When your son reaches the proper driving age, which is 16 in California, you will have a harder time protecting him from dangers because he is now free to operate a car on his own. If you want to keep him safe while he is traveling, the best thing that you can do is to give him proper tips and advice him on how to drive safely.
Teaching your son the different traffic rules is not enough. He should know the different dangers he is facing every time he sits behind the wheel. In addition, he should also know the different causes of car accidents and ways on how he can protect himself when they occur.
By teaching your child on how to practice safe and defensive driving, you will be able to lessen his risks of getting into an accident. In addition, you will not worry too much whenever your son is out on the roads.
Here are some areas which you should discuss with your child before allowing him to drive:
- Number of passengers- Many states put a limit when it comes to the number of people who can ride a vehicle that is being driven by a teen driver. It is important that you are aware of this rule. You might also want to add other passenger rules that are based on your son's temperament, driving experience, and the possible situations that he may likely face while driving.
If you want, you can prohibit him from driving with his friends until you are sure that he can handle it.
- Distractions- It is advisable that you tell your son the danger of doing different things while he is driving. According to a research that was done by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), rubbernecking and texting are responsible for about 16 percent of all the recorded distraction-related accidents.
Meanwhile, calling someone while you are driving quadruples the risks of a crash. Because of this danger, many states have prohibited drivers from using this gadget whenever they are on the roads.
- Seatbelts- According to studies, teens are less likely to wear it so you should remind your son that wearing a seatbelt can spare him from death or serious injuries in the event of an accident.
For more information regarding the dangers of teen driving and tips on how you can spare your child from an accident, do not hesitate to call a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.