With so many big changes that happen in the teenage years, your teen getting their license is one of the biggest. And as much as we can talk about the rules and responsibilities that come along with getting behind the wheel, here are 4 rules you will want to make sure your teen follows.
- Don’t drive under the influence. We realize this seems like a common sense thing, but a large percentage of teens feel they have no other option than to drive under the influence since they don’t want to get in trouble for underage drinking. Make sure they know, they will get in MUCH less trouble if they are smart enough to pick up the phone and call you. We also encourage teens to avoid driving in a car with a driver under the influence as well. Mike says, if you’re in a car with a bad driver use these three words…”I’m going to puke”. They’ll stop the car and let you out, just don’t get back in, call someone to come and get you.
- Know your surroundings. Don’t park in dark corners. Make sure to always look in the backseat before entering your car. Always have your keys in hand when you are walking to your car. NEVER pick up strangers under any circumstance.
- Know the steps to take in case of emergency. And this doesn’t just mean knowing to call 911. Where do you pull off if you have a flat tire? Do they know how to change a flat tire? What is the first thing you do if you get into an accident? Get an envelope for them to keep in the glovebox. Include registration, insurance card and a list of emergency numbers such as AAA. This way it’s all in one spot and easily accessible if something happens.
- Always make sure you are prepared. Never have less than a half tank of gas and make sure your tires have enough air in them. Know where you are going and a good idea on the directions to get there.
Practice these rules long before your teen gets their license. It will help burn them into their brain!
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