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Giving Your Teenager the Independence to Drive

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Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. ~ George Washington Carver

Letting your teen drive their first car is a big step. Letting go of the leashes and allowing your teen to go out on their own is not always easy. The 4th of July is just around the corner, so why not celebrate Independence Day by giving your teen the liberty to drive your beloved Mazda. Are the statistics of teen driving fatalities getting to your head? There’s no shame in worrying for your teen; but, don’t let fear get in the way of the inevitable. If your teen is going to drive at some point, it might as well be under your supervision. Give your teen the power to drive responsibly and share some safe driving tips with him or her. We’ve compiled a list of new teen-driver do’s and don’ts to help you get started.

Safe Driving Tips for Teens

Do Avoid Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents involving teen drivers. Although texting and driving is a main factor, it’s not the only form of distracted driving. Distractions such as reading maps or using the navigation system while driving distract your concentration on the road. When traveling at speeds of 55mph, your car can travel about 403 feet in 5 seconds. If five seconds is the average amount of time your teen’s eyes are off the road while texting, the risk of crashing is increased by three times.

Don’t Go Over the Speed Limit

To prevent your teen from exploiting their new freedom, talk to them about the dangers of speeding. Speeding is the cause of more than half of reported fatal crashes involving teen drivers. Many of these crashes occur on regular street roads rather than busy interstate highways. Encourage your teen to pay attention to road signs and speed limits. One way to do this is by riding shotgun for a couple of weeks to observe your teens driving habits. While you’re at it, take this time as an opportunity to offer constructive criticism to lead your teen in the right direction.

Do Drive With Caution

Most parents worry that their teens never listen to them. On the contrary, when it comes to driving you should worry that your teen is watching your habits. Setting a good example is a lifelong task. Keep your cool behind the wheel of your Mazda and encourage your teen to do the same. Did you know? Aggressive driving accounts for about 56% of fatal crashes? Discouraging your teen from racing and tailgating other drivers at an early stage will pay off in the long run. When driving with your teen, intentionally give other drivers way in order to set a good example.

Summertime is fun-time for many teens. Give your teen one summer they’ll never forget by giving them the independence to drive. With these do’s and don’ts your teen will have the necessary tools to drive safely.

Visit Champion Mazda for the best selection of new Mazda models and used cars for teen drivers. We offer a wide range of new and used cars at our dealership located at 765 Carlisle Street Hanover, PA 17331. View our online inventory and give us a call at 888-496-8223 to schedule a test drive.

Source: http://www.teendriversource.org/

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