Sooner or later that teenager you live with will be driving. What can you do to help them become safe drivers? Fortunately, studies show that parents have a greater influence on teens than you may expect.
Make it easy
For starters, before they turn 18, they should take a driver education course. That gives them a foundation for forming good driving habits. It also reduces friction between parent and teen, provides an organized approach to learning, and gives students a full education about driving.
A good course shows teens how to recognize and respond to hazardous situations; their inexperience in controlling risk is the main cause of teen car crashes, according to the Insurance Information Institute.2
Secondly, be willing to talk with your teen, and to walk your talk. Here are five tips to help you talk to your teen about safe driving:
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