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Six ways to teach your kid to be a safe driver

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you have a teenager at home, you’re probably nervous about them taking to the road on their own. This is understandable. After all, their lack of experience could put them at a greater risk of being involved in a car or truck accident. As worrisome as that can be, there are things that you can do to help equip your child with the skills needed to stay safe on the road. Let’s look at some of them here.

  1. Avoiding distractions: This might seem obvious, but if you want to keep your child safe then you need to teach them to avoid distractions behind the wheel. This includes avoiding texting and driving, and other forms of distraction, too, such as eating while driving and taking your eyes off the road to interact with passengers. It might help to give your child some statistics about distracted driving, such as the distance that is traveled during the brief seconds when one’s eyes are taken off of the road, so that they can fully appreciate the danger of distracted driving.
  2. Don’t trust other drivers: You also want your child to be a defensive driver. One of the keys to defensive driving is to be untrusting of other motorists. By expecting the worst of these other drivers, your child will be better able to anticipate unexpected vehicle movements that could put them in danger.
  3. Safe traveling distance: A lot of new drivers are injured when they’re involved in a rear-end collision. These wrecks often occur because the young driver is simply following too closely to the driver in front of them. A good rule of thumb to teach your child is that they should keep three seconds between them and the vehicle in front of them. This can be achieved by picking a stationary object that is being passed, like a road sign, and counting how long it takes to pass it after the driver in front passes it. This is an easy test that your child will be able to remember and apply.
  4. Avoiding sudden movements: Drivers who make erratic movements are more likely to be involved in a car accident. Therefore, your child may be kept safer if they learn to signal early, ease over when changing lanes, and brake and accelerate in a smooth fashion.
  5. Obeying traffic laws: Again, this seems like common sense, but a lot of teenage drivers try to push the limits by skirting traffic laws, whether that means speeding, rolling through stop signs, or changing lanes without signaling. Teach your kid about the risks of violating these laws and the harm that can be caused to them as a result.
  6. Helping your child practice: Ultimately, safe driving skills are going to come with time, practice, and coaching. With that in mind, it’s going to be extremely helpful for your child to have some guidance and some extra driving time under your supervision. So, be sure to give your child the driving attention that they need and take corrective action when necessary to remedy risky driving behavior.

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We hope that these tips will put your child on the path to successful and safe driving. Unfortunately, even the most cautious drivers must share the road with drivers who are careless. If you or someone in your family has been injured in an accident, an attorney can help you understand your options for recovering compensation.