Teen Driving – My Excitement and Worry

As a Personal Lines Insurance Advisor and a parent of two new teen drivers, I have mixed emotions watching my kids transition into this new ‘life stage’. I am excited about the possibility of ending my taxi driver days and, at the same time, concerned for their safety.

According to a September 2017 article in the The Daily Record – “car crashes kill more teenagers per year than suicides and drugs combined. In 75 percent of teen car crashes, no drugs or alcohol are involved.” Distracted driving is not limited to cell phone use – it also includes eating, talking to others in your vehicle and fiddling with your car’s gadgets. While driving 55 mph, taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

As my teens began driving, here are the 3 things I did with my teens:
1. We created a driving contract between me and my teen to establish safer driving behaviors.

2. We set expectations and consequences. Topics included; phone usage, speed, passengers, driving impaired and buckling up.

3. Most importantly, we have open communication and ongoing dialog with our kids – not always easy to do and we do it anyway!

Happy Driving!!!

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