TEEN DRIVERS FACE GREATER TRAVEL DANGERS. by Terence Morris author and founder, PACETULSA NETWORK, July 12, 2020. 11:12 p.m.
Raising your kid for over 16 or 17 years without major tragedy and then having to live in fear because of the dangers of travel. Can you honestly say that you’re ready to give your child your car keys? As a parent have you equipped them with the tools necessary and the training so that they can drive responsibly?
If PACETULSA NETWORK can help you in any way prepare your teen to become a capable driver, what resources would you like to have available?
RISK FACTORS FOR TEENAGE DRIVERS
Escape that’s the first thing that comes to your teens mind when they think about a driver’s license. Teen’s don’t have the same level of responsibility as adults when it comes to traffic knowledge and driving. Teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes, mainly because of their immaturity, lack of skills, and lack of experience. They speed, they make mistakes, and they get distracted easily – especially if their friends are in the car. To help your teen stay safe behind the wheel, all 50 States and the District of Columbia have a three-stage graduated driver licensing (GDL) system that limits high-risk driving situations for new drivers. This approach can reduce your teen’s crash risk by as much as 50 percent. As your local DMV for information.
What Can You Do to help your teen driver?
-Learn about your State’s graduated driving laws GDL. Restrict teen’s night driving and passengers, prohibit driving while using the phone or other electronic devices, and require seat belt use at all times. Don’t let your team carries too much cash while driving. don’t allow your teens vehicle to have a loud stereo system installed. make sure your teens vehicle has safety equipment in it at all times (first aid, tire guage, flashlights, fuses and a spare tire.)
-Talk to your teen about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Remind them that it is illegal to drink under the age of 21, and it is illegal—and deadly—to drink and drive. If a teen is under 21, his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) should always be at .00.
– Be a good role model. Remember that your child looks to you as a driver, so practice safe driving yourself. Set aside time to take your teen on practice driving sessions. This time could be spent having serious talks about responsibility.
Stay involved your teens driving habits from beginning throughout young adulthood.
You see your teen engaged in a distraction behavior make sure there are consequences. Consider suspending your teen’s driving privileges, further limiting the hours during which they can drive, or limiting the places where they can drive. Parents could also consider limiting a teen’s access to their cell phone. Limiting the amount of money they have for an event or for luxury items. Making sure they go back to their driver’s manual and review. And make sure you listen to what their understanding is about the distracted behavior. Make corrections if necessary. Reward where appropriate.
You’ve been protecting your kids their whole lives. So don’t just hand them the keys to a two-ton machine with no rules… Talk it out. Tell your teenagers they have to agree to 5 rules to drive: no cell phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and buckle-up. Set the rules before they hit the road.
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