Preventing Distracted Driving with Teens

Posted on: January 20th, 2017 by Bain & Rodzik

For parents of teenagers, there is no more stressful or worrisome time than when their child ventures out onto the roadways for the first time. We worry because we were that age once and we know how easy it can be to become distracted while driving. But, we worry even more because unlike us, today’s teen drivers also have things like cell phones, tablets, and other digital devices with them so their risks of being distracted is multiplied.

It’s natural for parents to worry because once their child is on the road, they don’t have any control over them. So, the best thing parents can do is to try and educate and support their teen drivers so they can hopefully avoid being distracted while they’re behind the wheel. Here, our attorney Wilmington NC shares some tips for parents of new drivers to help them build households of safe drivers.

Have a Conversation About Distracted Driving

It might not be easy to get your teen to sit down long enough to have a conversation but this one is important. You need to emphasize the rules and responsibilities of being a safe and respectful driver. Remind your teen that driving is a task that requires his or her full attention because things happen quickly on the road and sometimes they need to be able to react equally as quick. If your teen has to send a text or make a call, it can either wait until they reach their destination or they need to pull over to the side of the road to do it. And, before you hand over the keys, have your teen take the pledge to be a focused and safe driver.

Get Familiar With Your State’s Graduated License Program

When your teen receives his or her driver’s license, it does not come with the freedom of an adult license. They are driving under a graduated license program in which they have to follow certain rules and guidelines. Depending on where you live, this can mean restricted driving hours or restrictions on how many people can be in the car with them at one time. After a period of time, the teen will “graduate” to their adult driver’s license as long as they have proven to be safe drivers during their probationary driving period. As a parent, it is important to know what your state’s graduated licensing guidelines are and to reinforce them with your teen. If necessary, you can even create your own rules when it comes to your teen’s driving allowances.

Lead By Example

If you want your teen to be a good driver, you have to be a good driver. After all, you can’t expect them to do something if you don’t do it. So, lead by example and be the type of driver you want your teen to be. You’ll be surprised to find just how likely your teen driver will be to mimic your driving habits.

Was Your Teen in an Auto Accident? Call Bain & Rodzik Today

It’s no surprise that teen drivers are involved in more auto accidents than any other age group, and most of those accidents are caused by distracted drivers. It’s never easy to accept, but the fact is your teen is more likely to involved in an accident than not. But, if your teen happens to be involved in an auto accident and it wasn’t their fault, contact Bain & Rodzik today. Our attorney in Wilmington NC will be able to help you get the damages you’re owed.

Get the experienced representation you need – call Bain & Rodzik today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a consultation or visit our website at bainandrodzik.com. With Bain & Rodzik, your initial consultation is always free, so there’s no risk in having us review your case.

 

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