Some teenager can be pretty mature and have a keen interest in safe driving. Those teenagers may only need helpful guidance to naturally progress in the way of becoming a lower risk motorist. However, some of them may not be mature or responsible enough to have a licence or drive even though they reached the age and even got the licence. Being a parent we must worry and do whatever we can to improve their skills or prevent them from doing silly things.
When parents, states and teenagers do their bit in the training of the next generation motorists the outcome would be much better. Many states are now moving towards Graduated Driving Licence Tests. These are great in gradually qualifying a young person to a full licence. Teens can adapt to the situation a lot better than having a full licence all of a sudden.
Having a licence may offer falls credentials as to youngsters suddenly graduating to fully responsible adults. This is not true in most cases. They are still teenagers and by default they will make mistakes. The aim is to make sure that those mistakes behind the wheel are not fatal. The point that parents care about them must be highlighted. Otherwise, teens may take it as bossing around.
Even some states’ licensing legislation require parent to be involved in the driving education. They make it mandatory for parents to spend some time teaching how to drive. Nevertheless, they do not have guidelines as to what parents should do in these times. Maybe, it is best to leave it up to individual parents any way. Being a parent you would probably know your child and where he/she needs support.
Also, most state schools do not have driver education in their curriculum anymore. This places more responsibility on parents’ shoulders. Perhaps parents should open a free communication and discussion about driving. This would allow the child to ask questions and parent to make comments.
Along the same line, they could have an agreement with their teens. This should state what they can and cannot do behind the wheel. For example, they cannot use phone or text or have more than one friend at a time as a passenger. This may be regulated by the state already any way. Should the child fail to observe those rules he may lose his car for a set time and get a reward if he is a good driver. Most teens cannot earn the money to buy and insure an automobile. If the parents are providing the means they are responsible for the way they are used as well.
A next step may be to use apps to monitor the situation. Especially when the child is over attached to the phone these apps can be great. Some apps can send a text to parent when the child is texting while the vehicle is on the move. Some of them can actually disable their phones when they are driving. Parents would know best if a drastic measure is required. They should not hold back in such cases for the sake of children’s safety.