This fall could mark many firsts for you and your family, particularly if one of your teenagers is turning 16, and we all know what that means!
This is a crucial event for any parent and one that could trigger some cause for concern. Many teenagers and especially millennials have what is known as the "Superman complex." They believe they are invincible and, thanks to technology, their attention span has been dwindled down to a mere nanosecond. Because of this, it's important to identify potential dangers and distractions your teen may face on the road and to prevent them from getting into an accident. When sitting your son or daughter down for the first time to discuss the rules of the road, make sure you address the following...
Texting and Driving - Teenagers these days are addicted to cell phones and their eyes are glued to these screens virtually 24/7. It is critical that you stress the emphasis of being patient and letting them know that sending a text can be deadly!
Rubbernecking - The only car accident I have ever had was caused by rubbernecking, and it occurred the first week I started driving. An accident caused by rubbernecking happens when drivers, being distracted by something, take their eyes off the road, whether it's a billboard, another accident, or a friend in the car. Driving is a full-time job and just one second of taking your eyes off the road could result in something disastrous.
Speeding and Reckless Driving -Driving for the first time is new and exciting for everyone, and it can be very tempting to put the pedal to the metal and release your inner Jeff Gordon. Young teenagers may also drive recklessly to act cool or impress someone they're with, so make sure that your teen understands the potential danger they could face, and that they must always act responsibly when behind the wheel.
Teenage Drinking & Driving - It's against the law, it's stupid, and it's dangerous! Unfortunately, alcohol consumption is very prevalent in high schools these days. Hopefully, your teenager never has to deal with this issue, but if they do, make sure that they either Uber home or call you to pick them up.
Never Drive Tired - Driving while exhausted can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence. If your new driver is feeling sleepy, tell them to chew gum or ice, turn up the radio or simply pull over and rest instead. Drowsiness is a serious risk while driving and it's not something to mess with!
We hope that these tips and guidelines will make an impact on both you and your upcoming 16-year-old. Although it can be nerve-wracking giving your teenager keys to an automobile, just remember that this is a huge moment that shapes their growth as they draw closer to adulthood.
Before teaching your new driver the rules of the road, give us a call to have an agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also make sure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insurance with us. We wish you the best and good luck to your new drivers!