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How can I help my teen be a safe driver?

Teens have a higher likelihood of getting into a serious motor vehicle accident than other drivers. Whether this is due to being a new driver or because they are more likely to take risks behind the wheel, it is an issue that you have to take seriously as a parent of a teen. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains that you are the biggest influence on your teen when it comes to driving habits. You should always practice good driving habits while in the car with your teen to show him or her how to drive safely. 

Adhere to the law

You also should follow the law when it comes to getting a license. Make sure that your teen meets all the requirements and do not allow your teen to drive during restricted hours or break other parts of the law. 

Set rules

While the state may set laws your teen has to follow, you should also set rules. Make it clear that if he or she breaks the rules, there are consequences, such as not being able to drive or to drive certain places. 

Continuously practice

Learning to drive is not over just because your teen gets his or her driver’s license. Teens still need monitoring and have more to learn even if they have a license in hand. You should continue to offer lessons and teach your child about different traffic situations until you feel he or she is ready to be alone behind the wheel. The decision to let your teen drive alone is ultimately up to you.