When setting rules for their teen driver, parents often have difficulty reaching a balance between practicality and safety. There is more to driving than simply following the law, and until a teen develops this awareness it is important to provide controlled access to the family vehicle. Every household is different, but these guidelines can provide a helpful starting point for teaching your teen to drive.
Plenty of states—including Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan—have cell phone laws in place for novice drivers, and for good reason. Young teen drivers are the highest risk age group for auto collisions, and driving distractions are one of the leading causes of accidents. However, parental supervision is crucial for other, less obvious distractions such as tuning the radio, eating and drinking, and passengers. In fact, an AAA study shows that fatality risk of 16- or 17-year-old drivers doubles with two passengers under 21, and quadruples with three or more. Restrictions regarding distractions should be clearly explained and penalties should be enforced.
Nighttime driving is one of the biggest factors associated with serious auto accidents, and the highest concentration of fatal auto collisions falls on the weekend between midnight and 3 a.m. Many states have a provisional curfew prohibiting teens from being out past midnight, but parents may wish to ease their teen into nighttime driving and minimize their exposure to heavy traffic or dangerous driving conditions.
Schoolwork, Maintenance, and Other Responsibilities
Many parents choose to make driving privileges contingent on certain responsibilities such as school performance or chores. Also consider developing a reward system to recognize good driving performance. A vehicle is also a great way to demonstrate bond with your teen and demonstrate the value of maintaining major investments.
As a leading driver’s school in the Chicagoland area, Top Driver has the resources to provide drivers of all ages with a quality driving education through both in-vehicle training and multimedia teaching. Contact us today at (888) 471-5418 to request more information.