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Teen Drivers: How Parents Can Teach Their Kids to Be Smart on the Road

As a parent, it’s important that you work on teaching your kids to be smarter and safer on the road, behind the wheel of a vehicle. With the advancement of technology in cars nowadays, it’s easier than ever to become distracted while driving. However, here are a few ways parents can teach their kids to drive safer.

Practice Good Driving Behaviors

Every parent should know that practicing good behaviors will teach their kids to develop good behaviors, especially when driving. Although you shouldn’t start doing this when they’re teenagers, you should start when they’re even younger, since they can still absorb the knowledge of you performing good behaviors. It’s important for you to be a role model for your kids, no matter the age. In fact, you should even allow your kid to hold you accountable as a safe and dependable driver. By doing this, allow them to do tasks for you while you’re driving, such as getting directions and keeping an eye on their side of the road as you turn.

Get Rid of Distractions

Nearly 15 percent of teen distracted driving accidents are caused due to other passengers in the car talking to them. However, anything that takes a driver’s hands, eyes, and general focus off the road is a distraction. But, some of the most dangerous driving habits include eating, drinking, looking around the vehicle, and using music on an electronic device. As a parent, it’s important to teach your teen to ignore these distractions early on in life to prevent them from getting into an accident because of them. Encourage your kids to be safe passengers by not distracting the driver and removing any distraction from the driver of the vehicle.

Understand and Follow the Rules of the Road

You can’t properly teach your teen how to drive safely if you don’t know. Take some time to review the official rules of the road before taking your child out for a spin. This way, you can set a good example and ensure the information you are offering them is the same that they have heard from their teachers.

Communication is Key

You shouldn’t only rely on your kid’s driver’s education program to teach them everything they need to know about driving safe. As a parent, you should be constantly making sure your kid is well versed in the rules of the road and make safe driving a common discussion topic.

As a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your kids to be smarter and safer on the road ahead. Hopefully, with the help of these tips, you can train your kids to be smarter drivers, while improving your driving ability as well.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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