Tri County Collision Center
by admin, April 29, 2022, Tips
Spring is here and teens are getting their licenses, out of school, and preparing for those summer vibes. We all dread that call when our kids have been in an accident with hopes that no one is injured. While our car’s collision repairs can usually still be fixed the metal trauma and injuries to our kids may not be so easy. There is nothing more exciting than to have that freedom to roam. Keep them safe as they start their journey.
Here are a few tips for that talk as parents all need to have with our teens with summer vibes and better weather on the way.
Make seat belt use mandatory
This is a law in most states so make it a habit. Talk to your teens and let them know that the first thing they need to do when getting behind the wheel is to buckle up. Let them know that in addition to being the law, wearing a seat belt can save their life or reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident. This is a rule of thumb for the driver and passengers.
According to the CDC, the presence of teen passengers in the car will increase the crash risk of any unsupervised teen drivers, with that risk increasing even more with each additional teen passenger. Check with your state regulations…some states prohibit new drivers within the first six months to drive passengers that are not related to them. This means that for the first half year they have a license, they can only drive family members. Too many teens in one car can be a recipe for disaster, especially when the music is pumping and everyone’s talking.
Limit After Dark Driving
Unless a job requires it limit night-time driving. Statistics show many fatal accidents occur at night, whether it’s a teenager or the other drivers on the road, due to fatigued, impaired, distracted, or issues with night vision making it harder to see at night. Night-time also makes driving more challenging, especially for teens who don’t have a lot of experience and are still green behind the wheel. Discourage your teen from driving unsupervised after 10 p.m. Some states even have curfews in place for new drivers, not allowing them to drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. or midnight and 5 a.m. This will also give you peace of mind as a parent that you can use the law to back up your concerns and rules.
Be Patient & Know the Rules
While your teen driver may be chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel, they may also feel anxious about this new responsibility. They may hesitate to come out and tell you, which is why you should take the time to ease their anxiety. Let them know you recognize how stressful driving can be, which can increase the likelihood of getting into an accident on busy roads. Share some teenager moments you had and how it impacted you. Let your teen know it’s OK to pull over (where safe to do so) and let traffic pass if they are feeling pressured or rushed. Rules and safety of the roadways is #1 with educating your teenagers.
The Smart Phone Talk
No driver should be on their phone while behind the wheel, but this is especially important for teens with the escalation in texting, new app distractions, and cars with no hands-free phone options. Cell phone use is one of the top causes of distracted driving crashes in this country. Encourage your teen from using the phone while driving. Hands-free talking can still be very distracting, as well as looking at your phone while utilizing apps like WAZE and other Mapping apps. Let your passenger map directions while you drive or call people back when you are no longer behind the wheel. If you are alone and need to use the mapping apps there are suggested places to place your phone in a holder for driving apps that keeps you looking ahead with less distractions. If at all possible, tell them to put their phone in their glove compartment or in their purse on silent so it’s there for an emergency but they can’t easily be tempted to use it while driving.
Don’t Act Crazy in the Car – Be a Role Model
It’s easy to get distracted with friends are telling them to look at their phone, look at something they are passing by, getting involved in a conversation and not paying attention, or passengers not wearing seatbelts and freely distracting the driver with erratic behavior. As a parent means modeling good behavior – in all aspects of life. Show them how to be a good driver with your own actions and they are more likely to model that behavior on their own. Practice what you preach…do your part by not texting and driving, wearing a seatbelt, and not speeding when rushed. Hopefully, they will remember that when they’re behind the wheel themselves.
Tri County Collision Center wants you to stay safe on the roads attending events, visiting family, commuting to work, or just out for a drive. If you need any help please give us a call at 215.322.5350 or just stop in if you’re in need of auto collision services.
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