Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things. As your teen becomes a new driver, find out what you can do as a parent to keep them safe.
Grabbing some fast food and eating it on your way to school might seem like a harmless act, but it can be more distracting than you realize. Be sure to cover all of these potential distractions with your teen.
- Applying make-up
- Texting and driving
- Messing with radio or looking for items in console or glove box
- Younger siblings or other teen passengers in the car
It’s hard to see outside of your own experience. As you progress in your driving, it can feel like you can cut corners because you think you know what you are doing. The reality of it is, is that unpredictable things happen. It’s important to stay diligent and pay attention to attitudes that influence your teens driving habits.
The following are a few ways to cut corners and should be addressed when your teen is learning to drive:
- Lack of scanning the roadway
- Not using blinker and weaving in and out of traffic lanes
- Distraction by something inside or outside the vehicle
- Running through yellow / red lights; not making a full stop at stop sign; not yielding when you should
- Exceeding speed limits; coming up on turns too fast; over-correcting; cut off another vehicle that was in your blind-spot
- Not wearing seat belts
Most people would assume that they would never fall asleep while driving. But did you know that “an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days” (Source)? It’s important to cover all areas of impaired driving with your teen so they are fully prepared when they hit the road.
Here are other sources of impaired driving:
- Driving drowsy
- Driving under the influence (underage drinking)
- Driving at night when unaccustomed to bright lights and different depth perceptions
- Driving with teenage friends and listening to loud music