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3 of the most important safety rules for teenage drivers

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Realizing that a teen in the family now qualifies for driver’s education is exciting but also terrifying for parents. Most parents remember how important the independence of driving was for their own process of maturing. At the same time, they are no doubt aware of how car crashes are among the top causes of premature death and severe injury for teenagers.

Parents have to find a way to instill safe driving practices in their teenagers. The first and best way of doing so involves setting a good example. Parents who consistently follow road rules teach their children to focus on safety with every trip together. Additionally, parents need to maintain clear boundaries regarding driving privileges so that young adults consistently make good choices. The following rules are among the most important for the safety of a teen driver.

A no-texting rule

Distraction is a serious safety concern for drivers of all ages. For teen drivers who have yet to master the skills necessary for optimal road safety, distraction can be particularly risky. Having a very clear policy against texting while driving and enforcing it after discovering any violations can help teach teen drivers the importance of safe habits.

Limitations on nighttime driving

Driving after the sun sets is it dangerous prospect for motorists of all ages, but especially newer drivers. Many of the worst teen crashes occur after dark. Trying to keep teenagers off the road after the sun sets as much as possible could potentially save their lives.

Rules about teenage passengers

Distraction doesn’t only come from mobile devices. Friends and even siblings in the vehicle can be a dangerous source of distraction. Parents who limit the number of other young adults in a vehicle can protect their children from a scenario in which the social pressure of peers nearby outweighs their better judgment. Limiting young adults to transporting their siblings or perhaps one friend or classmate at a time could protect them from a scenario in which a group of friends becomes a dangerous distraction.

Parents who try to establish realistic safety standards can help teach their teen drivers about harm reduction and the ever-present threat of a motor vehicle collision. Demonstrating safe driving habits consistently can have a greater impact than simply imposing rules for teens when they drive.