What Your Teenager Need to Know about Driving
We all know that teenagers are very hard to deal with. Even if you love them to bits, getting simple messages over to them can prove to be quite difficult sometimes. I’m sure it’s not because they are intentionally trying to be difficult but it is just a confusing time for them as they transition from being a kid to being an adult. If there one thing that you have to get across to your teenager that is driving it is this: Driving and Insurance. Below I have listed 4 of the most important things that you must let your teenage driver know before they are handed the keys.
1) It isn’t Your Right to Drive, it is a Revocable Privilege.
This isn’t just the view from parents but is also the view of any state and federal government. When your teenager get his/her first chance at driving, the law is normally very tight so that they know exactly what is expected of them on the roads. If too many violations are received in a short period of time or if they are caught doing something big like DUI or being involved in a large accident, it is more than likely they will lose their license.
Parents should also know that if the teenager is under your care then anything wrong that they do which is liable to be claimed will be paid by you. If something major occurs most governments will even find the parents liable too. It is vital to let your teenager know that if they do not live up to the expectations set by you as parents then it is your RIGHT to take away their driving privilege.
2) Insurance Costs for Teenagers is Expensive.
Most parents will know that buying insurance for your teenager to be an additional driver of your car can drive up the costs of your insurance significantly. It’s common knowledge that insurance for teenagers will never be cheap. This is plainly because of the higher risk that they pose along with the likelihood of accidents for these first time drivers.
It isn’t rare to hear that some insurance companies will even deny insurance coverage for teenage drivers just because they pose too much of a risk. This means that the demand for these coverage items is high while the supply is limited only to a few companies. This alone will drive up prices.
3) Accidents – There are Consequences
Teenagers cannot have free-reign of their driving experience even if they own the cars themselves. Teenagers need to know that accidents are very serious, people get seriously hurt and even die. If they get into any accident that could have been avoided, they have to pay the price. They cannot be irresponsible behind the wheel. This may even involve making sure that all the passengers that they ferry must wear seatbelts.
4) Personal Judgment
You as a parent must make a judgment call and see how your teenager drives behind the wheel. How reliable a person is he/her. How likely are they going to get into trouble? This is not just to cover your own ass but also to ensure the safety of his/her friends, the community and your car. There is no point allowing a irresponsible drunkard teenager behind the wheel when you know something negative is sure to result from this.
In addition to this basic character judgment, you must also look at your child’s concentration behind the wheel of the car. Are they inherently good drivers who pay attention to the road or are they more interested in talking. You should observe the patterns of the teenage driver and be sure that they do the right thing behind the wheel. Obvious things like changing the radio stations all the time or even using the mobile phone are a definite NO NO.
You should bring your teenager out to the village or other less than common surroundings and even teach them where it is necessary about things that they might not have learned while studying for their driver’s license. They have to know how to road conditions change overnight, how to slow down where children are potentially playing and even learn now to negotiate roads which are frequented by trucks.
Teenagers are by definition hard to deal with. It is quite had to get any important information over to them. But you must try. The 4 points that I have laid out above is vital so that teenagers will take their driving very seriously. If not it could potentially be endangering their lives.