Besides actually flying the nest itself, one of the biggest fears that all parents carry is watching their 17 year old get behind the wheel of a car for the first time. The sad fact is that even after they have passed their test, dangers lurk around every corner in the form of reckless driving and speeding; often attributed to showing off to friends.
But as parents, what can you do to ensure the safety of your teenage son or daughter?
Invest in car safety
Unless your teen is extremely lucky, the chances are that their first car will have travelled over more than a few horizons. If this is the case, you can of course buy a few additional safety features for the car.
- Safety tyres are great additions for newcomers to the road. Available quite cheaply from online suppliers such as Click on Tyres, you can rest assured that your son or daughter has the best possible grip on the road.
- Though it may never be used, a fire extinguisher is a great addition to in any car. If an accident was to happen or some small fire was to break loose, your son or daughter would have it tackled in no time. You can buy small fire extinguishers from places such as B&Q.
- Whatever happens, keeping a water canister in the boot is always an assured way of keeping things safe. Although in the UK, we’re pretty sure that no one will die of thirst, keeping water in the boot is a great way of keeping the radiator topped up. You can buy a water canister from as little as £6 online.
Go out with them
As every experienced driver knows, learning pretty much starts as soon as the instructor is out of the car. This does not mean however, that you as a parent can’t continue their education through helping them drive at night and on motorways.
In the United States at least, 40 per cent of all teen crashes happen between 9pm and 6 am, so having someone with them for the first few rides could be the difference between a crash and a near miss.
Give them guidance
Not all teens will want their parents in the car with them, and this is only a natural part of growing up.
It is therefore important for you to give them all the guidance you can, but do not be forceful; a quiet chat over a cup of tea or on a walk will be enough to give them hints and tips on the road.
At the same time, beware about peer influence as in the United States just one teen passenger can increase a teen crash risk by 48 per cent. If a teen was to have three others in the car, this percentage would increase as much as 307 per cent.
Showing off as a teenager is just a part of life, but it can be deadly, try and advice your teen to only carry friends that they trust.