Keeping Your Teen Safe On The Open Roads
Insuring teen drivers is notoriously expensive, but there comes a time as a parent where you must help your children navigate the open roads. While you may be inclined to assume that the driving course they take to receive their license is enough practice, you have a responsibility to help your child become a responsible driver. We have gathered a list of driving tips for teens that you should relay to your children so that they are not amongst the many reckless, inexperienced drivers on the road:
- Safe driving for teens begins with the car they are driving. It is important that you choose a car that has enhanced safety features and high safety ratings, but a car that you can still comfortably afford. Often, choosing a safety-enhanced car will also yield auto insurance discounts.
- You should set rules for when your child is able to navigate the open roads. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), fatal accidents involving young drivers typically occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and midnight. Therefore, it may be smart to restrict them from driving during these hours. As the parent, you should implement any rules you see fit.
- It is also important to have a heart to heart with your new teen driver. Whether it takes telling them about one of your mistakes or showing them the scary statistics regarding the true dangers on the road, it is important that you have a conversation that inflicts emotion.
- Most importantly, you must practice what you preach. If you are always on your phone while driving and honking at other drivers your child is likely to reciprocate the same driving habits. Make sure to set a good example for your teen driver so that they have a positive role model of how they should behave while driving.
Serving Hudson, Chatham, and all of New York, contact Lofgren Agency for all of your auto insurance needs. We will help you obtain an auto insurance policy for your teen driver that is both coverage optimized and affordable by making sure you are taking advantage of all discounts you qualify for.