Advice for Teen Drivers

Teen smiling showing her new car keys and car. Summertime is officially upon us. While most parents can’t enjoy the beloved summer vacation we all miss, teens do. This is the time of year where your teenager, and every other teen, has more opportunities to be out on the road than at any other time of year. You might be worried, but don’t sweat, there are plenty of tips you can use to make sure your teen driver gets home safe.

Summer Traffic

Summertime means other teen drivers, vacationers, and locals will take to the roads to have a little fun in the sun. While you might not be able to enforce every rule and guideline for your teen to follow, the least you can do is educate them on the consequences and ensure they know how to handle this traffic. Take your young driver out on the road beforehand and guide them through different situations they encounter along the way.

Defensive driving

As you may know, there are some drivers who never truly get the hang of it. There are probably a few that come to mind. If you live in an area with many attractions, you will likely share the road with vacationers unfamiliar to the local roads. In the summer, drivers have to be alert for more than just bad drivers, but pedestrians as well. Children of all ages are out of school and more people are spending time outside.

Your teen could very well be a good driver, but you didn’t teach everyone. Practice and review situations with your teen driver on defensive driving to help them avoid any collisions with a negligent driver.

Distracted driving

The dangers listed above only intensify when a driver is distracted. Teens are more apt to text and drive or have friends in the car than any other age group. Luckily, some states have curfews and laws limiting the number of friends young drivers can have in the car. In the case where your teen does have passengers, encourage them to let the passengers control the music so your driver can focus more on the road.

Drivers Ed

Drivers education courses offer many benefits for teen drivers and their parents. To start, the course might lower your insurance costs based on your provider. Along with your guidance, your teens can learn from a certified instructor and most likely will practice with other peers in the car as well. The additional driving experience can improve your teen’s comfortability on the road and in different situations. Plus, you’ll know where they’re at while enrolled in the course.

Pay attention to the weather

Summer weather in Nebraska is about as unpredictable as it gets. It can be sunny and cloud-free one moment and hail the next. Drivers must stay on their toes during times of severe weather and you’re teen might not have the necessary skills to handle these situations. Plus, you really don’t want to spend money on a hail damaged vehicle when avoidance is as easy as checking the weather. Turn on weather notifications on your phone and alert your teen driver on any changes in the weather.

Buckle Up

It might not be the “cool thing to do” but it’s one of the easiest and convenient life-savers ever invented. Young drivers wear seatbelts less often than any other age group. If you feel the need, go over the pros and cons with your driver. If necessary, there are certain technologies out there that prevent the vehicle from starting until the seatbelt is on.

Car Maintenance

Take advantage of the nice weather as an opportunity to educate your young driver on car maintenance. Not only is it warmer and gives you the opportunity to be outside, there’s plenty of maintenance checks specifically related to the summer that should be periodically reviewed. From checking proper fluids to tire pressure, there’s a lot that can go wrong, but more that can be learned.

Lead by example

Over the years, we all throw certain laws out the window as our driving experience increases, mostly speeding. Now is a good time to make sure your driving is on point so your teenager can learn from you. Whether you believe it or not, parents do have the largest influence on a child’s life, even socially.