Because parents hold the key when it comes to protecting their teen driver, Attorney Doug Horn wants to assist parents is keeping their teen drivers accident-free. Following are several things parents of teen driver should consider in order to fully protect their teen driver.
- First, parents should understand that they have the most influence over their teenâ€™s driving behaviors and habits. In fact, parents are the most important driving role model for their teen.
- Second, parents should be aware that there is more to driving than knowing the rules of the road and being able to pass a driverâ€™s test. We believe that the important aspect of safe driving is based on the â€œapproachâ€ drivers follow when behind the wheel and all drivers must understand that they have a duty to drive their vehicle with the â€œhighest degree of careâ€. While this is a high standard, we believe our driving culture has suffered because young, inexperience drivers do not fully appreciate their driving responsibility.
- Third, we are recommending parents of teenage drivers get the paperback book â€œNot So Fast-Parenting Your Teen Though the Dangers of Drivingâ€ by Tim Hollister. While this book may not take away your anxiety when it comes to your teen driverâ€™s protection, it contains excellent information related to providing the best driving protection for your child. Make it a point to pass it on to other parents.
- Finally, as parents, our best opportunity to develop a safe teen driver is by controlling driving privileges. While our Drive By Example Driving Privileges Agreement is not for everyone, it does give parents an opportunity to keep driving safety a priority in their home.
In addition to the above, please consider the top 10 things a parent can do to fully protect their teen driver listed below:
- Drive By Example
- Pay Attention
- Reinforce The 3 Safe Driving Habits, Drive Alert, Buckled, & Composed
- Always Supervise Practice Driving
- Choose a Vehicle With A High Safety Rating
- Use & Enforce The Driving Privileges Agreement (below)
- Recognize a Teen Driverâ€™s Need To Become Independent
- Insure Your Teen, Not The Vehicle
- Enroll Your Teen Driver In a Private Driver Skills Course
- Always Be Available For Help & Support