Keeping your teen safe and teaching them to respect the road can both keep them from getting hurt and help keep your car insurance down as well. Here are a few helpful tips you can share with your kids before they get behind the wheel.
Talk to them early
Talking to your kids early and often about driving safety can make a big difference. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for 15-19 year olds in the US, and taking preventative measures before your teen gets their driver’s license can help prevent them from becoming a statistic. By setting ground rules early, you can help them understand the importance of driving safe.
Get them off the phone
More and more car accidents are caused by using your phone while driving. In fact, 27% of all motor vehicle crashes can be linked back to mobile phone use. That’s why emphasizing how dangerous sending a text or a tweet on the road can be is crucial for teens and parents alike. If you’re driving at 55 miles per hour and you look down to check your phone, you’ll travel the length of a football field before you look up again. It’s yet another reason why you should put down the phone before start your engine.
Set a good example
The easiest way to teach your kids how to drive safe is simple: just be a safe driver! By showing your teenager how to drive safe and demonstrating good driving habits (including putting down that cell phone!) he or she will have a clear example of what to do, and what not to do, while driving.
Visit the ITS blog for more ways to stay safe behind the wheel, and visit our contact us page or call at 321-888-8888 if you or your child have received injuries from a car accident.