Guidelines Your Children Should Follow To Remain Safe on the Road

As a parent, one of your responsibilities is to guide your child in the right direction. So, whether it's left or right on the roadway, the following tips should be shared with your son or daughter in order to ensure their well-being while driving.

1) Address Phone Use

Distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents. The number one form of distracted driving is phone use. Instruct your child to place their phone in the glove box so that it's out of sight and out of reach.

2) Speed Limits Matter

It is common to joke about the reckless behavior of teenagers but excessive speeding is no joking matter. Those who are new to driving will typically not have the ability to "feel" their speed for several months. Practice makes perfect...or nearly perfect and your child will soon be able to naturally track their speed. Until then, advise your child to adhere strictly to their speedometer.

3) Drinking And Driving

Addressing the dangers of drunk driving with your child before he or she gets behind the wheel may be the difference between life and death. Openly expressing your care and concern for your child will clearly show them that you simply want what is best. Peer pressure and the appeal of alcohol are real, so take the necessary steps to protect your child from the dangers that accompany alcohol consumption.

4) Navigating Windy Roads

You can find windy roads throughout the United States. Sometimes they offer a scenic view, while other times they only offer a driving experience you would rather avoid. You can also hear many stories of drivers taking a turn too fast, losing know the rest.
Familiarize your child with the appropriate way to break when entering a turn. By pumping the brakes before entering a turn and generally remaining aware of your speed, you can avoid the scare of slamming on the brakes when it's nearly too late.

5) Seatbelts Are A Must

Wearing a seatbelt while driving or riding in a car is a law for a reason. No matter how short the drive, always require that your child wears a seatbelt. Doing so will make it a habit and likely lead to your child wearing their seatbelt when they begin driving.

6) Yellow Lights Are For Stopping

Deciding whether or not you can make it through an intersection safely whenever the yellow light appears is a skill that drivers develop over time. Young, new drivers should be instructed to err on the side of caution and hit the brake as opposed to hitting the gas when they are confronted by a yellow light. This will lead to avoiding the possibility of running a red light entirely.

The best way to teach your children these safe practices is to ensure you are always following them yourself. Children often model their parents' behavior and this is especially true of driving habits. Set a good example routinely and they will subconsciously follow it. 

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