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How Can Parents Teach Their Teens Safe Driving Practices?

Teen drivers are statistically more likely to get tickets or to get into accidents. This is partially because they lack experience behind the wheel. It is also because they are more likely to use a cell phone or engage in other dangerous behavior while driving. As a parent, what can you do to teach your teen safe driving practices?

Make Sure to Model Good Driving Habits

Whenever you are driving with your teen, make sure that you are modeling good driving behavior. This means that you should abstain from using your phone, drive at or below the posted speed limit and stay calm. You should make sure to use your mirrors and to adjust your speed to account for snow or ice on the road.

Enroll Your Teen in Driver Education Courses

Driver education courses taught by professional drivers may help your teen learn good driving habits. It may be ideal for parents who may not be patient enough to deal with their teen’s mistakes or who may be too nervous to be in the car with an inexperienced driver. In addition to teaching your teen how to drive, it may qualify your son or daughter for an auto insurance discount.

Talk about What Happens After an Accident

It is possible that your teen driver will get into an accident no matter how carefully he or she may be. Professionals, like those at the Alexander Law Group, know that learning about protocol after an accident is important. It is also important that your teen knows to stay put, call the police and gather as much information about the incident as possible. This is usually true whether or not your child was at fault for the accident.

Take Control of Your Child’s Vehicle

If you don’t trust your teen to be safe behind the wheel, there are things that you can do to force your teen to be responsible. For instance, you can install devices into the car that show exactly where your teen has been and how fast he or she has gone. It may also be possible to install apps on a phone that link to the car and restrict a driver’s cell phone access while the car is in motion.

As a parent, your child’s safety is a top priority. While you may not be excited about the thought of your teen driving, it is a skill that needs to be taught eventually. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that your teen driver stays safe when he or she is behind the wheel.

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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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

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- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
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