3 Tips Every Teen Driver Needs to Stay Safe on the Road

One of the scariest things you will ever do is hand your teenager the keys to the car for the first time.

You trust them and know that they’re ready, but it’s still hard to let go.

Being well-informed is extremely important.

Before you allow your teen to put the key in the ignition, make sure they’re aware of these safety tips!

1. The phone can wait
Cell phones are the single biggest distractions that all drivers face, but, for teens, the danger is magnified.

Today’s generation of new drivers is used to having a phone in their hand at all times.

The problem is that dialing a cell phone while driving multiplies the chances of an accident by three.

One good rule is to require your teen to put their cell phone in the glove compartment as soon as they get in the car.

They shouldn’t remove it until they get to their destination.

2. Pay attention
Check out these eye-opening statistics:
  • A high number of crashes involving teen drivers happen because they rear-end the car in front of them because they were looking away when the car stopped.
  • Reaching for something while driving increases the chances of a crash or near-crash by as much as nine times.
  • 80% of crashes are the result of the driver’s lack of attention within the preceding three seconds.
3. Get ready at home
Your teen needs to understand that fixing hair or applying makeup shouldn’t be done while they’re behind the wheel.

It seems like this should go without saying, but the facts tell a different story.

The risk of an accident goes up by three times when a teen is eating, fixing their hair, putting on makeup, or shaving (Yes, shaving!) while driving.

Safety first at every age
Make sure you practice what you preach!

Your teenager is far less likely to listen to what you say if you’re putting your lipstick on while you’re driving them to school!

Have conversations about each of these tips and enforce your rules to keep your kids safe!

When you’re at a point where your teenager is ready for a vehicle of their own, come and see us at Park Honda!

We’d love to help you put them in their first car!


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