CHP on Parents’ Role in Teen Driver Safety

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release stressing the importance of parents’ role in teen driver safety. The CHP, as well as many other public safety agencies in California and across the nation, recently observed National Teen Driver Safety Week. This year, National Teen Driver Safety Week ran from October 20-26. While parents may not always feel like they’re very strong influencers or voices in their teens’ lives, that’s simply not the case when it comes to driving safety.

When it comes to keeping your teens safe behind the wheel, the best place to start is with an open dialogue. In addition to having discussions about safety behind the wheel, parents are also reminded to always set a good example for inexperienced young drivers.


Open a Dialogue About Safe Driving With Your Teen

Surprisingly, opening up a dialogue about safe driving is a great way to improve safety behind the wheel for your teen driver. While it may sometimes feel like discussions with teens can go in one ear and out the other, this important component of teen driver safety can’t be overlooked. Talk to your teen drivers about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. Other risky behaviors to discuss include speeding, drinking alcohol, driving while drowsy and transporting peer passengers.


Set a Good Example for Teen Drivers

Above all, don’t forget to set a good example for your teen drivers. If you’re telling them not to drive distracted, you better make sure you don’t have your phone out while you’re driving. It’s not good enough to tell them to do as you say and not as you do. You have to walk the talk. If your teen driver sees how seriously you take roadway safety, that’s going to make a positive impact on their behavior behind the wheel.


Car Accidents Involving Teen Drivers in San Diego

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