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My oldest son will soon be turning 16. It’s merely a matter of months. On one hand, that’s just absolutely crazy for me to comprehend. It seems like only yesterday he was a chubby cheeked little boy, loving anything Cars and Star Wars, with a head of bouncy curls. Where did my baby go? It’s the mom curse. They grow up right up before our eyes.
And that leads to my other main emotion I’m feeling on the subject of my kid turning 16. Fear. The fact that he can soon legally drive is a downright scary prospect.
I remember when I first obtained my license as a fresh-faced 16 year old. It was actually a scary time for me, too. I wasn’t like most kids. It wasn’t exciting to me. I was just terrified. As such, even though I had my license, I refused to slide in behind the wheel to drive for another 10 years or so, perfectly content to stay comfortably in the passenger seat.
Of course, I drive everywhere now. It feels like I never stop driving.
My son is a lot like me in many ways. Many, many ways. And really, I don’t think he cares too much about driving right now, either. When he does, though, I want to make sure he’s prepared. Because hopefully, the worst will never happen. Hopefully, he’ll never be in an accident and we won’t need to look up who would be the best to help, like a Tampa personal injury attorney.
Here are some tips I’m doing my best to instill by example and hope my teen chooses to use to be a safer driving.
10 Tips for Safer Teen Driving
- Buckle up – Not only is it the law, but it’s your life.
- Don’t text and drive – Whatever is on your phone can wait.
- Slow down – Take it easy, we’ll all get there eventually.
- Don’t drive impaired – Know when you’re too tired, sick, etc. to be on the road. If you’re feeling unwell, visit Summit Shah before heading back out on the road.
- Be prepared – Keep an eye on your mirrors and know your surroundings.
- Limit night driving – Bright headlights, harder to see.
- Watch the weather – Don’t drown, turn around.
- Limit passengers – Friends are great, but they’re also a distraction.
- Know your car – Pay attention to anything that might need fixed before it’s too late.
- Sign a safe-driving contract – There are a number of free parent-teen safe-driving contracts available to print. This is a great way for all parties to know what’s expected and what can happen if rules set forth are broken.
- Make Sure The Car Isn’t A Junker – If the car you’re teen is driving is getting close to breaking down there is a much higher probability of crashing. If this is the case you’re better off selling to a company like www.junkthatcar.com and getting something newer.
Many of these tips for safer teen driving seem like common sense now, especially as a driver gets more experienced. But when the open road is new and wide open, anything is possible. That’s what makes it both the greatest, most freeing experience as well as the most terrifying.
Kind of like having a 16 year old kid. It’s like driving down an open yet bumpy, turning, winding road when before you know it you have a banged up front end and need a personal injury attorney.