Many California teens look forward to the day when they can finally get their driver’s licenses. Driving represents a certain level of freedom and independence that they can’t wait to achieve. It’s important for them to remember that driving comes with responsibilities and risks. Here are a few of the most common risks associated with driving that you as a parent should share with your children.
Distracted driving takes focus away
Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from the road. That includes things like talking or texting on your phone, eating, drinking, changing the radio station and even talking to passengers in the car. Anything that you do behind the wheel that makes you take your eyes off of the road is a potential hazard that can result in a serious crash.
Exhaustion is dangerous for teens
It’s no secret that teenagers need more sleep than adults, but that doesn’t mean they always get enough of it. Teens need at least eight hours of sleep a night, but they only average about seven. The result is that many teenagers are often driving while tired, which can lead to motor vehicle accidents. If you find yourself feeling drowsy while driving, pull over at the next safe opportunity and take a nap or rest break.
Speeding causes accidents
Teens are especially prone to speeding because they’re often inexperienced behind the wheel and haven’t yet developed a sense of caution when it comes to how fast they’re going. Always obey posted speed limits, as there can be changes in the road that make driving unsafe above those posted limits, which can increase the risk of accident.
Safe driving is good driving
Driving is an exciting rite of passage for many teenagers, but it’s also risky business. Before you hit the road for the first time (or anytime), make sure you’re aware of some of the most common dangers so that you can avoid them as much as possible. Stay safe out there!