According to the National Safety Council, half of all teens will be involved in a car accident before they graduate. Teen driving is also the number one cause of death for 15-18 year-olds. So, what can you do when purchasing your teen’s first car to keep them safe?
Provide Clear expectations
Take the time to discuss exactly what you expect from your teen while on the road. Be clear about all rules regarding cell phones, passengers, and driving times and areas, and don’t assume that anything is understood. Ensure that your teen understands the level of responsibility required as well as the possible consequences that could be incurred, such as fines, license suspension, and accidents.
Shop, Shop, Shop
When deciding on your teen’s first vehicle, do your research. Find out which brands and models have the best safety and drive ratings. Learn about handling and brake system ratings as well as safety packages including antilock braking systems, air bags, and traction control systems. Take your teen along with you and let them take the wheel during the test drive. This will allow you to gauge comfort and driveability for your teen’s safety. Getting pre-approved before shopping can alleviate some of the tension that comes with buying a vehicle, and can set natural limits that makes it easier to come to a decision. When you find a car you’re interested in, have it inspected by a trusted mechanic to ensure its safety and stability.
While nobody likes to be the bad guy, it’s imperative that the rules of driving are thoroughly enforced to keep your teen safe. Check up on your teen to make sure the rules are being followed properly and have set consequences when they are not. This can not only save hassle, time, and money but in many cases, it can also save a life.
Drive time is an exciting time for teens across the nation. Creating a clear plan and having a safe, stable vehicle are the first two steps to a safe, focused driver. To learn more about teen driving, or to have your teen’s first car inspected, call the Japanese Car Specialties experts today at 949-583-0811.