How To Teach Your Teen To Be A Smarter And More Careful Driver
1. Always Buckle Up.
Some young drivers don’t like putting their seatbelts on because they think that it’s not really needed. But if you have a kid who just got his learner’s permit, then you should tell him to buckle up even though he is just going to a classmate’s house which is just a few blocks away. Seatbelts have saved hundreds of lives and have kept many protected from the brunt of car collisions.
2. Don’t Ever Drive After Drinking.
Let’s face it – there are a lot of teens who get drunk while partying. So, what should you do if your kid is going to a party and you just know that there’s going to be beer and alcohol? Well, you can’t have your child locked up at home because you don’t want him to get drunk. One thing that you can do is to explain to him the negative effects of drinking. Then, make sure that he understands how dangerous it is to drive while impaired. He should also know that DUIs are pretty serious offenses that can land him in a juvenile facility.
3. Avoid Distractions While Operating a Vehicle.
There are so many things that can distract a driver, including modern gadgets, like cell phones and laptops. Some teens have also mastered the art of applying make-up while driving, which some believe is actually kind of cool. But it’s not; it’s in fact very dangerous since a distracted driver can cause a road accident that can lead to serious injury or death. Therefore, young drivers must be taught to turn off or ignore electronic devices and to focus their entire attention on driving.
4. Do not Drive When Sleepy or too Tired.
If a teen drives when too tired or sleepy, he can nod off when on the road and cause an accident. Young drivers, and even seasoned vehicle operators, must avoid driving all night without resting. Sleep is needed in order for a person to be more focused and alert. When sleepy or exhausted, a person’s reflexes become inhibited, and so he might not be able to react quickly if needed. For teens, the best solution is to ask their parents to drive them around if they feel too tired to do so. As for adults, if they really need to drive at dawn or late at night, then they should seriously consider purchasing a stay awake device that either emits an alarm or vibrates when it detects that a driver is nodding off.
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