There is nothing more frightening than knowing that your teen has the legal right to take to the road on their own. As scared as you may be, you know that you have to let go at some point.
There are many tips you can follow when it comes time to talk to your teen about safe driving. Here are four things to bring to the forefront:
- Set an example: Rather than tell your teen what it means to drive safe, show them through your actions. For example, don't text and drive if you don't want your teen to do the same.
- Be confident: With the right approach, you can influence the way your teen drives. Be confident in everything you say to them.
- Talk about the facts: For example, share facts related to accidents and injuries associated with texting and driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Never stop coaching: There is always something more for your teen driver to learn, so don't stop coaching them after a few weeks.
Even if you get the feeling that your teen is tuning you out, it's imperative to provide as many tips as possible. Not only does it improve the likelihood of your teen remaining safe, but it also gives you peace of mind.
If your teen is part of a motor vehicle accident, find out what went wrong and then contact your insurance company for information on what to do next. From there, if you learn that the other driver was responsible, focus on the steps you can take to hold this person responsible.