Once your teenager gets the notion that they’d like to get a learner’s permit and a license, will it be full-speed ahead?
For parents in this situation, it can be some sleepless nights ahead. That means worrying that their child will be out there with all those other drivers.
To dampen the fears to a degree, do your best in educating your child about being a safe driver.
This starts with when they go for their permit and then their license. Once they can drive, the education does not stop there.
So, how good of a job will you do in keeping your teen safe on the road?
Be an Informative Parent
In trying best to keep your teen safe when on the roads, start by being an informative parent.
With all the info out there on the Internet, you should have no problem coming up with posts and videos to educate.
Make sure they not only know their own state’s laws, but also what to do if confronted with an aggressive driver. The last thing they should do is engage in a road rage episode. No one wins when this happens. In fact, one or more people could end up with serious injuries or worse.
Also inform your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Too many teens think that they can drink without repercussions. In fact, it only takes one too many drinks to lead to tragedy for the teen and his or her parents.
From videos to sharing a story of when you made the mistake of getting behind the wheel drunk, inform them.
Safety Also Includes a Sound Vehicle
Another aspect of being a safe teen behind the wheel involves having a fit vehicle to operate.
This starts with making sure the car or truck they drive is as fit as can be.
You may let them drive your main vehicle or there may be an added family car or truck for them to start out on. Another option of course is for them or you to buy a second-hand vehicle. No matter what they drive, be sure it gets an inspection and necessary maintenance.
As part of that regimen, good for your teen to make sure the following occurs on a regular basis:
- Tires at the proper levels at all times. This is especially important in cold weather months when they can lose air at a quicker rate.
- Brakes get a check from a mechanic whenever consistent squeaking is noticeable. Bad brakes can lead to an accident. If your teen’s brakes were bad, they could get a charge by law enforcement in an accident.
- Checking all fluid levels, with the most importance on the oil. The last thing you want to have happen is your teen breaks down on an open road because the oil was low.
In raising your child, there will likely come that time when they want to learn how to drive.
When that time arrives, keeping them safe will continue to be your number one priority.