5/15/2012 12:59 AM

Talking To Your Teens About Safe Driving

Summer is just around the corner and this is the time of year where everybody should be more cautious on the road, especially young drivers.  The months between graduation and summer vacation are the most deadliest for teenage drivers.

For many, it will be their first taste of freedom as they become new license holders.  For parents, it can be the most nerve wrecking, but they are also the key in helping lower the risk of accidents among youth.

Many parents believe that drunk driving is the number one cause of teenage accidents when in reality it is not.  Risky driving behaviors such as texting, speeding, rowdy passengers, and talking on the phone play a major role in youth accidents.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of risky driving behavior before they are old enough to get behind the wheel.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, August, July, May and June are the four deadliest months for youth crash deaths.

Parents’ involvement is the most important key in the safety of their child.  Having more than one conversation and bringing up scenarios while you are in the car with them can help them better understand the importance of safe driving.   Many insurance companies offer parent-teen driving contracts which can also be an excellent tool for starting a conversation.

Parents should also set a good example for their teens while driving, by not repeating the same habits that they want their children to avoid.  Children learn by example and driving is no exception.Communication and parental involvement may be the best solution to help deter fatal accidents among teens.



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