The major right-of-passage that teens share in the United States is taking and passing the driving examination and road test, and being given their first Operator’s License. It signifies maturity and it provides a level of freedom that most teens previously hadn’t experienced.
Teens are elated! Parents…not so much! After all, handing off the keys to your car to your child brings on a lot of emotions. Even if you trust your child and his driving skills, in the back of your mind, you worry about the other drivers on the road. Organizations such as Safe Kids Worldwide are dedicated to sharing information that will help to keep kids of all ages safe.
Most recently they started a ‘Teens in Cars’ campaign to bring awareness to what teens actually do behind the wheel, whether they follow safety precautions, and actual statistics associated with teen driving.
Among the statistics you will find:
Drive It Home, started for parents by parents, is an initiative started to share tips on how to increase your child’s safety behind the wheel. They list several risks faced by new drivers, including:
Five Steps Parents can take to Lessen Crash Risks in their Teens
Giving your child access to your vehicle provides her with freedom, and that freedom comes with responsibility – for both of you. Find resources to assist in preparing your teen for being behind the wheel. Take every opportunity to reinforce good driving practices. And don’t think you are alone; all parents are at least a little nervous at the prospect of their teen becoming a solo driver. Finally, model the good driving behavior you expect to see in your teen. The Steinger, Iscoe & Greene family wishes your family an enjoyable coming-of-age experience and safe travels on our roadways.