If your teenage child recently received their license, they are probably quite excited about their newfound freedom. You may feel a little apprehensive, as new drivers lack experience and have a higher risk of accidents as a result.
Fortunately, there are lots of things parents can do to keep their teen drivers safe. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure greater peace of mind.
Help your teen driver practice
Repeated practice is the best way to build driving skills, so explore different environments where you live to get accustomed to all sorts of driving conditions. Observe your teen’s actions and make suggestions as needed. Make sure your child understands the rules of the road, as well as any personal rules you establish.
Set limits on nighttime driving
Nighttime driving poses challenges to even seasoned drivers, so less experienced motorists face major risks at night. As a result, you want to limit nighttime driving for the first six months or so. For instance, you can require your teen to be home by eight or nine if they plan on driving. If that is not possible, practice driving at night with your teen. The more experience they have, the lower the risk of an accident.
Operate your vehicle responsibly
Teen drivers will look to their parents for inspiration, so make sure you are setting the right example. Be sure to follow the rules of the road, avoid speeding, and never drive while inebriated. Leave your mobile device on silent and tucked safely away when you are driving. Most importantly, always wear your seatbelt.
It is not always possible to avoid accidents, but these tips can greatly reduce the risk your child faces on the road. They can also help you rest easy since you will know your teen has the tools they need to behave responsibly.