If you have a new teenage driver in your household, we at Welch Insurance feel it is important to help you guide your teenager through the principles of being a responsible driver. Common sense is not so common with teenagers, it is a learned behavior. Your teenager lacks experience and you need to help them navigate through this time frame safely and effectively.
What is a parent to do?
- Be a good role model… Set a good example for your new driver.
- Require the use of seatbelts for everyone in the vehicle.
- Mandate no Drinking & Driving.
- Emphasize the importance of not using a cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents.
- Limit nighttime driving, set a curfew and be sure to enforce it.
- Stress the importance of keeping a safe distance between other vehicles. Keep a 4 second distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. (When a vehicle in front of you passes a stationary object begin counting. At a minimum, you should reach the object no sooner than 4 seconds.)
- Remind your teenager to always use their turn signal and to mind the speed limit
Your teenager is a new driver; he or she just doesn’t have the behind-the-wheel experience necessary to understand the dynamics associated with driving. Be a good role model, give your teenager plenty of practice, and discuss safe driving with your teenager – it could be one of the most important conversations you have.
Call Welch Associates Insurance at 570-836-3165 today we will be happy to answer any questions you have