How to ensure your teenagers are safe when they get their drivers’ license
Your teenager has just received their much-anticipated drivers’ license. With this new-found freedom, comes responsibility. Safety awareness is no doubt one of your major concerns. Here are a few important things to teach your teen about responsible driving.
- Don’t get behind the wheel if you are tired or under the influence of alcohol
Ensure that your teen understands the consequences of drinking and driving. Driving under the influence is one of the biggest threats to South Africa’s roads.
Driving when tired can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Teach your teen to know when to call for help.
- Driving alone or late at night
Driving alone means that your teen needs to pay extra attention to the road and be more vigilant, especially at night. Make sure that your teen knows which routes to take to get home safely, avoiding crime hotspots.
Teach your teen the importance of pre-inspection checks before the head off.
- Distractions while driving
There are many driver distractions which cause a large percentage of accidents and deaths on our roads. It’s important for your teen to get into the habit of not using their cell phone whilst driving, keeping the music down and focusing on the road.
- Emergency numbers
Make sure your family members have the relevant emergency numbers saved on their phone, such as the police, ambulance services and tow truck services.
It is also important for parents to be good role models. One of the best ways for your child to learn, is by being a responsible driver yourself. Be courteous to other drivers, try to keep the road rage to a minimum and avoid distracted driving.
Cartrack offers Fleet Management products which allows you to track your vehicle from your phone. For parents of new drivers, this options offers piece of mind knowing your child’s driving behaviour and location.