Speeding is something that every driver has been guilty of at least once. We have all had days where our patience ran thin and we found ourselves rushing to get home as quickly as possible. We know doing so is a bad idea, and yet we did it anyways. Speeding puts drivers at an increased risk of experiencing a more severe accident.
Out of all of the age groups, teens are some of the most likely to speed. This is largely due to their inexperience with driving, and their excitement of finally having a bit of freedom to go where they choose. To ensure the safety of their children, parents need to make sure that their children understand how dangerous speeding can be.
An important fact to point out, is that speeding doesn’t just mean going over the legal speed limit for the road. This also refers to driving too fast in certain road conditions such as rainfall or heavy traffic. A driver needs to know when they should slow down, and that knowledge comes largely from experience. This means it is up to a parent to pass this knowledge down to their children.
While teaching your son or daughter to drive, don’t just tell them to slow down. Doing that doesn’t teach them, you need to explain to them why they should slow down. Is the road wet? Are there too many cars too close together? Explaining these different scenarios to your teen driver will help them identify when they need to slow their vehicle down, which will help keep them safe.
At the end of the day, that is all any parent wants to do. A teen getting their license is a very exciting, and nerve wracking, time. The teen just can’t wait to get out on to the road, and as their parent, you want to make sure that they’re safe. The best way to do that is by teaching them everything you know about driving, which include knowing when to slow their vehicle down.