Teenage drivers are notoriously bad at driving. The United States is the only country where we allow them to drive at the age of sixteen legally, and it shows. We are also the top spot in traffic deaths, people less likely to wear their seat belts, and more teenagers dying in fiery car crashes than any other developed country. In spite of the rules and regulations we have in place to help prevent accidents, teenagers still have a long way to go before becoming adult drivers, and it shows in almost every way.
There are a lot of things that you as a parent can do to help prepare your teenager for the road. First and foremost is driving with them – a lot. Practice is truly what makes perfect, and it takes ten thousand hours for someone to become expert at whatever they are trying to do. That means most of us are well into middle age before we hit that ten thousand mark. Teenagers can get their driver’s license with an education class and just forty hours of driving time behind the wheel. This creates a dangerous situation when they are out on the road with other drivers, so the best thing you can do for them is to practice as much as possible, and to be in the car with them as much as possible until you have more comfort with them behind the wheel.
The remaining things that will help your teenager are secondary to practice, because none of these will make them a better driver, just a safer person in general. Roadside assistance is highly recommended for anyone, but especially teenagers who know little about cars, changing tires, or possible mechanical issues. AAA or another similar service charges a very reasonable fee for up to several phone calls per year, and it costs pennies to add additional family members to the plan.
In that same vein, having a locksmith on call 24 hours a day will help in even the most dire of circumstances. If your teenager is locked out of their car at night or somewhere they do not have access to a spare key, they need to be able to call a locksmith such as Mobile Locksmith Pros and get someone out to let them into the car. An emergency locksmith will be on call 24 hours a day, and will be able to help your child when they have locked themselves out of the car. Notice that I say when they lock themselves out, not if they lock themselves out. Everyone has done this at one point or another in our lives, and today’s teenagers are no better than we were as teenagers. Keeping this in mind, and noting that even though technology has come a long way teenagers will still be teenagers, get your child the phone number of a reliable locksmith and make sure they have it both stored in their phone and memorized in case their phone dies or they do not have it with them. They should also always have their cell phone with them when driving, though not actually using it.