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Encouraging your teen to stay safe on the roads

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You’ve watched your child develop over the years at what feels like a rapid rate. Now, they are essentially a young adult. With each day, they garner further independence. In fact, they have just obtained their driving license and are ready to head out on the roads.

You’re excited for them, but at the same time, you’re concerned for their safety. How can you encourage your teen to stay safe while driving?

Lead by example

As an influential person in your teen’s life, they will listen and subconsciously take notes, including when you are driving. You have the ability to demonstrate right from wrong in your own driving, which they will hopefully absorb. For instance, you can show them that anger is never an appropriate response, no matter how careless other drivers are being. You’ll also be able to point out common hazards that you have dealt with over the years, passing on the skills they’ll need to deal with similar situations.

Emphasize the danger of distractions

For seasoned drivers, making decisions out on the road can feel almost automatic. However, the truth is that driving requires very high levels of concentration. Confidence should never turn into complacency. Complacent drivers may become distracted by outside thoughts or face the temptation of quickly checking their cell phone or other devices. Approximately 3,000 people lose their lives every year because of distracted driving accidents, and this is something that cannot be stressed enough.

There’s only so much you can do to encourage safe driving as a parent. Unfortunately, even if your child is responsible, others may not be. If your teen has been hurt because of the negligent driving of someone else, be sure to explore your legal options, as your family may be entitled to significant compensation.