Teen drivers make a ton of mistakes on the road, and it’s not always their fault. As a parent, you want to make sure that your new driver is not only getting from Point A to Point B as safely as possible, but you also want to make sure you’re raising a driver who does his or her part to make sure the road is a safe, and pleasurable place to be for everybody else, as well. There’s more at work than just your individual safety when you’re driving a car, and it’s important for every teen to understand the responsibility that comes with operating a car on a regular basis. We’ll talk about some of the most common mistakes that teens make behind the wheel. There are a few of them, and many come from the fact that some teens just aren’t as careful as they ought to be. Hopefully, you can talk about these mistakes with your teens, and make sure that they can avoid making them, to create a safer road for everyone.
Distraction is a really huge factor in teen automotive fatalities. Whether something commands the driver’s attention from within the car or without, all it takes is an average of three seconds for conditions on the road to change in such a way that an accident can occur. Most teens don’t understand how quickly a lane can go from moving to being stopped, or any other situation that might arise and require an immediate reaction. Whether it’s the cell phone or the radio dial, teens are far too easily distracted and take their eyes off the road for far too many reasons. It’s important to impress upon your teen the importance of staying in the moment while driving. Text message and changing the radio station can be dealt with at the next red light.
Driving with company in the car often leads to mistakes, and small distractions are all it can take to miss some of the finer points of driving etiquette. The thing about driving etiquette, however, is that it serves a purpose much higher than simple politeness. But not doing things like using their signals or blinkers, or stopping for the proper amount of time at stop signs, your teen might simply think he or she is ignoring rules that don’t really need to be followed in the first place. In reality, these rules exist so that other drivers can be aware of their safety and know what you’re doing. It’s important that your teen understands to communicate his or her intentions to other drivers on the road at all times.
Mistakes behind the wheel can really cost a lot of money — both in terms of property damage and insurance. Your teen should understand that mistakes like these can result in insurance prices going up to illustrate this point. Safe driving is good for you and good for just about everyone else, and by addressing some of these more common mistakes, you can make sure your teen keeps everybody nice and safe while driving.