As a Parent, How Can I Reduce the Accident Risk for my Young Driver?
Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than older drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a concerning statistic for parents of young drivers. Many parents are concerned about their children and look to ways they can assure their safety. See below for some options for concerned parents of young drivers.
Insurance Company Webcam
Some insurance companies, such as American Family Insurance, are now offering parents the option of installing a webcam in the rear-view mirror of the car of their teen drivers. The camera records only when a sudden movement is made and is then sent to a secure website where the parent and child can view the footage together. This is a way parents and their teen can discuss the mistakes made and improve the teen’s driving skills.
Insurance Company Road Hazard Website
State Farm set up a website with programs on it that assist parents in helping their teenagers with their driving skills. One of the programs helps young drivers to understand and recognize the hazards that you come across while driving.
Driver’s Education Courses
Almost all public schools offer driver’s education courses as an elective. These are great practice and education for young drivers, even though they may have already passed a driver’s license test. Driver’s education courses not only offer hands on learning experience but they also reinforce traffic laws, traffic signs and other types of knowledge the young driver may need to know in the future.
The single best way for your teen to advance and improve their driving skills is to practice as much as possible. Most of the knowledge and ability to recognize hazards or hazardous road conditions comes from time and practice. The best thing you can do is to take your child out on the road as often as possible to gain experience