Safe Driving Tips

Safe Driving Tips: Parents/Teens

Safe driving is something to be taken seriously and not as a joke. The rules, regulations and guidelines of safe driving apply to teenagers as well as adults. It is very important that adults set the standard in safe driving all the time. 75% of all drivers develop bad driving habits from their parents. Parents need to set the standard at all times. If your teen sees you answering your phone, riding with your seatbelt off, etc.; there is a good chance he or she may do the same when they get behind the wheel. Small minor distractions such as a phone, loud music, or too many people in the car can result in death or fatality.

Defensive Driving Tips : Parents/Teens

  • Always wear your safety belt when driving and insist that your passengers wear a safety belt, too. Wearing a safety belt is required by law in every state, except New Hampshire. In some states, passengers also are required by law to wear a safety belt.
  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol slows your reaction time, blurs and distorts vision, and impairs your judgment about distance. Never use illegal drugs. Read the labels on all prescription medications for warnings; consult your physician about how your medications or over-the-counter drugs could affect your driving.
  • Never exceed the posted speed limit. Weather conditions permitting; always maintain the legal speed limit.


  • Always practice safe driving and obey the driving laws of your state or locality.
  • Buckle up for safety and make sure all passengers use their safety belts as well.
  • Don’t drink and drive, use drugs and drive, or drive under the influence.
  • Be a cautious driver on the road at all times. Before you get behind the wheel take a mental note and plan out exactly where you are going.
  • Encourage safe driving at your school, in your community, and most importantly IN YOUR OWN VEHICLE at ALL TIMES.
  • Let your parents know where you’re going and when you’ll be back at all times.


  • Set good driving standards for your teens by obeying the driving laws of your state or locality.
  • Spend at least 100 hours of in-car training for teens learning to drive before you put them on the road. Even when the teen attains their drivers’ license don’t put them on the road until you feel they are responsible enough and ready to be on the road alone.
  • Provide a safe car for teens to drive in. Make sure their car gets inspected on the proper dates.
  • Give your teen constructive critiques of their driving and keep your temper in check
  • Set realistic goals, expectations, and consequences for your new teen driver.
  • Remember teen driving is a privilege not a right. You have every right to take away the drivers’ license if you feel the teen is being irresponsible and not exemplifying good driving skills.

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