In many states, young people in their mid-teens are legally able to apply for their learner’s permit to eventually become a licensed driver. When it’s all said and done, only a parent can determine if their child is mature enough for such a responsibility. Driving isn’t something you do just because you can. It’s a serious matter for a teenager (as well as adults). Take these points in consideration if your teenage son or daughter wants to drive.
Driving Do’s and Don’ts:
Driving is a defensive as well as offensive activity – In addition to being a good driver, they should always look for the other person to make a mistake. And because of this they need to be engaged and alert at all times that they are behind the wheel.
Use both hands – For better control of the car and maneuvering purposes, use both hands. Something unexpected may come up where you might possibly have to stop or brake all of a sudden.
Wear seat belt – These are put in cars for a reason. It could prevent major injury or death in case of an accident.
No texting – It’s hard to be a good driver if you’re taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel, while texting. No doubt emergencies may come up but you can make yourself an unnecessary victim if you text while driving. Move over to the side when you can. There’s nothing that important to risk your life or the lives of others.
No talking on your mobile phone – If you’re engrossed in a conversation or catching up with the latest gossip you are apt to cause an unnecessary accident. Is that conversation more important than your life? Be wise.
No speeding – Drive within the speed limit. It’s the law. And if you break the law, you can expect to pay a price for it. Be especially cautious around schools.
Loud music – You can enjoy music but it doesn’t have to be blasting. It might be hard to hear if an ambulance or other emergency vehicle is trying to get through. Keep it at a reasonable volume.
Don’t drive drunk – Driving while intoxicated is against the law. Additionally, teenagers are not legally permitted to drink. Don’t make someone a victim of your senseless and selfish behavior.
While many teenagers look forward to driving, remind them of the responsibility that is involved with it. It is something that should be treated seriously before they are given the car keys.