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Help your teenagers stay safe on the road

The major difference between you and your teenager is the experience you bring to the driver’s seat. All the driver courses in the world do not replace years of experience reading other drivers and responding quickly. Work with your kids and teach them to be as prepared as possible for the challenges on the road.

You want to do everything you can to prepare your kids for driving in Wisconsin. Below are some of the top reasons teenagers get into accidents.

Distractions

Even if you teach your teen driver to take every precaution, there is no accounting for getting distracted. Teens face many distractions such as:

  • Music
  • Phone calls
  • Texts
  • Conversations from friends

These distractions are hard to control variables. The best thing you can do is educate your kids on the importance of maintaining focus.

Mechanical failure

Even experienced drivers will have trouble with a mechanical failure to brakes or steering. Your best way to protect your family is to proactively check your child’s vehicle to ensure it is working appropriately.

Bad weather

There is no way to prepare a new driver for how challenging it is to drive in the snow for the first time. While you can teach them some of the basics, such as how to steer out of a slide and keep from spinning out, you cannot teach everything. Your best opportunity is to work closely with your kids to teach them what you can do best.

Taking charge of your children’s difficulties

As a parent, you must stay vigilant. It is important to set a good example for your teen driver, and to provide guidance and feedback on their driving habits.

And remember, if you or your kids are in an accident and it’s clear that the driver just could not handle the road, you have ample opportunity to recover.

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