From the moment that someone learns how to drive, they should know how to drive safely. If you have a teenager at home who just got their driver’s license and is excited to get going, spare some time to talk to them about safe driving. The following are four reasons why talking to your children about safe driving is important.
1. They May Better Avoid the Risk of Injuries
Safe driving is important because of all the risks that are constantly on the road. That said, every parent wants to make sure that their children are safe at all times. It can be highly stressful when children start driving, as they will not be under your constant supervision. This is why teaching them to drive safely is one of the most important things that you can do for your children. If they have any conditions, make sure that they are evaluated and monitored in order to keep them in a good state as they begin driving. Keep in mind that a medical examiner may issue a certificate for a shorter period than 24 months in cases when it’s advisable to monitor a condition like high blood pressure. If you have any concerns, consult with your child’s healthcare provider before having them drive.
2. They Can Save on Insurance
Safe driving can have financial benefits. This helps you save money on insurance premiums. This is because the fewer accidents that someone gets into, the lower their insurance premiums will be in general. The number of tickets that they get also makes a difference to the amount that they will pay for insurance. This is because even without any accidents to their name, the severity of the ticket or points on their license will make a large difference in the premium they will have to pay.
3. They Can Be More Confident
When your teenagers know all that they need to about safe driving, it may be easier for them to drive more confidently. They may have fewer instances of second-guessing themselves, and this will result in competent driving. They may have an easier time making decisions while they drive, and this can make a big difference to the way they operate a vehicle. If they are pulled over, they may have a better chance of explaining themselves and getting to the root of the matter when they know what to do and are confident. Remind them to always be mindful of speed. Your child may benefit from the body cameras that police wear, something that 52% of surveyed police administrators said would make the public more likely to cooperate with them. Although this can give an extra layer of safety in an uncertain situation, your children should still be mindful of the implications of being pulled over by law enforcement. Thankfully, body cameras can potentially hold police more accountable during their encounter.
4. They Can Avoid Fines and Jail Terms
Finally, talking to your teen about safe driving may make it possible for them to avoid getting fines and jail terms. This is because they will be well aware of the implications of reckless driving. They will also know the road rules and thus have an easier time adhering to them. Whether you are sure or not that your child uses marijuana, you need to communicate the laws about driving while impaired. In fact, the smallest sentencing in Texas for charges of trafficking marijuana is 180 days in jail on top of a fine that can go up to $2,000. This should make it more likely for your children to follow the rules of the road, knowing they could face serious consequences.
For these four reasons, spare some time to talk to your teenagers about safe driving. Doing this can improve their safety and give you, as a parent, more peace of mind. Make sure your kids know how to be safe on the road!