If Generation Y is known for anything, it’s for their sense of entitlement. Like all young people, they think that they can’t be stopped. Unfortunately, some thoughts and behaviors need to be stopped, especially when it comes to driving.
The best way to stop teenagers from making mistakes is sharing knowledge.
7. Driving is a Privilege
If a person violates the law, the state won’t hesitate to revoke the license at the drop of a hat. This even includes such “minor” things as having a DUI or an accident without having adequate auto insurance. Too many teens think that they are just going to drive without any sort of penalties, no matter what they do.
The worst time to find out that this is a false assumption is when they receive a court-mandated license suspension that lasts until they’re 21 (or even longer).
6. Insurance for Teens is Expensive
Statistically, teenagers get into many accidents, so their insurance is more expensive than that of more experienced drivers. Also, many insurance companies don’t even want to deal with teens in the first place because of these sorts of hassles.
This lack of supply also drives up the price that teens end up paying.
5. Actions Carry Consequences
Everyone in the car needs to buckle up every single time. The punishment for getting into an accident and not wearing your seat belt is a much higher likelihood of death. The punishment for allowing a friend to ride without a seat belt buckled may very well be losing that friend.
4. Concentrate on the Road
It’s very easy to get distracted behind the wheel. This is when accidents happen. It’s extremely important to focus on driving safely and following the relevant laws, as opposed to whatever else feels important at the time.
3. Avoid Combining Booze With Driving
Teenagers drink alcohol, and they will continue doing so, no matter what adults try to do about it. If you can at least get the message across that drinking reduces the ability to drive effectively and react well, you will have accomplished a large amount of proactive protecting.
2. Stay Within the Speed Limit
Most people see the speed limit as the absolute minimum speed to be driven. However, going above the speed limit at all (especially on curves and during slick conditions) can make it much more difficult to avoid potential hazards through swerving or stopping. Speed limits are there for a reason.
1. Drive Defensively
This means that avoiding an accident is the surest way to protect oneself from the damage it tends to inflict. Leave ample space between your car and the car ahead of you. Keep an eye out for a place to steer toward if something unexpected should happen. Sooner or later, things like that always do occur.
Your teenage driver has a lot to learn. Make sure you teach your child these things. It’s better to get an eye roll than to deal with consequences that could be dire. Besides, your teenager will most likely be rolling his eyes at half the things you say until he’s in his twenties.