When a child starts driving, parents naturally feel nervous about letting them spread their wings. In part, this nervousness comes from the parent's own experiences on the road. Speeding, texting and drunk driving are a few hazards that their child could encounter.
Unfortunately, the next few months only become more dangerous for teen drivers. Dubbed the "100 deadliest days," summer is often the time that crashes rise, especially for this age group. Having a conversation about the risks of summer driving can help you protect your teen while they still enjoy their vacation.
Inexperience is a major factor
Once the final dismissal bell rings, most teens suddenly have ample free time to shop, attend concerts, take road trips and hang out with friends. Your child may encounter new kinds of driving challenges, such as driving in large cities or for long hours across states. Parents can't pass on their skill, but you can share your wisdom about these challenges before your teen embarks on their trip.
Risks of being a passenger
Because teens might travel with their friends, your child could be a frequent passenger in someone else's car. Parents can discuss what to do if their friend is too intoxicated or fatigued to drive safely, including offering rides in case of emergency. If a teen knows that there is an alternative to getting in the car with a risky driver, it may save their life.
Texting on Pennsylvania roads
Although teens and texting usually go together like peanut butter and jelly, they aren't the only ones guilty of distracted driving. Texting behind the wheel is a huge problem across the state. Many older adults fail to resist the temptation of their phone. In fact, experienced drivers can become over-confident about their ability to text and drive.
Teenagers may suffer a crash despite their best efforts to drive safely. If someone else causes an accident, your first thought will undoubtedly be for their well-being. However, you may also be on the hook for their medical expenses and damage to the vehicle. In this case, pursuing compensation from the at-fault party may be something for you and your teen to consider.