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Teen Driver Safety

Teen DriverYour teenager has just earned his or her driver’s permit and is now chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel. While you are proud of your kid and know that it’s time to start driving lessons, your heart wishes you could turn back time to the days when the only cars your child drove were found in the toy box.

Your concern is valid. Driving is probably the most dangerous task you do during the course of the day, so you are a bit worried about your kiddo taking the wheel. To help set your mind at ease and ensure that your teen is a safe driver, check out the following tips and techniques:

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best way to get your teen on the road to good driving skills is to grit your teeth and schedule tons of practice sessions. Start out in a large and empty parking lot to let your teen get used to the basics of steering, braking and applying the right amount of gas.

After your teen is more comfortable behind the wheel, head out to neighborhoods and increasingly busy boulevards. To give your teen even more experience, sign him or her up for lessons with a driving school — preferably one that offers practice in challenging conditions. For example, the Institute for Driver Safety includes plenty of practice driving on the freeway, at night and around the airport.

Teach About the Other Driver

Make sure your teen understands that in addition to focusing on what he or she is doing behind the wheel, he or she must be alert to what others are doing on the road. Explain the importance of anticipating that others on the road are bad drivers and watching for cars that might pull out in front of him or her or swerve into his or her lane.

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Part of preparing your teen to be a safe driver is to make sure the vehicle has an emergency kit and to spend some time going over what to do in case of a breakdown. While you don’t want your teen to use a cellphone while driving, stress the importance of having a charged phone in the vehicle. Invest in a car charger, and keep it in the glove box at all times.

Your car also should be equipped with an emergency kit that will help your teen if he or she should be stranded in inclement weather. Go shopping together for a shovel, a box of cat litter for added traction in the snow, a windshield scraper and extra blankets. Also, be sure your teen knows where car maintenance tools are located in the vehicle, such as the jumper cables, the spare tire and a jack and wrench.

Make Driving and Texting a No-no

Talking on a cellphone or texting while driving is a recipe for disaster. Tell your teen that to get to use your car, he or she has to keep the cellphone out of reach while driving. If your state has a law against drivers being on the phone, make sure your teen understands it and explain that there will be severe consequences if he or she is caught on the phone. To help get your point across, be a good role model and keep your own hands on the wheel and off the smartphone while driving.

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