Teen Driving Awareness Month
El Paso Teens Take the Wheel Safely
In the expansive terrain of El Paso, Texas, January marks a significant annual observance — Teen Driving Awareness Month. My own teen daughter is just about to get behind the wheel, and we parents must know how to keep them safe. As we navigate the vast network of highways and city roads, young drivers face distinct risks, so parents play a pivotal role in teaching their young drivers safe driving habits — and enforcing them. Here are a few to focus on to help prevent car accidents.
Tackle the Distraction Dilemma
One of the most dangerous teen-driving risks is the omnipresence of distractions, particularly with the increase of smartphones and in-car entertainment systems. Enforce strict rules with your teen that ensure they never use their phone while on the road. Clear expectations regarding the responsible use of electronic devices are crucial to reducing distractions and enhancing safety on the road.
Set Rules for Safer Roads
Parents hold the key to instilling responsible driving habits in their teens. Establishing and enforcing driving rules, such as setting curfews, limiting passengers, and adopting a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence, form a critical foundation. Rather than restricting freedom, these measures encourage responsibility and equip teens for a lifetime of safe driving.
Stay Involved and Supportive
Your child needs to know you will be there for them no matter what. While we never want to imagine our teens participating in underage drinking, you never know when it might happen. The last thing you want is for them to be too afraid to call you at a time like this and drive under the influence. I encourage every parent to reassure their child that they will always come to pick them up if they’ve been drinking. While you might not be happy about it, escorting them home can save a life.
If, in the unfortunate event, your teen experiences an accident, our team is here to help you understand your next steps.