Two or three seconds could mean the difference between having an accident and avoiding one.
Stressing this point in addition to the five safety tips below will help keep your teen safer when driving:
- Keep your phone turned off when driving. Studies show that texting or talking on the phone while driving is a leading cause of accidents for teens and adults.
- Don’t eat, play with the radio or do anything else that requires you take your eyes off the road even for a few seconds.
- Don’t play music too loudly or have a car full of passengers talking and distracting you from driving. The risk of having an accident rises for every teen passenger in the vehicle.
- Always obey the speed limits and all other traffic regulations and don’t let other drivers intimidate you into not obeying the rules by speeding past you or driving aggressively.
- Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the other drivers around you, so you’ll have more time to respond when something does happen.
Parents can also help keep their teens safer by making sure the vehicle they’re driving is in good shape and safe to drive. We have a large selection of new and used vehicles here at South Dade Toyota equipped with various safety features designed to help keep the driver and passengers safer on the road.
Visit the Toyota Teen Driver Website
Toyota believes in helping to keep teens safe, which is why they joined Discovery Education and helped create an interactive website called the Toyota Teen Driver. It provides safe driving resources for everyone. Teens can take online challenges to help them learn about the dangers of driving when distracted and Toyota even offers players a chance to win a scholarship worth $5,000.
Parents can use the site to learn effective ways to help teach their teen safe driving habits and it gives you tips on how to set a good example for your kids. Educators can use the site to create safe driving projects or lessons for the classroom, which will earn them a chance to receive safety educational programs for their community.
Take time to talk to your teens about safe driving habits and use these tips to help keep them safer during this exciting time in their life.