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With school in session and winter looming ahead it can be nerve wrecking for parents of teenagers that are driving to and from school each day. To be honest being a parent of a teenage driver is nerve wrecking no matter what the season! You may have to leave your teen up to learning their own mistakes when it comes to driving but you can prepare them the best you can when it comes to safety issues. No matter how responsible your teen is anything can happen when driving.
Safety Tips for Teenage Drivers
1. Keep a phone in the glove box. Teens can’t get through driver’s ed without learning the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving but keeping a spare in the glovebox in case of emergencies is a smart call. This leaves it inaccessible while driving but easy to get in the case of an emergency or break down. If your teen has a phone ask them to keep it inside their purse or glove box while driving.
2. U.S. Cellular’s Vehicle Monitoring System – After installing the module in the car parents can use the app to check a vehicle’s location as well as decipher engine error codes when mechanical issues arise.
3. Check ALL mirrors BEFORE putting the vehicle in drive. This is an easy tip to forget but adjusting your mirrors while you’re parked is much safer for a teen driver than needing to adjust them on the road or highway when you realize you can’t see to merge!
4. Basic maintenance care – Teach your teen the basics of maintenance for their vehicles and keep all fluids and equipment in the car stocked at all times. Teach them how to jump their car in case of a dead battery, check and top of fluids, find appropriate licenses and insurance papers, contact a towing company and change a tire. Also talk about the importance of safety measures if you are broken down on a highway or side of the road.
5. How to respond – This seems so simple but teaching your teen HOW to respond if they are getting pulled over and dealing with a police officer, especially nowadays, is VERY important. Also teaching your teen how to respond in the event they are in a car accident is extremely important. If you live in the country you may want to let them know how to react if they hit a deer or other wildlife animal. Other things to mention might be hitchhikers, what to do if you feel unsafe, dark empty parking lots, etc.
6. TextArrest app- If your teenager does have a phone look into the TextArrest app which locks the phone screen when traveling faster than 5 mph.
Download the FREE Parent-Child Phone Agreement here to help facilitate open conversation about the acceptable use of mobile devices!