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How to talk to teens about driving safely

Parents often feel both excited and anxious when their teens first start driving, and for good reason. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, teenagers are nearly three times as likely to end up in a car accident as adults. Every year on Colorado roadways, teens end up getting hurt or worse while driving. 

Before a teenager can drive on his or her own, the parents need to sit down with their child and talk about the importance of driving safely. It is vital for parents to state what they expect. Any parents having trouble figuring out how to sit down with their youngsters should follow these guidelines. 

Lay down some rules

You need to establish your expectations right from the start. Make it clear where in town your teen can drive to and how late he or she can stay out. You should also go over information about always wearing a seat belt and not texting while driving. You should also make it clear what the punishments will be if the teen breaks any of the rules. If you want, then you can write up an informal contract laying everything out, so there are no misunderstandings. 

Stress the need for a teen to put the phone away

Many teenagers do not see the harm in quickly responding to a text while driving. However, taking your eyes off the road for even a couple seconds can lead to disaster. These days, there are many apps parents can download onto their teens' phones. The app will disable the phone when it is going over a certain speed limit. 

Lead by example

If you want your teenager to be a safe driver, then you should be a safe driver yourself. You need to lead by example and always wear your seat belt. You should also never use your phone. Teenagers need to see their parents practice what they preach. 

 

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