Drive By the Rules: Keep the Privilege

We have already explained how important it is to set the standard that driving is a privilege to your children so, today we are  outlining how to keep it that way.  Make sure you set the expectation that they must drive by the rules to keep the privilege and also outline the consequences if the rules are not followed. How should you do this? Talk to your teen.   

Now we know that talking to your teenager may not be the easiest thing to do, but it is one of the most important, no matter what the topic. “Open communication with your child is vital as they are reaching the driving age,” said family communications expert Dr. Charles Sophy. “First, set a positive example or they won’t take you seriously. Then, take time to talk with them about expectations like curfews, driving destinations and speed limits, and do so on a regular basis.” 

 No matter how many times you hear them, the statistics on teen driving are shocking:

Over 3,000 15 to 19 year-olds die in vehicle crashes each year

Crash rates are highest among teens in their first few hundred miles on the road, with 60% of those crashes the result of inexperience

Two of every three teenagers who die in crashes are passengers in a vehicle driven by another teen

 The number one cause of distractions for newly licensed drivers are other teens in the car

So with that in mind take the time to talk to your teen and set the expectation that they must drive by the rules to keep the privilege.  

What are some of the rules of the road that you have set for your teen?  Let us know in the comments section below. 

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