How good of a driver would you say your teenager is?
As some other parents could tell you, their teens don’t always do the best when it comes to navigating the roads.
With that in mind, what steps can you take to make sure your teen’s driving skills are as sharp as they should be?
Driving Safety Can Be a Life and Death Matter
In making sure your teen’s driving is as good as it can be, remember these three keys:
- Focus – Does your son or daughter in fact focus when out on the road? Unfortunately, too many teenagers don’t make the road ahead of them the number one focus when driving. As a result, it can lead them to be more susceptible to accidents. If your teen seems to be losing focus when behind the wheel, sit them down and discuss the dangers of not focusing. It only takes losing focus for a few seconds to lead to a serious accident.
- Distractions – Speaking of focus, does your teen find distractions when out driving? If so, it can lead to an accident. It can also mean a visit from law enforcement. From using a hand-held cell phone to getting into a road rage incident, your teen might get a ticket. If he or she does, do not brush it off as not being that big of a deal. Points on the driving record and fines can add up before you know it. That is one reason why sending your teen to traffic school is the smart thing to do. By going to traffic school, your teen can sharpen his or her driving skills. Also keep in mind that many can attend traffic school online. With that being the case, don’t let your teen get out of traffic school because they do not want to attend it in person.
- Vehicle – Never overlook the vehicle that your teenager drivers. With that in mind, did you buy your teen a used or new vehicle? In some families, teens will end up driving the family vehicle until being able to get one on their own. If you are thinking of buying a used car or truck for your kid, be sure you do your homework. That said this is why a VIN search matters so much. By having the vehicle I.D. number, you can learn different details about the car or truck you have interest in. From knowing about any accidents the vehicle was in to any recalls now; make sure you get the details. The last thing you’d want to do is buy a used vehicle for your kid that is not in the best of shape. Given teens don’t have the driving experience of adults; they can get in more accidents. Give your teen all the right tools needed to be a good driver.
So your teen improves their driving skills, will you pull forward with the right moves?