How Parents Can Help Prevent Accidents Involving Their Teenage Children

keys.jpgThere are a number of factors that go into the making of a responsible teenage driver, and one of the more important factors is parental involvement. The Governors’ Highway Safety Association says that parental involvement is the most important factor that can help reduce the risk of fatal accidents involving young motorists.

There are a number of factors that place teenage drivers at a much higher risk of accidents, including, but not limited to, personality temperament, developmental issues and peer pressure. However, when parents are strict, set down strong rules for driving, and establish penalties for breaking rules, teenagers turn out to be much more responsible drivers.

Indiana and most other states have a Graduated Driver Licensing program that is designed to ease young novice drivers to a full and complete license. Indiana’s graduated driver licensing program is definitely effective, but parents can do a lot to help these laws become even more effective, by being involved in their children’s driving.

Many parents struggle between monitoring their children’s driving practices, and allowing their children to be more independent drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association has some advice for parents who are struggling to strike a balance between oversight of their children’s driving and encouraging independent learning.

One of the most effective pieces of advice for any parent is the establishment of a parent-child teen driving contract. Having a contract at the outset helps the youth understand the serious nature of driving. A teen is more likely to take driving seriously when you sit down, set down all the rules in black and white. For instance, a teenage driver’s risk of being involved in an accident is much higher when he is driving with teenage passengers. Unfortunately, parents very often find these rules difficult to enforce. Your teenager could very well leave your house alone but pick up friends on the way without your knowledge. Penalties must be added for these kinds of behaviors when they occur, so your child knows that you are serious about his safety.

Do not be satisfied with a regular driver safety training program for your child. Look for more advanced courses, and trained professionals who can help provide your child opportunities to participate in more hands-on driving events. The driver should be able to learn ways of vehicle handling, recognition of hazards to reduce his risk of an accident, and better speed and space management. These are skills that are not taught in a beginner driver class.

Get involved in parent-teen driving programs conducted by a school or your local community. Understand Indiana’s Graduated Driver Licensing rules, and make sure that your child knows the rules of the program as well.

The Indiana car accident lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson Kennedy LLP represent persons injured in car accidents across Indiana.