Parental involvement is one of the most important factors in keeping teen drivers safe.
But most parents assume that our teenagers are better, safer drivers than they really are.
89% of teens said they reply text message or email within five minutes even if they are driving a car, according to an AT&T survey.
Consequently, too many of us are not talking with our teenagers about good driving habits and motor vehicle safety.
Commit to making your kid a safer driver
- Set a good example. Demonstrate safe driving habits: focus on the road, and obey the speed limit.
- Trust, but verify. Vehicle monitoring systems and apps can help track your teen’s driving during the crucial learning period.
- Get a parent-teen safe driving agreement. This contract from the CDC sets clear rules, and is a good reminder of the responsibility that comes with operating a motor vehicle.