Safe Driving: Have You Taught Your Teen Bad Driving Habits?

Safe Driving: Have You Taught Your Teen Bad Driving Habits?

sepia-portrait-1282098-mOver the years, as your child has grown increasingly independent, you have likely felt free to have a drink or two with friends while the kids play. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose and having a little fun, but what is dangerous is picking up the car keys after partaking of alcoholic beverages. Even the short jaunt from a friend’s house to your St. Petersburg home can have devastating consequences if alcohol is slowing your reaction time or impacting your ability to concentrate. Making it home safely cannot be considered a victory, experts say, because your decisions can leave a lasting impact on your child, leading to poor decision-making in their teenage years.

In a report by Live Science, it was stated that teens who had ridden with an intoxicated driver at some point during their childhood were 21 times more likely to copy the offense. This tendency to belittle the importance of being sober behind the wheel can also occur if teens are riding with friends who have been drinking.

It is very important as a parent to set good examples when driving. This should start at a very early age, as kids will remember the things that you do for years afterward. It is also important to carefully assess who your child is riding with. Remember, you are not the only role model in your kids’ lives. Other family members, your friends, their friends, and parents of their friends can also be teaching bad driving habits. Do your best to alleviate this risk by limiting who your child is allowed to ride with.

Bad driving habits are not limited to driving under the influence. As we have seen in the media in recent years, driving while distracted is becoming an equally serious matter. The invention of smartphones has made day-to-day life in Saint Petersburg more efficient, but it has also made the roads more dangerous.

Drivers with smartphones are prone to respond to the beeps, clicks, and rings that happen while they are behind the wheel. If you, as a parent, are answering text messages, responding to work emails, or carrying on long conversations from the driver’s seat, then you are, in essence, suggesting that it is safe for your teen to do the same. If you want to feel more secure when your child backs your car out of your St. Petersburg driveway, then be sure you are setting the right example today.

If you want to have a couple of drinks before heading home, ask someone who hasn’t been drinking to give you a ride home. Not only will this reduce the risk of you getting in an accident or being pulled over for DUI, it will also teach your children that asking for a ride doesn’t have to be embarrassing or uncomfortable. And, if you can’t seem to leave your phone alone while behind the wheel, turn it off, place it in the backseat and out of reach, or let your child hold onto it until you arrive at your destination.

After all, when you have a child, you have very precious cargo. Do everything you can to keep him/her safe! If someone else endangers your loved ones, or causes them harm, then speak to a personal injury attorney. You may have the right to compensation to cover the cost of medical bills and other associated expenses.