Nothing has terrified me more as a parent than teaching my teen to drive. It’s not that she isn’t a capable, smart kid that can be a good driver; it’s because of the behavior I see from other drivers around us. Maybe it’s more common where I live, but I see someone run a red light nearly every day when I’m out running errands.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are the leading cause of death for 16 to 19 year olds. Teens are three times as likely to have a fatal crash as people over 20, but most accidents can be prevented entirely. The statistics are scary, but since I can’t keep my kids in a bubble, I’ll focus on the prevention aspect so they can learn to be safe drivers and hopefully stay safe on the road.
I think one of the most important lessons when teaching a teen to drive is defensive driving. Being aware of their surroundings and knowing how to drive defensively may save their life.