As the parent of a teen driver, you’re well aware of how nerve-racking it is every time they get behind the wheel. It’s natural to have concerns, as you know that the roads are a dangerous place.
Teen drivers are at risk of making a variety of mistakes, all of which can result in an accident and/or trouble with the law. Fortunately, you can help protect them by sharing your knowledge and providing all the tools they need to remain safe.
Here are some of the most common mistakes:
- Distracted driving: Teens don’t always realize the dangers of distracted driving, so they text, talk on the phone and converse with passengers when they should be paying attention to the road.
- Driving under the influence: This is the age of experimentation, so it’s essential that you talk with your teen about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not only does it increase the risk of an accident, but it can also have serious repercussions regarding their personal life.
- Reckless driving: This takes on many forms, ranging from excessive speeding to illegal passing.
In addition to concerns about the mistakes your teen could make, you also have to worry about the other people on the road. Another driver could act in a negligent manner, such as by running a stop sign, thus putting your child at risk of serious injury.
Should this happen, be sure that your child receives immediate medical attention. You can then contact your insurance agent to start the claims process, all while learning more about how to protect their legal rights.