SAFETY TIPS FOR BACK 2 SCHOOL TEEN DRIVERS IN THE SEATTLE AREA
We've all seen the stickers: Student Driver. And we all know what that means - a teen driver behind the wheel. It's an experience that can fill parents with both dread and, secretly, relief - no more being the family Uber! But either way, we get it. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, it's equally important to prepare your new driver with the knowledge they need to stay safe.
DON'T DRIVE DISTRACTED
In the age of technology, one issue reigns supreme: distracted driving. Let's face it, some adults even struggle with this. But for new drivers, staying focused is essential. And that's especially true in Washington, where it's also a hands-free state. If you're answering that message or picking up that call, not only is it dangerous - it's illegal too. So, let's keep our focus on the road and keep our new drivers safe!
Hey there! Want to help your teen avoid phone use while driving? Here are some awesome ways to make it happen:
- Use the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature on iPhone: If your teen has an iPhone, they can easily turn on the Do Not Disturb feature when driving. It’ll make sure they don’t get any notifications while behind the wheel.
- Hands-Free Bluetooth System: For those without an iPhone, a hands-free Bluetooth system works wonders too! They're available on most newer cars or you can purchase a standalone device that simply connects to a specific radio station. With it, they'll be able to call or text completely hands-free while jamming out to their favorite playlists.
Remember to encourage your teen to stay focused on the road and avoid distractions. Safety first!
OBEY THE SPEED LIMIT
When it comes to driving, it's easy to view speed limits as just a suggestion - until you're faced with a hefty fine or even worse, danger. So, how can you encourage your teen to drive safely? A good starting point is by setting an example yourself. Make it a priority to stay within the speed limits, especially during poor weather conditions. This will show your teen how to responsibly operate a vehicle.
One helpful tool to reinforce the importance of adhering to speed limits is using Life360. This fantastic app is ideal for monitoring your teen's driving habits. Not only does it track their speed, alerting you if they go over major or minor speed limits, but it also lets you know when they arrive and depart locations. With this app, you can have peace of mind knowing your teen is driving safely.
BEHAVE SAFELY DURING TRAFFIC STOPS
Getting pulled over is something we all dread, especially as a parent worrying about our teenager's safety. No matter how much you teach them about traffic safety, there's always a chance they might get a ticket. So, let's face it, we've all been there, teenager or not.
That's why it's important to talk to your teen about what to expect during a traffic stop. From knowing where their documentation is located, to how to safely pull over on the side of the road, and even how to interact with police officers. These simple tips can make all the difference and help keep your teenager safe while behind the wheel.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAR
Have you ever reminisced about being a teenager and having your own car? It was a taste of freedom we all craved! But, let’s face it, we were naïve when it came to car maintenance. I sure was! My parents were not thrilled when they discovered I had been neglecting it. But, this doesn’t have to be the case for your teenager.
Help them become a responsible car owner by showing them the ropes. How? Start by talking to them about the varying parts of the car. Explain when and how maintenance should occur. You could even bring them along for the next servicing. Think of it as teaching them how to order food at a restaurant! Guiding them how to be respectful and responsible until they can do it on their own.
By involving them in the process, they'll learn essential social skills and the importance of responsibility. Plus, they'll learn to ask great questions about their car. Before you know it, they'll be maintaining their car confidently.
We know safety is your top priority. And when it’s time to find a trustworthy mechanic for your teen’s car, Chucks Auto Repair is here to help. Schedule your next maintenance or repair appointment with us today, either by phone or online.