19 Feb 6 Things to Discuss with Your Teen Driver Before He Gets Behind the Wheel (Part 1)
If you have a teenager who is about to get or recently did get his driver’s permit, it’s important that you talk to your teen about a few crucial driver’s safety tips. While some of these driver’s safety tips may seem obvious – and you may get a few eye rolls from your teen driver, pointing them out with some specific statistics (as discussed below) can really drive home your main points, get your teen to take his new role as a motorist seriously and, ultimately help him reduce his chances of getting into a car accident.
Here and in two upcoming parts of this blog, we will outline the six key topics that are crucial to discuss with teen drivers before letting them get behind the wheel.
Topic 1: Never drink and drive
You can never say this enough to new teen drivers. Even though drinking alcohol – let alone driving while intoxicated – is illegal for anyone who is younger than 21 years old, thousands of new teen drivers make the poor and tragic choice to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol every year and, as a result, put their own life (as well as the lives of their passengers and other drivers) at risk.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 500 people were killed last year in motor vehicle accidents that involve a teen driver (i.e., a driver between the ages of 14 and 18) who had alcohol in his system. Because fatal drunk driving accidents are 100 percent preventable, even 1 death due to a drunk teenaged driver is one too many.
Therefore, even if a teenager is making the poor decision to drink alcohol, he should NEVER get behind the wheel once he’s imbibed.
Look for our upcoming second and third parts of this blog for the other four topics that are crucial to talk to new drivers about.
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