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Ground rules to help your teen avoid distracted driving

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Personal Injury

Handing over the car keys to your teenager for the first time is a momentous occasion. It signifies a newfound sense of independence for them but also a potential surge of worry for you.

Teen drivers are especially vulnerable on the road, and distracted driving is a major risk factor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teen drivers are significantly more likely than adult drivers to be involved in a fatal crash while distracted. By establishing clear ground rules and fostering open communication, you can equip your teen with the skills and mindset to be a safe and responsible driver.

Safeguarding your teen from distracted driving

Enforce a strict no-phone policy while driving. This includes texting, talking (even hands-free) or checking social media. Ask your teen to place their phone in the glove compartment during car rides.

Especially during the early stages of driving, limit the number of passengers your teen can have in the car. Having a car full of friends can be a significant distraction, making it harder for your teen to focus on the road.

Eating and drinking while driving can be messy and take your teen’s eyes off the road. Try to encourage them to eat before or after their trip, and limit drinks to water with a closed container.

Talk to your teen about the importance of staying focused on the road. You can encourage them to scan their mirrors and blind spots frequently, anticipate potential hazards and maintain a safe following distance.

Ultimately, the goal is to instill a culture of safe driving in your teen. By working together, you can equip them with the skills and mindset to navigate the roads confidently and responsibly. In turn, you’ll gain peace of mind knowing they’re safe behind the wheel.