Knowing when exactly is the right time for your teen son or daughter to get behind the wheel can be a challenge.
Yes, you may well have a lot of faith in them. But are they going to be responsible enough to do all necessary to be safe drivers?
In trying to decide if now is the time for your teen to get his or her driver’s license, make sure you think things through.
Responsibility and the Vehicle Are Both Key
In determining if your teen should be driving, look at their level of responsibility.
As you might already know, some teens act older than they are. On the flip side, some don’t appear to be mature enough for their actual age.
With this in mind, it is important for you to be as sure as you can that they will in fact be responsible drivers.
Some of the habits they need to avoid:
- Distracted driving – One of the most common means to be a distracted driver is of course the cell phone. Not only adults, but too many teen drivers spend way too much time talking when behind the wheel. As a result, it increases the chances of one being in an accident. Even with a hand-less phone, one’s concentration can is in question when talking and driving. Remind your teen that it is never a good idea to use a cell phone when driving.
- Drinking and driving – Drinking and driving can happen 365 days a year. That said it seems to become especially prevalent during prom and graduations. With that being the case, remind your teen that drinking and driving are never a good combination. It only takes one serious accidents to change many lives forever.
- Drowsy driving – It is pretty well known that many teens love their sleep. That said you never want your teenager driving when feeling drowsy. Unless they have a part-time job to get to in the evening hours, they should not be out late on the roads. Make sure your teen is as alert as possible whenever they take a vehicle out on the roads.
What Will They Be Driving?
The kind of vehicle your teenager drives will of course play a major role in their ability to be safe.
With that in mind, will you be buying a car or truck for them? If so, do your best to find the safest one out there.
If looking at used vehicles, consider doing a free license plate number lookup.
Such a search allows you to improve the chances of finding a vehicle that is as safe as possible.
That license plate search allows you to learn if the vehicle has been part of any serious accidents. You can also make sure the odometer reading is in fact accurate.
Knowing as much as possible about the make, model and condition of the vehicle is key.
Once your teen has a vehicle to use, be sure they take care of it. Not only is this important to keep the vehicle running, but it teaches responsibility.
So, if your teen is ready to be behind the wheel, will they drive off with safety being their number one priority?