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Why parents should promote safe driving habits

In our last post, we highlighted how the old adage “hope springs eternal “ applies to the change in weather conditions. The saying can also apply to the optimism that comes with teens who have become newly minted drivers.

The optimism comes with the new found freedom that having a license brings. Gone are the days where a ride to the mall becomes necessary. However, this freedom comes with an expectation of responsibility. Given the propensity for new drivers to drive aggressively and make mistakes that can lead to disaster

To limit the potential for accidents, it is important for parents to have frank conversations with new drivers about the dangers that come with irresponsible driving habits.

But another old adage may apply here: “talk is cheap.” Saying what new drivers should do is one thing, but parents must set expectations by driving the way they want their kids to drive.  Keep in mind that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has suggested that teen drivers may be less likely to engage in destructive driving habits if they see their parents being responsible drivers.

Indeed, teens may find importance and solace in creating their own identities, as well as their driving style; so they may not always find traditional driving norms to be “cool.” Nevertheless, parents who do not exemplify the responsibility they want their kids to exhibit may not carry the credibility to convince kids to follow them.

So when encouraging your teen driver to develop safe driving habits, be sure that you are doing the same. 

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