RULES TO KEEP YOUR TEEN DRIVER SAFE

Usually, when a teen ager gets a license, you’ll probably feel a whirl of emotions for the things he/she had achieved. But along with that, as a parent, you will also get nervous: Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for people those ages 15 to 20 years old and that is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA. So keep the new driver safe including your child and prevent them from hurting others. Before you hand over the keys take these precautions.

Here are some safety rules to keep your child safe on the road;

RULE # 1- SET LIMITS

All sorts of States have some form of the so-called graduated licensing which imposes restrictions on new drivers such as not driving at night. This licensing is credited with up to 30% decrease in the number of fatal crashes of 15-year olds, according to the study by the Insurance Institute for the Highway Safety. No matter what the laws are in your state, regulate the teen’s driving at first.

· Forbid driving at night without an adult- experts says that 42% of the teen crash deaths occur between 9pm-6am.

· Limit the number of passengers to one- Studies show that the risk of the accident among the youngsters increases with each additional rider.

RULE # 2- GET INSIDE THEIR HEADS

Teens tend to make impulsive emotion-based decisions rather than rational, thought-out ones which is a surprise to the parents according from the researchers at the Harvard McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. It means that the teens may not be as prepared as they might think to drive in difficult conditions, such as inclement weather. Your may have passed the driving test, however, you’ll have peace of mind if you, too, evaluate their abilities.

· Ensure that your teen have mastered driving on quiet streets in good weather before you allow them tackle more-stressful situations. Ensure that they can handle driving on downtown streets or on the highway in fog.

· Look out for the common teen driving mistakes that can lead to accidents-speeding, making sharp turns or abruptly steeping on the brakes too hard.

· Think twice if your teen appears overconfident- Most kids nowadays won’t admit that they are nervous about being behind the wheel in tricky situations since they don’t want to appear fearful or immature. Remind your child that exercising caution is never a cop-out.

RULE # 3 – NOTE THE BIGGEST RISK FACTORS

You’ll reduce the chance of fatal accident if you embrace these on-and-off road strategies.

· Make sure young drivers get enough sleep- fatigue or drowsiness plays a role in 100,000 accidents every year and driver staring from age 25 under are involved in more than half of them according to NHTSA.

· Insist on the belt use- half of the teens who died in crashes weren’t strapped in according to the NHTSA.

· Emphasize the dangers of drinking and driving.

RULE # 4 LIMIT DISTRACTIONS

Drivers who use cell phone, apply make up, eat or are otherwise distracted while driving account for 25% of all accidents according to the NHTSA. Help your teen focus on the road and keep the vehicle free of distractions.

· Set a good example-don’t sip coffee, talk on your cell phone or check the hair in the mirror while you’re at the wheel.

· Don’t let him/her fiddle with the radio-Insist that he/she changed stations, switch CDs pr adjust volume only while stopped.

· Forbid the cell phone while driving- with or without earpiece. Studies have shown that both ways are equally dangerous.

~ by khia0486 on May 12, 2008.

 
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