According to several news agencies, the number of auto accidents that lead to fatalities involving teen drivers and passengers still represent a major concern to traffic authorities.
Several safety advocates have been asking parents to not only purchase safe vehicles for their teen drivers but also to focus on teaching their children how to safely and meticulously operate a vehicle in a defensive manner to avoid crashes that could cost their lives.
Recently, Sake Kids held a conference in Connecticut to promote the importance of keeping children safe while they are riding with their parents. They also talked about teen drivers and certain steps parents can take to make the teen’s driving experience a safe one.
According to the news, multiple parents whose children were killed in auto accidents have been talking to the media to urge other parents to focus on car safety. One of the tips many parents give to other parents regarding car safety includes keeping a driving plan that should be shared with your teen driver in order to give him or her a sense of security and confidence by allowing the driver to follow certain guidelines concerning time of travel, route, destination, when the teen is supposed to arrive and depart, contingency plans in case they experience an emergency, etc.
Parents should also add another item to this driving plan list, according to some articles. Ensuring your teen driver is well-rested and alert before he or she gets behind the wheel could also help to avoid accidents.
Parents could follow this plan by asking each topic to the teen before he or she departs. Safety advocates encourage parents to keep the teen from driving if he or she is not able to give the parent a straight answer regarding any of these subjects.
Driving around for the sake of it could be dangerous to certain teens who are not yet confident of their driving abilities. Parents must keep that in mind and remember that having a focused plan of action and a destination can help parents to monitor their teen’s whereabouts and force the teen to focus on the driving by avoiding distractions and staying alert in order to make it to where they are supposed to be.
According to some safety advocates, joyriding can be more dangerous than driving with a purpose.
Many publishing houses will be launching books to teach parents how to safely guide their teens when it comes to showing them how important it is for them to focus on the road and avoid distractions.
If you have a child and he or she is about to get behind the wheel, click here to learn more tips on how to teach them safe driving techniques.