Talk to your son before giving him your car keys
Talk to your son before giving him your car keys. During the summer holidays, many young people venture out on their first independent car trips. They go to the beach with their friends, visit the shopping centers or go to the concert of the singer on duty. They want to be independent and one of the first steps is precisely to drive the family car.
Parents should have a serious conversation about the dangers and responsibilities of driving before leaving the keys to their stem. Taking into account that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people between 15 and 20 years of age.
You should advise your child to drive slowly and safely, regardless of the road. Young people are very confident and believe they are in control of the whole situation.
Although all modern cars warn when the driver is not wearing a seat belt, talk with your child about how important it is to her life to wear it.
Try to limit the distance of the first excursions and ask him to drive mainly during the day and to avoid driving in bad weather.
32.8% of high school youth admit that they drive and text at the same time. Explain to your child that distraction is the main cause of accidents, that taking one second of his eyes from the road can be fatal for him, his companions, and surrounding pedestrians.
A strong point of this conversation should be about alcohol consumption. Police reports maintain that 15.1% of the youths, between 18 and 20 years old, fined were driving under the influence of alcohol. In addition, 33% of young drivers killed in accidents were driving drunk.
The best way to prevent accidents is to speak clearly with your child about his new responsibility. Talk to your son before giving him your car keys.
And remember to call Univista Insurance to include your child as one of the family car drivers.