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Keeping a teen driver safe, three tips for parents

Summertime is one of the best times of the year, especially for teenagers with newly printed driver’s licenses. For parents of these teenagers, the summer can be as much of a source of stress as it is one of joy.

Due to a variety of reasons, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends are the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers. Here are a few things that concerned parents can do to help keep their children safe on the road.

  1. Have conversations: According to the National Highway Safety Association, having conversations with your teen about rules and expectations can be an effective way of promoting safe driving. While your child has taken the necessary tests to obtain their license, continuing to preach good habits can help keep safe driving at the forefront of their minds.
  2. Set guidelines, expectations and consequences: Driving is a privilege, and one of the ways that you can enforce good driving behaviors is setting rules with consequences. Because teen accidents occur more at night, you may want to establish a driving curfew. Furthermore, you can set guidelines about how many people they can have in the car with them and where they keep their phone while behind the wheel.
  3. Set a good example: Teenagers can be a very difficult age group to parent. Teens are at a time when they want to express their individuality and may be less willing to follow orders. Setting a good example of safe driving can make your teen more open to following your rules and listening to your conversations about safe driving.

Managing new freedoms

Parenting a teenager can be extremely challenging. While you want to allow your child to learn how to handle new responsibilities on their own, you also want to make sure that you provide your child with proper guidance.

With driving, this balance becomes even more important. By continuing to promote safe driving, hopefully, your child can remain safe while enjoying their newfound freedom.

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