If you have a new teen driver in your house, it can be both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. They probably want to be out driving…a lot. And although it might feel good to be able to send them on a few errands here and there, you also are concerned with their safety.
So below we've compiled a short list of things you might want to consider when deciding to let your teen behind the wheel.
3 Things A New Teen Driver Should Never Do
Text and Drive
Let's start with the obvious. Texting and driving has proven to be a major occurrence among teen drivers. It's tempting, especially when you're young and your social life is everything.
It's worth explaining (and could actually be a matter of life and death) to your teen that there's no message in the world that they could possibly receive that would be worth risking their life for. And every time they pick up their phone to check a message, that's exactly what they're doing.
Check their phone if necessary. If there is any sign of texting and driving (example: messages that say “I'll talk to you in awhile, I'm driving right now”) nix the phone privilege, driving privilege, or both!
Have an Unclear Destination
It's appealing to just get in the car and go, and for the most part, that's okay…but not as a teenager. Your teen should have a clear destination in mind when they get behind the wheel, not simply, “We're going to go drive around.”
Having a clear destination will not only keep them out of trouble, but also let them know that driving has a purpose beyond simply driving- to get from point A to point B, as safely and efficiently as possible.
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