For many teenagers, their sixteenth birthday couldn’t come fast enough. They long for the independence that driving brings. Conversely, their parents are the ones who are now worried sick.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
If you’re the parent of a teen who’s about to reach the legal driving age, here are some tips to ensure their safety.
Teen Defensive Driving School
The first thing you want to do is enroll your teen in a driving school that offers defensive driving courses. The statistics don’t lie. The cumulative crash rates of graduates from a teen defensive driving school are 77 percent lower than the general teenage driving population. A defensive driving course will teach them to:
- Follow the rules of the road
- The three-second rule
- Yield to aggressive drivers
- Minimize distractions
- Be knowledgeable
Passenger Seat Supervision
While classroom lessons and in-car instructions are essential, it is also important that parents encourage their teens to practice driving with them. Be sure to provide them with the necessary guidance and supervision over the short trips that you both take.
It is imperative that the car your teen drives is properly outfitted with standard vehicle safety measures. Seatbelts and airbags should be functional. There should always be a spare tire in the trunk. Your teens should also know how to go about receiving professional assistance should their car break down.
On average, nearly 5,000 people are killed and more than 418,000 people are injured due to adverse weather conditions in the U.S. every year. Fog, rain, hail, sleet and snow can all dangerously impair driving ability. Have your teen practice in a safe area before letting them drive in a new weather condition.
Clean and Secure Windshield
You may not have given this one a lot of thought, but a clean and secure windshield is essential to ensuring your teen’s vision isn’t impaired when driving.
A snow-covered, dirty, foggy, or chipped windshield can all dangerously impair a driver’s vision. You should also get any scratches on your windshield addressed by a professional immediately.
Champions Driving School offers defensive driving classes in Houston and Pinehurst, TX. We are one of the most reputable driving schools in the state and have been in the business for 20 years, offering some of the best teen and adult drivers education courses out there.
Get in touch today. Call (832)934-3077.