Depending on the state where you’re currently residing, your teenage child may start driving your vehicle or one that you bought for them as a present once they reach the age range of 14 to 17 years old. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asserts that in 2015, at least six teenagers aged 16 to 19 years old were killed every single day in vehicular accidents. Of course, you don’t want your teenage child’s life to get cut tragically short while they’re behind the wheel. Thus, you should teach them the following tips for driving better so that they can avoid vehicular accidents from happening to them.
- Challenge your teenage child to drive in less than ideal conditions without putting them in harm’s way.
Your teenage child may have been getting bored with the same old routines that you’ve been telling them to do ever since you first taught them how to drive. Sticking to the same set of driving lessons for your teenage child can cause them to engage in risky driving behavior that can either injure or kill them.
Instead of turning your teenage child’s driving lessons into a chore, you should slowly teach them how to drive on rough or wet roads, at night, or under low-visibility conditions. You’ll want to supervise your teenage child at first when doing this so that you can gauge when he or she is ready to tackle less than ideal driving conditions on his or her own.
- Tweak your teenage child’s phone settings so that all incoming calls and text messages are blocked while driving.
Your teenage child may not have the same focus on the road as you do, most especially if they’re confident they can multitask behind the wheel. If your teenage child is messaging or calling his or her friends while driving, you can configure his or her phone’s settings to prevent it from receiving all incoming calls and text messages. It may initially sound a bit too draconian for your teenage child at first, but better safe than sorry.
- Adopt proper driving habits yourself as well.
Your teenage child’s driving habits are not only a result of what you taught him or her but of what they constantly see whenever you’re behind the wheel yourself.
- Thus, if you’re fond of changing lanes without using your vehicle’s signal lights or drunk driving, and your teenage child sees you do it, he or she may imitate your bad driving habits which can get him or her caught in legal trouble or a vehicular accident.
- If you want your teenage child to drive better, you should start getting rid of any bad driving habits that you currently have, and show him or her by example how he or she should be driving a vehicle.
Your teenage child may have been excited when you first taught them how to drive, and maybe that excitement has lasted until they’re already of legal age to drive without any supervision at all. That initial excitement might prove to be short-lived though if he or she is involved in a vehicular accident that could have been easily avoided by teaching the above-listed tips on how to drive better.
After all, you wouldn’t want to lose your child at a very young age when he or she still has so much more to learn about driving and life in general. But if there is ever an instance in which your teenage child is involved in a vehicular accident that wasn’t his or her fault at all, you should contact a lawyer who can help you earn the rightful compensation.