Allowing your teenager to have the freedom to drive him or herself to designated destinations around your Tennessee community can be a bit overwhelming at times. While you acknowledge that you cannot control every single decision they make, you are concerned about allowing such young drivers to have a complete reign of a vehicle. Understanding the risk factors that they face, and significantly more than other drivers because of their age, may allow you to make wiser decisions as a parent in the way you discipline and educate your young teenage drivers.
For one, many teenagers are excited to test their boundaries and proud to show off their skills to their friends. Your children are probably no exception. It is critical that you educate your children about the dangers of distracted driving and remind them of what an important responsibility they have to keep themselves, their passengers and other motorists safe by driving responsibly.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, all drivers are at risk of getting into an accident for one reason or another, but your teenage drivers face significantly more risks that are uniquely based on their age and maturity level. Some of the risks they face include:
- The temptation to drink and drive, text and drive and participate in other dangerous behaviors while operating your vehicle.
- Lacking the necessary experience to understand how to react in certain situations when a hazard may occur on the road.
- Having their friends in the car and getting caught up in conversation and loud laughter.
Your experience and example as a parent can be an exceptional tool in encouraging your teenage drivers to assume the highest sense of responsibility and care when operating your vehicle. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.