This summer we will have new teen drivers hitting the road all over the country. They grow up so fast, don’t they? It is always a hard pill to swallow when you realize your young child is now a teenager who is ready to drive.
Knowing that your teen will now be in the driver's seat, where you typically sit, instantly turns on the nerves. It is a natural feeling to be a little scared, but it is also the driving force behind ensuring your teenager receives safety tips before getting too comfortable in the driver's seat.
As a parent or guardian, you play a vital role in giving your teen driving lessons so they understand the rules of the road. It is also extremely important to ensure teens are provided with information to make them better, safer drivers when they are out on the road.
Sit down with your teenager and provide them a copy of a safety tip checklist. Some of the items may seem obvious or basic, but nonetheless, review everything on the list with them until they fully understand the importance of all the information listed. It is also a good idea to hang the checklist by the car keys as a reminder every time your teen takes the car out for a drive.
Here is the safety checklist for your teen driver:
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Don’t get on your phone.
- Always check your side, rear mirrors, and blind spot.
- Never drink/take drugs and drive.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Pay close attention to road signs.
- Avoid distractions.
- Stay calm and do not engage in road rage.
- Always carry cash in your purse or wallet in the event the car breaks down and you need a tow truck or a cab home.
- Do not succumb to peer pressure.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Share the road with other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Follow traffic laws.
- Drive according to the weather.
You may find that you have even more items to add to this list, but it is a brilliant start. Also, be sure to include alternatives for situations like #4. Encourage them to always have a designated driver. Emphasize the importance of not being the driver and to call you or a cab or another driving service like Uber or Lyft.
Your teen’s safety is your number one priority and giving them a safety checklist is one great way to keep them safe while they are out on the highway.