To a teenager, getting a drivers license means freedom, but to a parent it can be scary when your teen nears the legal driving age. With driving comes responsibility not only for the teen driver, but for the parents as well. As a parent, this is a great time to be proactive by making sure your teen is well prepared to operate a motor vehicle. It takes plenty of patience and practice to become a safe driver. How well teens are prepared depends on several factors, including experience, self-confidence, parental guidance, and maturity. Learning to drive is relatively easy. Building up driving skills slowly can help solidify safe driving habits boost confidence behind the wheel, and reduce risks. Starting right will help instill good driving habits. Just as your arms protected your child as he took his first steps, starting school, and riding a bike, you need to take steps to prepare your teen driving.
- Teach by example. As soon as your child reaches his teen years, he is getting cues from you about driving. Wear your seatbelt, follow traffic rules, and practice safe driving by not talking on the cell phone or texting while driving. Teach your teen how to read road and traffic signs, the proper distance between vehicles, making complete stops, and anticipating traffic light changes.
- Research driving schools in your area. Choose the most comprehensive.
- Get a driving manual and go over it with your child explaining any areas your teen does not understand.
- After obtaining a driver’s permit, let your teen practice driving with you in the passenger seat whenever possible. Teens need experience at the wheel.
- Establish a written contract with your teen that outlines your driving rules and the consequences of breaking them.
- Continue to ride with your teen occasionally even after he has his license. Have him practice on the highway and in inclement weather.
Habits are difficult to change once set. Protect a loved one by taking an active role in this important milestone by preparing early. Having a drivers license is not enough proof that your teen is ready to drive. Good judgment, a thorough understanding of what safe driving means, feeling comfortable behind the wheel, and being knowledgeable of the driving laws in your state are equally important. Like taking an academic exam, you must be fully prepared to taking the driving exam. Lives may depend on how well your teen can master the course.
Lawsuit Financial encourages everyone to help their teenagers become safe drivers by coaching, guiding, and setting examples in a positive way. It is imperative that they learn to be responsible drivers for their safety and those around them. Also, be cognizant of the examples you set. Lawsuit Financial understands that even those that consistently practice safe driving skills, act responsibly behind the wheel, and avoid distractions may still find themselves in an automobile accident. If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an automobile accident at no fault of your own, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, loss wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to contact an attorney who specializes in these types of cases. Are the bills mounting because you are struggling to meet financial obligations while your auto accident case is being reviewed and settled? Lawsuit Financial can help by providing the lawsuit funding you need for the time you need to reach a fair settlement.
Attorney, certified civil mediator, and award-winning author of the Zachary Blake Betrayal Series—Mark Bello is also the CEO of Lawsuit Financial and the country’s leading expert in providing non-recourse lawsuit funding to plaintiffs involved in pending litigation. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan, a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice, and a member of the American Association for Justice.