It’s a rite of passage, isn’t it? That first driver’s license and the freedom that comes with it as a teenager. Yes, having the keys to a car opens worlds that were previously closed and makes a teen feel like he or she is grown up.
But the fact is that they are not grown up. They’re only 16 or so and they are newbies behind the wheel of a car. They haven’t got much experience at the wheel but they feel as though nothing can touch them.
While we can all think back and remember those days, it’s also terrifying for a parent to consider what could happen. A big reminder of that is when parents go to get New Jersey car insurance quotes and find that teen drivers are expensive to insure. That’s because they are responsible for significantly more accidents and claims than other age groups.
While you may be uncomfortable talking about the birds and the bees, driving should be a different story. It is super important to talk directly to your teen about driving, and especially today, to discuss how important it is to turn the cell phone off while they are driving. Kids who text while driving can find themselves in a serious accident.
It is not uncommon for kids today to drink alcohol even if they are underage. Again, it is vitally important to discuss not drinking and driving and also not getting into the car with a driver who has had something to drink. Parents should encourage their kids to call if they need a ride rather than drive with someone who is impaired.
Teens don’t feel that they are impaired after a beer or two, so it is important that parents get through to teen drivers that even one beer is too many to drive safely. Having open lines of communication with your teen can help insure that you are the first person he or she calls instead of driving under the influence.
Because kids feel so untouchable it is also important that teen drivers understand what could happen in a moment of carelessness. While the jury is out on whether or not those scary driver ed films are effective, it really is a good idea for your teen to take a formal driver education course before going solo in a car. Arm your teen with the skills he or she needs to be safe.