Your child has reached the age of driving. While you certainly knew this milestone was coming for some time, you may still have mixed feelings now that he or she has finally obtained a driver’s license. Safety is undoubtedly a major concern for you, and though you did your best to ensure that your child remained safe while teaching him or her to drive, you may wonder whether those lessens took hold.
One of the best ways to help your teen driver remember important safety tips is by practicing what you preach. This means that if you have put rules in place in hopes of helping your child remain safer on the roadways, it may prove beneficial as a life lesson and in keeping yourself safe by adhering to those safety rules yourself.
Pay attention to distractions
One of the biggest issues with drivers, especially teen drivers, relates to the ease of becoming distracted while behind the wheel. With so many objects and actions inside and outside of the vehicle, a driver could easily take his or her mind off of driving or eyes off the road for a fraction of a second too long. Unfortunately, all it takes is that fraction of a second for a serious car accident to take place.
While it may seem counterintuitive to pay attention to distractions, it may help you to stay focused when done correctly. Paying attention to distractions means identifying possible distractions and finding ways to avoid them.
Common distractions and avoidance tips
Because distraction occurs any time your teen or you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving, you may become distracted without even realizing it. Therefore, you may want to make sure that you and your teen both remain on the lookout for these common distractions:
- Rowdy passengers: Try to keep the number of vehicle occupants to a minimum.
- Drowsiness: Pulling over to rest and getting enough sleep can help prevent an accident from this distraction.
- Cellphones: Because cellphones offer many distractions on their own, putting the phone away can help avoid the temptation to text or make a call.
- Multi-tasking: Though it may seem like a time-saver to eat while driving or seem harmless to search for music, these actions take your full attention away from the task of driving.
Of course, there are many other types of distractions that drivers could fall victim to. Unfortunately, distracted drivers can also create victims when they cause an injury-causing accident. If you or your child end up injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may have reason to take legal action in hopes of seeking compensation for allowable damages.