Here are some of the safety practices that you should pass onto your teen driver.
As the parent of a new teen driver, you are undoubtedly worried about your child’s safety out on the open road. While you can’t always be there to hold their hand, you can do your best to teach them safe driving practices. Here are some of the safety tips you should teach your child when they are first learning how to drive.
- Keep Your Phone Out of Sight
When you first teach your teen how to drive, always have them keep their phone tucked away in the glove compartment or center console. Additionally, make sure they set their phone to silent before getting behind the wheel. When they cannot see or hear their phone, your teen will be far less likely to get distracted by an incoming text, call, or notification. This will reduce their chances of getting into a distracted driving accident.
- Keep Your Radio Turned Down
While some teens love to blast their music while they are driving, teach your child to always keep his or her music turned down low enough so they can still hear the sounds of traffic. Failing to hear a warning honk or an emergency vehicle (ambulance, fire truck, or police car) is dangerous and could potentially lead to an accident or ticket. So, get your teen into the habit of keeping their radio turned down when they drive.
- Avoid Noisy Passengers
While your child may be excited to drive around all their best friends, you need to put your foot down for their safety. When your teen is behind the wheel, having multiple passengers is very distracting and could cause them to make unsafe driving decisions. So, when your teen is still young and inexperienced, make sure they are alone when they drive.
Pass along these safety tips to your teen driver. And remember, having the right auto insurance protections in place is another important way to keep your teen driver safe. For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact an insurance professional at Westwood Insurance Agency today.