There are a lot of wonderful programs out there, such as Driver’s Ed and other behind-the-wheel educational programs, that are helping teen drivers everywhere. In any one of these programs, your teen driver can leaern safer and better driving techniques. Unfortunately, these programs alone cannot suffice in fully educating a teen driver and also in helping them to develop good habits while out on the road. The specific needs of each individual teenager is far too grand for a program to help more than in in just a general sense.
So, what else can be done in the world of teen driving, to make sure teens are completely prepared for the open road, instilling safe habits as they go out on their own? Let’s take a look at a few statistics, to show us what really can be done in providing the guidance teen drivers need.
The number one killer of teens, in the United States, are traffic accidents. That fact is heartbreaking, but it should also be heart-moving. How? This should move parents and other role-models alike, into starting a real conversation with their teen drivers. Taking the time to talk to a teen driver, and helping them to appreciate the big responsibility they are in possession of every time they touch the wheel, can be the difference between life and death. This doesn’t just mean parents, however. Some teen drivers may be more receptive to other strong adult presences in their lives, so it takes everyone to really help a teen driver stay safe.
If you, or the teen driver in your life, are not big talkers, then just saying a few words to encourage wearing a seat belt can go a long way. Truthfully, teen drivers have the lowest seat-belt use rate compared to all other age groups. Actually, only about 13% of occupants don’t wear seat-belts, but 47% of occupant fatalities are from or involve not wearing a seatbelt. This figure helps us see the importance of everyone wearing seatbelts, including teen drivers.
Teens and teen drivers spend most of their time distracted by either their phone, their TV, or other time-draining tools, which may make it hard on parents and others, in talking with the teen driver in their life. As we see though, this isn’t something to procrastinate on. Teen drivers need to find new and improved ways of driving, and they cannot do that without the help of their parents and role models. Always make time to spend with your teen. Keep up with their driving habits, pay attention to what distracts them, and make sure they learn the importance of arriving in one piece. If you do this, and if all parents and adults did this, you would probably end up seeing a very safe roadway, full of the next generation’s safety-conscious teen drivers.