5 to Drive – Quick Tips for Teen Drivers
Uh Oh, here we go...the day many parents face with mixed emotions. My 17-year-old son just got his driver's permit. While I am happy he is experiencing this rite of passage, I cannot deny that I am the typical worried parent, but safercar.gov has five tips to ease this transition.
If you are the parent or grandparent of a teen driver, here are tips and rules to discuss with your teen to keep him or her safe on the road.
No Cell Phones
No one should be using their cell phone while driving. Keep it on silent to avoid distraction.
No Extra Passengers
Don't pack the car with all of your friends. It's distracting, and usually against the law for new drivers.
Stick to the limit. Many teen accidents are due to excessive speed, especially difficult for inexperienced drivers.
Let your teens know if they need a ride home, they can call you without fear. While underage drinking is not legal, if they do drink alcohol, they should always have a designated driver.
A given, but still extremely important, even for trips around the corner. Accidents can happen anywhere at any time.