Teen Driving Worries

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  • Safe driving habits and shared insights should be an ongoing and proactive discussion among parents and their teens. Help your teenager become a more aware and safer driver with these seven tips—based on startling statistics specific to teen drivers in Nebraska.

  • Licensed drivers, 19 years of age or younger, represent only 6.1% of all Nebraska drivers, yet account for 22% of all reported crashes.

  • As the parent, you can set driving guidelines, impose consequences and most of all be vocal and involved in emphasizing the need for wearing a seat belt. Remember, your child is inexperienced. This is a new endeavor, and they need guidance in understanding what acceptable behavior is.

  • Most accidents occur at night! Ask your teen to drive home when fully awake and able to provide their undivided attention to the road. Or ask that they stay at their current destination or call for a ride. Consider imposing consequences in the morning vs. asking them to meet curfew or drive in poor circumstances late at night.

  • As a teen driver begins logging hours behind the wheel, adhering to the posted speed limit will help in reducing the chance of an accident. Stress the importance of staying at or below the posted speed for the safety of themselves and others.

  • Texting while driving contributes to almost a third of 2012 teen-driver accidents. It takes attention off the road when inexperience needs as much attention as possible. Ask your teen to promise they will put their phone aside while driving. If you never ask, they may assume it’s okay to text and drive.

  • Traveling too closely will not increase the chance for an early arrival. Being a defensive driver is the safest approach to teen driving. Consider a driver’s education course to help your teen understand basic traffic laws and fundamental safety tips.

  • Understanding how to drive in various Nebraska weather conditions will take time and guidance. Help your teen by emphasizing the need to leave early when rain, ice or snow is predicted. It will take longer to get to their destination and speeding is the last thing you’d like them to do when trying to get to school or a job.

  • Tips provided by Nebraska Safety Council, the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety and