Your teen has finally made it to the next big step in life: Getting a driver’s license. And although this is one of the most exciting steps in life, we know it can be a bit nerve-wracking for you as a parent.
Our team at Internet Auto Reno has rounded up the best steps to keeping your teen safe while driving this summer, so that you can be a little less stressed while they’re cruising around Reno, Carson City, and Hidden Valley.
A Few Driving Safety Habits to Know & Love
Your teen is a novice driver, and isn’t going to know the ins and outs of road safety right away. That’s why instilling good driving habits from day one is important.
Don’t forget your seat belt: Most cars these days will make some kind of ding! sound over and over until the driver and/or passenger puts their seat belts on. However, depending on how old the model is, some may not. It’s important to teach your teen to put their seat belt on before even starting the car. They’ll get so used to it, they won’t want to drive without it.
Put the phone down: The phrase, “Don’t text and drive” is just about everywhere today. But we all know that picking up our phones is a habit—even in the car. It’s important to break this habit with teens, who might otherwise be able to multitask while texting. By emphasizing just how important it is to keep phones away while driving, you’ll also be teaching them the importance of keeping their focus on the road.
Keep the radio low: Another habit that teens might have to break is listening to their music as loudly as possible. That’s all fine when you’re home (for them), but while driving, it can be a major distraction. Teaching them early on to keep the volume low enough to hear what’s going on around them—cars or trucks beeping, construction vehicles, sirens, etc.—will create better driving habits, and again keep them focused on the road.
A Few Other Safety Tricks to Be Safe on the Road
You’ll also want to teach your teen a few resources to always have handy in case of a breakdown or accident
Purchase an emergency road kit: As a driver, you don’t know when something might happen to your vehicle while on the road. You could get a flat tire, run out of gas, etc. We’ve all been in those unforeseen situations, so it’s important to prepare your teen for them, as well. Purchase an emergency road kit that they can keep in the trunk of their car, and explain to them what it is and how to use each part. You’ll both feel safer while they’re behind the wheel.
Teach them about car maintenance: This is another big one that parents might forget to teach their teens. Car maintenance is crucial in ensuring that your vehicle is running in top-notch shape, and it’s no different for your teen’s car. Teach them about keeping up with simple routines, like oil changes, tire rotations, etc. They’ll understand quickly why it’s so important to avoid problems in the long run.
Now that you have a few ideas on how to keep your teen safe while on the road this summer, you can stress a little less and know that they’re being smart while they’re behind the wheel. If you have any questions regarding vehicle safety, feel free to contact us at Internet Auto Reno at any time!
This entry was posted in Internet Auto Rent & Sales and tagged on 08/16/2017 at 12:15 PM