YOUR TEEN DRIVER SAFE
by Katrina Hayday Wester
In a recent survey conducted by the Chrysler Group, a division of
DaimlerChrysler AG, the automaker stated that six out of ten parents
(59%) say the number one health and safety risk facing their teenager
is driving safety, and seven out of ten parents (68%) believed that
car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Do you agree
with these numbers?
What can parents do to prevent their child from being a statistic?
Here are some suggestions.
Limit the number of unsupervised driving hours.
Prohibit night-time driving unless it’s a necessity.
the number of passengers.
on the use of seat belts.
them in driver’s education courses.
a good example with your own driving – i.e. don’t use
your cell phone while you’re driving, don’t apply makeup,
drink coffee, etc.
If the minimum age in your state is low, consider raising it for
questions and understand what your child is doing while in the car.
Prohibit additional items such as kickers or additional stereo speakers.
their usage carefully.
the dangers of speeding, drag racing, etc.
and enforce a no-questions asked rule if your child calls to be
picked up rather than drive themselves home.
If one of
these steps helps save your child’s life, wasn’t it worth