How Do I Talk to My Teen About Responsible Driving?

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May 30, 2017 | Auto Accidents |

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The summer is a transition season for young people, especially those who are of driving age. Teens drive to prom and graduation, move away from home, and go on long road trips. During this time, it is important they stay safe.

This month is Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month, which exists to prevent car accidents in teen drivers through education.

Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month

The Allstate Foundation and the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) sponsor Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month each May with the help of the government, corporate leaders, communities, parents, and young people.

The fact that teenage lives get busier near the end of the school year increases the need to raise awareness of teen driving safety: May, June, July, and August can be some of the most dangerous months for young drivers. The most tragic part of a car accident is that most of them are preventable with a bit of attention and education. While you can talk to your child at home about the dangers of the road and encourage them to be a safe driver, it’s possible that you’ll need a bit of extra help. That’s where the extra safety initiatives this month can help.

Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month focuses on educating young people about traffic safety and empowering young people with knowledge and positive influences. It does this through student engagement with each other and within their communities. Using a peer-to-peer approach, which can reach young people in ways that teachers or parents might not be able to, the ultimate goal is to get teenagers engaged and involved in their own efforts to keep themselves and their friends safe.

Playing an active role in making safe and smart decisions gives teens the independence they crave, and holding each other accountable helps ensure they’re paying attention, rather than tuning out a lecture.

How Can I Talk to My Child about Driving Safely?

Every teenager is different, but it’s important for them to understand that the consequences for driving dangerously can be life-changing physically, mentally, and emotionally. They risk seriously injuring or killing themselves or someone else; they could lose everything from their driver’s license to their ability to get a job or go to college; they could cost a lot of money in ticket costs, insurance rates, repairs, and legal expenses; and they even risk going to jail.

Explain these safety tips to your teens:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Avoid all distractions, including texting or talking on the phone, eating, or listening to loud music.
  • Be a defensive driver rather than an aggressive one
  • Speak up if your friends are being dangerous drivers
  • Speed limits are there to keep you safe. Your car might be able to go faster, but your body might not be able to survive an impact at that speed
  • Don’t drink and drive under any circumstances—it’s both illegal and extremely dangerous

Contact an Automobile Accident Attorney Today

The road isn’t always a safe place for your child to be, but you can’t keep them off of it forever. As a parent, you can help teach them how to be as safe and defensive of a driver as possible. As car accident attorneys, we can help you build a case if an accident does happen.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car crash, you are urged to contact an Indianapolis car accident lawyer from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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