Are you looking for talking points to start a conversation with your teenage driver? Last week was National Teen Driver Safety Week, and there are some great ideas out there. It doesn’t take a special week to give you an excuse to speak with your child about driving responsibly, and if you haven’t had the talk yet, now is a great time.
You may be under the impression, like so many others, that scaring your teen straight is the best method. Experts are now agreeing that having frank discussions is often more effective. Instead of inundating your teen with graphic images of what could happen if they don’t drive carefully, sit down and talk with them openly and honestly. Here are four great topics to focus on.
1. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents across the nation for both teens and adults. Distractions come in many forms, but the number one distraction is the cell phone. If your teen uses a cell phone while driving, they are putting themselves at a three times greater risk of being involved in a car accident. Teach your child that cell phone use behind the wheel is not permitted, and make sure they know why.
2. Seat Belts
Studies have shown that people who wear seat belts, no matter their position in a vehicle, are less likely to die as a result of injuries sustained after an accident. Your child should always buckle up when they slide behind the wheel, and they should insist that any passengers do the same. Remind your child that this is not only safe, but it is the law. Many states now have primary seat belt laws on the books, meaning your child could be ticketed if they are observed driving without being restrained.
3. Impaired Driving
It’s not unusual for teenagers to experiment with alcohol or drugs. Your teen may be one of those who chooses to experiment, but let them know that it is never acceptable to drive while impaired by any substance. If your child consumes alcohol or is driving with someone who does, let them know that it is perfectly acceptable, and expected, that they call home for a sober ride.
Speeding is a very real problem. It doesn’t necessarily cause accidents itself, but leads to other things that do. For instance, it is more difficult to avoid a collision at high speeds and it takes longer to brake when traveling too fast for road conditions. Teach your child to obey the speed limit and tell them what can happen if they don’t.
If your teenager is involved in a car accident in Charlotte, reach out to our team of experienced car accident attorneys. We will speak with you and your child at no cost and advise you of your legal options. Call today to schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation and let us tell you more about your legal rights.