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How to talk to your teenager about safe driving practices

When your teenager gets their driver's license, it's natural to be happy for them and scared out of your mind at the same time.

On one hand, you know that your child has long dreamed of operating a motor vehicle. Conversely, you understand just how big of a responsibility it is.

There's nothing you can do to guarantee your teen's safety when driving, but there are some steps you can take to put them in position to avoid trouble on the road:

  • Explain the dangers of distracted driving: Every year, thousands of teenagers are injured and killed in distracted driving accidents. It's your responsibility to explain the types of distracted driving, the risks of doing so and the best way to avoid it.
  • Set a good example: You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? If you want your child to drive safely, you should do the same. So, don't talk on your cellphone when they're in the vehicle or drive without your seat belt on. When you do something that's against the law, it may give your child the impression that it's okay to follow suit.
  • Keep coaching: Just because your teen remains safe for the first few months after getting their license doesn't mean you can forget about coaching them. Continue to share safety tips, monitor their driving and make suggestions as necessary.
  • Talk about defensive driving: The safest drivers are defensive drivers, as they're always making decisions with the idea of avoiding trouble. When you explain defensive and aggressive driving, with examples, your teenager will realize how important it is.
  • Discuss the risks of drinking and driving: The older your teenage child becomes, the greater chance there is that they'll eventually experiment with alcohol. It's critical to discuss the risks and dangers of drinking and driving, not only to them but to everyone else on the road.

When you talk to your teen about safe driving, you reduce the risk of them causing an accident. It also gives you peace of mind that they'll be able to avoid trouble on the road.

If your teen is injured in a motor vehicle accident, be sure that they receive immediate medical care. You can then take charge of filing an insurance claim and helping protect their legal rights in North Carolina.

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