Adding a teen driver to your household can be challenging for both the parents and the teen. Sure, it’s an exciting time. But there’s a lot of risk for a new driver behind the wheel. And that’s often stressful for both teens and parents alike.
For instance, here are some sobering statistics:
- The fatal crash risk increases for each additional teenage passenger in a teenage driver’s car. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Compared with other age groups, teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Six out of 10 teen crashes are caused by distracted driving. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
So what can you do about these statistics? Parents are the key puzzle piece to training safe drivers. In fact, having a discussion about safe driving behaviors can make your teen more aware.
Safeco created a “Parent-Teen Driving Contract” that you can use to open up the dialogue with your son or daughter. Having the discussion and having him/her physically initial each point might just be enough to make your child aware of the dangers of the road.