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Driving Tips for Teens

March 16, 2013

Driving while distracted is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the nation, and it’s something that teens are prone to doing. With cellphone use and texting now commonplace amongst teenagers, concerned parents are searching for ways to keep their kids safe on the roads.

There are several things parents can do to encourage safe driving habits for their teens and to prevent distracted driving.

1. Talk to them – talk to your teen about the importance of driving safely and the dangers of texting and talking on the phone while driving. Explain how quickly tragedy can strike when your eyes leave the road for just a moment.

2. Set ground rules – lay down family driving rules and explain them clearly to your child. Remind him or her about the consequences of breaking driving laws. Remind them of the fact that in Kentucky, teens under 18 are prohibited from using the phone while driving, and everyone is prohibited from texting while driving.

3. Be an example – consciously try to set a good example for your teen. Teens can spot disingenuous behavior in a heartbeat. The safer you drive, the more likely your teen will be
to follow your example.

For further tips on reducing distracted driving, visit the Department of Transportation’s distraction.gov site. Find out how to get involved and download a pledge form for you and your teen to have a record of your commitment to safe driving.