Safety Tips For Teenage Drivers

If your teenager has finally hit that magical age “16”, you are probably going to need some help. As many parents know and dread, this is the time in which they must teach their child how to drive. This can be a very stressful experience and can cause many worries, but with the right safety tips you can help your teenager be a safe driver. This will not only help you while teaching them to drive, but it will protect them once they no longer have your aid.

Don’t Drive While Emotional

This is one of the biggest problems for teenage girls. While emotional, they pay much less attention to the road and everything that is happening around them. This will increase their risk of getting into an accident. If they just broke up with their long-time boyfriend or girlfriend, or even if they just did bad on an assignment and were upset over it, try to avoid having them drive. It isn’t worth the risk.

Don’t Drive With Friends

One of the first things that your teenager is going to want to do once they get their license is drive their friends around. However, the law restricts their privilege to drive somebody else until they have had their license for at least six months. After this point, it is up to you to decide if they are ready to drive with a friend.

Test their driving abilities by riding with them. If you are pleased, then consider allowing them to have friends in the car. However, restrict any friends that may be a distraction, or may encourage them to make wrong choices – such as speeding or doing donuts in a parking lot.

Talk With Them

The best thing that you can do to help your teenager is talk with them. Explain to them your worries and make sure that they understand the risk that their life is under when they make the wrong decisions while driving. Most teenagers see themselves as being invincible, but they truly aren’t. Make this apparent. For a little help, you can even show them graphic crashes that have occurred with other teenagers, reminding them to make safe decisions.


It is time to hand them the keys and let them get behind the wheel. Buckle up for safety and allow them to begin taking the ride of their life. Eventually, they will prove themselves safe drivers and your worries will be gone. For now, help them as much as you can.

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posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012