While your teenager is looking forward to spending time behind the wheel, you may not be nearly as excited about it. In fact, you may be downright concerned for their safety and well-being.
It’s natural to have concerns about your teen driver, especially if they just got their driver’s license. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help them stay safe:
- Set a good example: When driving with your teen, show them what it means to be safe. Put your cellphone away, focus all your attention on the road and drive defensively. When they see you doing this, they’re more likely to follow suit.
- Talk about potential dangers: You want your teen to beware of the many dangers that exist, from distractions to drowsy driving to driving under the influence of alcohol.
- Let them know that other drivers aren’t always safe: Even if your teen is driving as safe as possible, it doesn’t mean that other drivers are doing the same.
- Focus on the rules of the road: When your teen is familiar with the rules of the road, they’re more likely to follow them. Don’t be afraid to quiz them every now and again.
It’s natural to have concerns every time your teen gets behind the wheel and takes to the road.
Should they suffer an injury in an accident, make sure they receive medical attention (as well as ongoing treatment, if necessary). You can then help them file an insurance claim. Doing so is typically the first step in obtaining compensation for injuries and other damages.