When it comes to teens, parental involvement is vital. Talking to teens about the consequences of drinking and driving can’t simply be one conversation that occurs when teens obtain their driver’s license. It’s an ongoing issue. Parents must be vigilant when it comes to teens and alcohol. Alcohol-related crashes are one of the leading causes of accident-related fatalities. Parents don’t want their teens to be hurt in accidents and, of course, they don’t want their teens to hurt anyone else when they’re behind the wheel. The following tips can help parents navigate this issue that simply can’t be left alone.
It’s understandable that the parents of teen drivers worry about their safety. Parents concern themselves with their child’s well-being from even before birth. One does not have to look very hard in the current news to find sad and sometimes gruesome stories of how teen drivers who engaged in risky behaviors behind the wheel paid the ultimate price of death. Sometimes, these teens take with them their friends or family members who were riding in the vehicle, and they might even injure or kill drivers or occupants in other vehicles. With all of these well-publicized incidents, many people naturally assume that teen drivers in the United States are a big danger on the roads. Such anecdotal evidence might make for good water cooler talk, but it does not prove that teens are any more of a danger than other groups of drivers.
A driver’s license is considered by most teens as a stepping stone in their quest for independence as young adults. Once they have their operator’s or driving permit, they have the ability to visit friends, go out on their own, and get from A to B whenever necessary. Learning to drive is stressful and teens need help and support from their parents as they go through the complex, and at times, confusing process of learning how to drive and safely handle a car. As a parent, you can assist your children to learn how to drive safely and responsibly, and in so doing minimize the risk of accident or injury. This is an onerous responsibility, as statistics show that teens are three times more likely to have an accident than older drivers and they account for nearly 30 percent of the total costs of vehicle related injuries.
Teaching your teen how to drive can be fun and exciting, but more often than not, it is scary and terrifying! As a driving instructor, I know what it’s like to sit in the passenger seat while a brand new driver takes control of the vehicle, and your life! That’s why teaching you teen to drive should start before you even get into the vehicle. Communication is key to having a fun and safe learning experience. In this article, you will learn some ways to prepare for that dreaded first driving lesson and also how to properly communicate with your teen while on the road. Driving is fun and teaching someone how to drive can be fun, too!
With the “age of the Internet” in full swing, there are some new and unique ways to take drivers ed. More states are now approving online drivers education courses to complete the bookwork and classroom portion of teen driver training. While some teens do benefit from a typical classroom environment, most tend to learn more and score higher on their permit exams by enrolling in an interactive online driving school. The main problem is, not all online drivers education courses are created equal. In this section of the site, I will give extremely detailed reviews about the different online drivers ed programs available and even show you how to make sure you get the best possible price. If you plan on using an online drivers ed course, this is a must read.
The majority of fatal accidents are caused by drunk driving and unfortunately, this is especially true for teen drivers. When a teen driver consumes alcohol, a deadly combination of events take place. First, most teens have a far lower tolerance to alcohol than adults. They are also generally less experienced with alcohol and do not know safe limits. Since alcohol greatly impairs judgement and reasoning abilities, teens may succumb to poor choices that lead them to getting behind the wheel. Their inexperience with driving is then combined with the decreased motor skills from intoxication. Many teens get away with driving drunk several times and this leads to an increase in confidence. Nobody on the road is more dangerous than a confident and intoxicated inexperienced teen driver. Here are the disturbing statistics all parents should know and share with their teens.
Many parents simply do not have the money to send their kids to a private online drivers ed program, and yet, they still want to see their kids reach the milestone of obtaining a drivers license. Let’s face it, your teen getting their license is just as much about YOUR freedom as it is theirs! Luckily, the internet has brought us new forms of education. Not only can drivers ed be cheap, it can also be highly effective! Online education is nothing new, but many parents are unfamiliar with how these cheap online driving lessons work or even if they are safe. I assure you, the cheap driving lessons you find online are not only fairly priced, they are highly effective. Come learn more about the new revolution in teen driver training. Spend less without giving up safety or quality education. As a former driving instructor, I know what to look for in a quality online driving course so I also give you my personal recommendations.
Ahhh yes, the great “driving age debate.” The debate about what age young adults should learn to drive seems to never end. Some say things are fine the way they are now. Others claim increasing the legal driving age by 1 to 2 years would save countless thousands of lives every single year. A rare number of people even think the age should be raised to 21. While the legal driving age probably won’t go to 21 anytime soon, the push for 17 or 18 years of age has been very strong. As a certified driving instructor, former long-haul truck driver (and trainer), and driving enthusiast, I have some pretty strong opinions about this subject. In this opinionated article, I explain why the driving age should stay exactly where it is. Graduated drivers license programs have been implemented in most states. While not all government programs are successful, the graduated drivers license system has proven to be one of the best driver safety programs in history.