Motor Vehicle related accidents and deaths are rapidly increasing in the recent years. Teenaged drivers are more likely to be in these accidents than adults. This maybe due to the lack of experience to handle the vehicle in risky situations, poor motor coordination skills in handling the complex manoeuvres of driving or simply due to the thrill of speeding and risky behaviour. As parents, here’s what you can do.
Behind the Wheel Practice
School driver’s-ed programs or private driving school Maroubra programs can help provide your teen with the necessary experience to become a better driver because of supervised on-the-road training for a long period of time before the license is obtained. Teenagers are also well educated about the rules of the road and ways to handle complicated traffic situations. Also, once the learners permit is acquired you can let him drive short distances under your supervision. Incidents of crashes are lower during the learner-permit stage because of adult guidance.
Teen owners are more likely to drive smaller or older cars but as beginners, a midsize or full-size car with modern safety measures is the safest choice. Larger cars are used for driving lessons Randwick as well because it offers more protection to the driver and passengers. The risk of speeding is common in sleek and sporty cars because of its modern high performance features. Parents must consider vehicles for their teens based on safety measures installed rather than style and price.
Be a Good Example
The rules you follow as a parent plays a huge role in who your adolescent is as a driver. Wearing the seatbelt even if it is for a short distance, avoiding distractions such as phone calls, eating, drinking or controlling the music, driving within speed limits, lesser late night drives and most importantly no drinking and driving.
Set Up Restrictions
Parents must enforce strict rules at the initial stages of driving. Traffic violations and crashes are lesser when limits are imposed and if neglected strong action must be taken so the fear may deter inappropriate behaviour. Placing a curfew reduces night time driving and hence the risks associated such as crashes due to less alertness and fatigue. Limit the number of teenage passengers as it is safer due to lesser distractions from peers. Inform them about the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or when mentally impaired due to stress, depression, exhaustion and agree to assist them. As they become older and experienced the rules can be gradually relaxed.