Do you have a teenage getting ready to drive? Are you prepared for the worst case scenario? What can you do now to prevent the worst case scenario from occurring?
How to prevent the worst case scenario:
Texting and driving
Warn them of the dangers and take preemptive action. Phones are a huge distraction to both newer and older drivers alike. They are also one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents. It is important that you teach your kids the dangers of being distracted while they drive, whether it be sending a text, checking social media, or even being on the phone. Emphasize that if it absolutely cannot wait, they can always pull over without risking getting in a crash. Also, try to refrain from texting or calling your children while they are driving. Most importantly, it is important to set a good example. Don’t check your phone while driving your children around, and you will be more effective in cautioning them against distracted driving.
Driving in risky weather
Prepare them for situations of driving in snow, heavy rain, and fog. There are situations of bad weather where driving would require more concentration and different practice. It is important to teach them about these extremes, and if at all possible, practice with them in the most risk-free environment. Even if you live in an area where risky weather is not common, it is important to prepare your children as best you can for the future. Any amount of preparation can help prevent your teenager from being involved in an accident.
Drinking and driving
All parents hope that their kids will not drink, but it is inevitable for a good number of teenagers. It is important to be prepared for that. More importantly, it is essential to teach your children about the dangers of driving when intoxicated. Perhaps enforce a policy that they will not get grounded or at least in less trouble for drinking if they do so responsibly. If they call you to pick them up or have a designated driver, it could prevent a tragedy from happening to your child or to someone else.
If the worst case scenario does happen, what you should do:
If they do get hit by another car or are involved in one of the hundreds of thousands pedestrian accidents that occur every year, what do you do? The first step is to get help. It is important to hire a good lawyer to help get your child compensation. Teenagers can struggle if they are responsible for an accident or not. They do not have the experience necessary to handle the situation correctly most of the time. As a parent, your job is to support them and help them through it. If they were responsible, remind them that you love them. If they were not responsible but had a horrible accident happen to them, help them through the grueling process that a legal battle could be.
While it is important to teach children about how to prevent accidents and try to prepare them as much as you can, you should also prepare for the worst case scenario.
Learning to drive is a huge step towards adulthood. It is a scary time for parents to have to prepare for your teenager to start to drive. Cars can be extremely dangerous, especially if they are not taken seriously. It is important for parents to emphasize the dangers of cars and precaution your children when they learn to drive. Parents need to discourage distracted driving and texting or drinking while behind the wheel. In addition, it is important to support your child and do what it takes to get them through the situation if the worst case scenario does happen.