make a difference in your Teen’s driving
Teens who are taught safe driving habits from their parents are much less likely to get in a crash. In fact, since 1999 when the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program was instituted in Utah, parents have seen a 62% decrease in the number of teens ages 15-17 killed in motor vehicle crashes (Utah Department of Health). Parents play a big role in forming a teen’s driving habits, and with this guide, you can make sure your teen makes a habit of driving safe
- Be an example of a safe driver.
- Have your teen driver get their learner permit asap and practice, practice, practice with them.
- Use poor weather as an opportunity to teach and supervise.
- Build scanning skills by asking questions such as, “What color is the vehicle three cars ahead of you?”
- While you drive, point out examples of unsafe driving.
- Explain why you are changing lanes or slowing down.
- Announce when you are checking the mirrors.
According to the children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, teens whose parents are involved in their driving and training are:
as likely to wear seat belts
less likely to drink and drive
as likely to speed
less likely to talk on a cell phone while driving