When teenagers have their licenses, it can be hard to make sure they stay safe when they are on their own. Being able to drive alone is exciting, and it is easy for new drivers to forget the safety rules of the road. As a parent, what can you do to help keep your young adult safe while they are behind the wheel?
Teenagers are the demographic with the highest likelihood of getting in a car accident. The efforts parents take can make the difference in whether or not their children come home safely. Here are some things any parent can do to make sure their children are safe on the road.
Provide a proper road safety kit
Every driver should have a thorough road safety kit. These kits should at least include a car jack, road flares, traffic cones, blankets, a first aid kit, and a tire iron. A portable battery to charge cell phones and other essential devices can help ensure your teen can make a phone call that could save a life.
Regularly inspect the vehicle
Experienced drivers know what to look for when checking a car. Checking the integrity of the windshield wipers, brakes, tire pressure, and signal lights can ensure that the driver has what they need to stay safe on the road.
Have a serious conversation with your child
Many people, adults and children, take road safety for granted. Talk with your teen to make sure they understand how to spot reckless drivers, say “no” to bad decisions, avoid common distractions, and call for help when they cannot drive themselves home. Eating and driving should not be the reason someone never makes it back.
As a parent, you have been looking out for your children their whole lives. Make sure that you are looking out for them when they are behind the wheel on their own. Please take a moment with your teen to cover these tips to protect their future.