Parents, it may be a conversation your teen doesn’t want to have with you, but it’s important to have “the talk” with your teen—the talk about safe driving that is. It’s the perfect time to start this conversation since October 18-24 is Teen Driver Safety Week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens aged 15-19 in America, and in 2013 alone, 2,614 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes. Parents, we need your help to change these statistics by talking to your teens and setting a good example behind the wheel.
It’s best to set the ground rules early—even before your teen starts driving Here are some quick tips to get you on your way:
- First and foremost, establish the expectation that your teen always buckles up every trip, every time.
- Your ground rules should include a one passenger limit as research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in a car.
- Combat texting and driving by leading by example. So, before you look at your phone while driving, think if you would want your teen to do the same.
- Underage drinking is illegal and should never be condoned, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk to your teens about it. Make sure your teen knows that if he or she ever feels unable to drive, no matter what the situation, to always call you instead of getting behind the wheel or in another car.
- Just like distracted driving, teens will learn the ropes about speeding from watching your habits. Lead by example and keep to the speed limit.
Talking to your teen about driving safety is not only smart, it’s necessary. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tell us about the ground rules you’ve set for your teen. Help spread the word about Teen Driver Safety Week on social media by using #teendriver.