Safe Driving Tips for Teens

Safe Driving Tips for Teens

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While teens see getting their driver's license as a right of passage, it can put parents a little on edge and for a good reason. The first years that a teenager spends behind the wheel can be a little risky as several teens do not know the rules of the road and tend to drive a little recklessly, which can lead to accidents. Even if your teenage driver does everything perfectly, teenage drivers do not always have the best judgment that can only come with experience. Teens also engage in texting and talking to friends in the car and, more often than not, don't wear seatbelts. We here at Reedman-Toll Subaru want to help, which is why we have compiled some wonderful tips to help you and your teen through these formidable driving years.

Select a Safe Vehicle

Together you and your teenager should choose a car that is easy to drive and offers plenty of safety features and protection to prevent an accident or to soften the blow if there is one. Try to avoid small vehicles or those with high-performance images as that might encourage speeding and reckless driving. Luckily, that where we here at Reedman-Toll Subaru come in! We have a wide range of wonderful vehicles for you to see and test drive. You can also ask one of our talented professionals to help you and your teen select the best vehicle.

Get Your Teen in a Driver's Education Course

The more experience that your teen had behind the wheel, the better off they will be. More time driving will mean that your teen will have more confidence and handle certain challenges better when they face them on the road. Also, a teen who has learned to drive from an accredited driving school is often viewed more favorably by insurance companies and might even earn a favorable discount. Additionally, you should check if your ensure has a safe driver program as teens who participate in these programs sign parent-teen contracts that outline your teen driver's responsibilities. For example, not having teen passengers in the car after a certain hour. There are often consequences for teens who fail to meet those guidelines. If your teenager completes one of these courses, they will be recognized as a safe driver and be eligible for a discount.

Enroll Your Teen in a Graduated Drivers Licence Program

Some states have successful teen accident rates thanks to graduated driver's license programs and other laws that allow teen drivers to hone their skills and gain more experience behind the wheel. These programs restrict activities by new drivers such as night driving, having multiple passengers in the car, or driving on the road unsupervised until they have their license for a set period of time. There are certain states without a Graduated Drivers Licence Program, but parents can install the same policies in their own home. Make sure you're taking an active role in your teenager's driving practices and expose them to a wide variety of driving conditions so they can build experience and confidence, and you can gradually introduce privileges. Only allow independent driving only after you've continued the practice.

Make Sure They Understand What Impaired Driving Means

Be sure to talk to your teen about the consequences of distracted driving as well as listening to the radio and chatting with other friends inside the car. Teen should also be responsible passengers while traveling in their friend's cars, so they get into good habits. On average, teens should normally wait until they have driven at least 10,000 miles before picking up their first passenger. You should also advise your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving and tell them to call you they have ever had too much to drink.

Be a Role Model

Remember, your teen learns by example, so your teenager might imitate you if you drive recklessly. Make sure that you're always wearing your seatbelt and never drink and drive. Finally, keep in mind that all teenagers mature differently, and not all of them are mature enough to handle a driver's license at the same age. All parents should consider whether their teens are easily distracted, nervous, or serious risk-takers before letting them get a license or even a learner's permit.

Get a Teen Safe Vehicle at Reedman-Toll Subaru

Before your teen continues with their driving life, they will need the right vehicle to cruise around in. This is where we here at Reedman-Toll Subaru come in! We have a full lot of new and pre-owned Subaru vehicles that are perfect for your teen. Most Subaru vehicles come with a whole host of safety features, so your pride and joy will always be safe behind the wheel. You can test drive any of the vehicles on our lot, and we can even accompany you on the test drive, so you get the full feel of everything a Subaru has to offer. If you find something you like, be sure to check out our finance department where we will get you a great deal. Can't make it down to the dealership right now? Check out our full Subaru inventory here on our website!

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