Practice makes perfect
Go for a drive with your young driver at least 30 minutes each week for the first
full year after he or she passes the driving test and gets a full driving license.
Be Patient and Encouraging
Turn each drive into a learning experience. Give advice calmly and gently. Be honest
and sincere when you encourage. Invite your teenager to analyse his or her skills
Lead by example
Your teenager learns from you – especially when you are behind the wheel. Drive
the way you want your teen to drive. If your teen catches you making a mistake,
admit it. Show your teenager that it is never too late to start doing the right
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Make Safety Part of your Community
For 17, 18 and 19 year olds, the risk of death increases 40% with one teenage passenger,
doubles with two teenage passengers and quadruples with three or more teenage passengers.
Encourage parents of teenagers in your community to also set appropriate driving
rules to make sure you teenager is safer as a passenger.
Empower Teenagers to Speak UP
Discourage risky behaviour as a driver or passenger. Emphasise that everyone in
the car is responsible for safe driving. Reinforce the importance of speaking up
in dangerous situations.
Review the Rules of the Road
Know the rules of the road. These rules help new drivers get on-the-road experience
under lower-risk situations. View the rules of the road as minimum standards for
establishing family rules.
Make it Official
Establish family rules about when, where, how and with whom your teen may drive.
Work with your teenager to set consequences for breaking the rules. Create a Parent-Teenager Agreement. Review your teenager’s progress
every three months.
Make sure your young driver always fastens his or her seatbelt and checks to make
sure that passengers do too. Teenagers are least likely to wear seat belts. Most
teenagers killed in car accidents are not wearing safety belts.
Watch how your teenager focuses on driving with family in the car. Passengers, and
the distractions the represent, can be deadly. The propensity to crash increases
with even one teenage passenger. Consider allowing no teenage passengers for the
first six months of driving after passing the driving test.
Observe how your teenager manages speed and determine if he or she sees and responds
to speed limit signs. Point out how to adjust speed to the situation. Weather, traffic,
hazards and experience factor into a safe driving speed.
Scanning the road ahead
Encourage your teenager to regularly look far down the road, then closer in and
then through mirrors. Teach your teenager to identify and avoid potentially reckless
drivers and hazards on the road.
Keeping their Distance
Encourage your teenager to keep a minimum three-second distance between his or her
car and the car in front. Instruct them to watch the rear bumper of the car in front
pass an object. Then ask him to count out loud for three to four seconds before
his or her car passes the same object.
Watch how your teenager adjusts to night driving. Fatal crashes are more likely
at night than during the day. Continue to practice with your teenager and consider
banning unsupervised night driving for the first six months of licenses driving.
Mobile Phone Management
Be sure your teenager routinely turns off and puts away any mobile phone before
starting the car. If your teenager needs to make a call, he or she should pull over
and stop for the duration of the call.
Encourage your teenager to fully concentrate on driving. Ask him or her to avoid
activities that take the focus off the road, including eating, drinking, reaching
for an object, reading billboards or adjusting/programming electronics.