Any parent can remember those moments when you drove on your own for the first time after receiving your driver’s license. There’s a sense of freedom and being another step closer to becoming an adult. You may also remember any mistakes you made as a new driver. Now think of your own teen who is about to embark on that same adventure. It’s time to have a heart-to-heart talk that can make a difference in your child’s safety and life.
Remember those mistakes that you made as a teen driver? It’s likely your child will make those same mistakes and possibly others. It’s important to keep this in mind for the talk and also how you drive because your teen is watching your driving behavior.
Be the Role Model
Now that your teen has a driver’s license, one of the most effective messages you can send to your child is showing how to drive safely. This means parents should not use the phone and avoid distractions, aggressive driving, and speeding. If your teen witnesses you not following the rules, the teen will think this type of driving is acceptable.
You can also teach your teen to not ride with friends or other teens who text, talk on the phone, or have unsafe driving habits. Your child can be the role model and example for his or her peers and be a lifesaver.
Tips for Teen Drivers
As a parent, you have set many rules for your child and with a new driver in the household, there are more rules to enforce. Many of the rules are already enforced by state laws, such as wearing a seat belt, drinking and driving and using cell phones while driving.
You may want to enforce your own set of rules and establish an agreement with your teen. The rules should also have consequences for the teen to learn from any mistakes made. Remember, driving is one of the first steps to becoming an adult and not only will establishing rules be important, but reinforcing responsible behavior will help your teen driver.
Remember, you are not alone as a parent of a teen driver. At ProCare Automotive and Collision, many of our employees are parents of teens and they are having the same talk. Accidents do happen and when they do, we are here to help with any auto body repairs. But it is our hope that all of our teens become safe drivers.