5 Reasons Teenagers are Considered High-Risk Drivers

Candace Reid

This article, entitled 5 Reasons Teenagers are Considered High-Risk Drivers comes from partner site serendipitymommy.com.

Teenagers anxiously count down the number of days until they are old enough to earn a drivers license. Parents nervously count down the number of days until they will not be able to sleep at night, no longer have complete control over the family car, and begin paying higher insurance rates. Although teenage drivers can make people nervous, parents can help them by understanding the risks. There are several reasons why teenagers are considered high risk drivers.

First – inexperience.

Teenagers do not have experience driving in different types of weather or traffic conditions. Before your teenager is allowed to drive at night, in rain or snow, or high traffic areas, make sure you practice driving with her. You can give her hints on how to control the vehicle and help her build confidence when driving in traffic. Make sure your teenager understand the power of a vehicle.

Second – distractions.

Often teenagers allow several students to ride with them on the way home from school or practice. Additional people in the vehicle can cause distractions. Limit the number of passengers your teen is allowed to carry in his car. You should also restrict the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. You can check the cell phone record of your child to make sure he is not allowing distractions while driving. Also, consider having your teenager take the pledge to not text and drive.

Third – speeding.

Teenagers tend to be in a hurry where ever they are going. They may enjoy the thrill of beating a red light light or racing one of their friends in the next car. As a parent, you need to make sure your teenager understands the dangers of speeding and the consequences if you find out they have been speeding.

Fourth – recklessness.

Some teenagers are known for irresponsible behaviors and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Teens are going to go to parties and have a good time. Too often teenagers do not realize the danger of drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs. Offer your teenager a ride home if he finds himself in a situation where he knows he should not be driving.

Fifth – seat belts.

Many teenagers do not like to follow rules and wearing a seat belt is one way to defy authority. Too often when teens are in accidents, serious injuries could have been prevented if she had been wearing a seat belt. Encourage your teen to always wear her seat belt and to ask passengers to do the same. You are the best role model when it comes to following the law and wearing a seat belt when driving.

Although teens may be considered high risk drivers, there are ways you can help them to drive more responsibly and save money on your car insurance. Often your insurance company can offer a discount if your teenager is a good student. You may also be able to earn a discount once your teen proves he or she is a good driver by not getting into accidents or traffic tickets. Driving is a right of passage and teenagers can prove their maturity and reliability and gain respect from their parents through responsible driving.

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