As a parent, you want to keep your child safe. You may have concerns about your teenager’s safety when he or she gets a driver’s license since teenage car accidents are so common.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the highest risk of getting into a car accident when compared with other age groups. Although you cannot fully control your teenager’s driving behaviors, you can help him or her learn how to drive safely.
Lead by example
Whether you notice or not, your teenager likely watches you when you drive and what activities you engage in while you drive. Set a good example by always wearing your seatbelt, never texting and driving and following the rules of the road.
Provide plenty of practice time
If your teenager does not have enough practice behind the wheel, he or she could be more likely to sustain injuries in a vehicle crash. Help your teen get as much practice driving before licensure and provide exposure to driving in many situations, like at night or while it is raining.
Enroll your child in driver’s education
A driver’s education course can provide your teenager with a solid foundation for driving safely. Look into what options are available through your local community or through your child’s school.
Even if your teenager is a safe driver, other drivers may engage in negligent behaviors that result in a serious crash. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident, take steps to protect your right to fair and proper compensation.