With so much for new drivers to concentrate on, wouldn’t it be nice to have a safe driving checklist for teens?
I mean, how exciting is it now that your teen can drive? No more mom taxi anymore! Oh, wait, but it can also be terrifying to think of your new teenage driver out on the roads, too. Thousands of ‘what ifs’ flood your mind…
You might immediately think of your teen’s safety and of other people involved. Shortly thereafter, your next thoughts could be of potential vehicle damage or auto insurance coverage.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a Safe Driving Checklist for Teens so you’ll have something to reference in this potentially exciting, yet stressful time. Print this checklist out in advance and have it handy for your teenage driver to follow for a safer driving experience.
Most controls are pretty standard on cars, like turning on lights, signals, wipers, etc., but it helps to know where things are before you start driving. Be sure to locate the following controls on your car first:
Now I know that #9 ‘Radio’ might seem out of place, but a lot of accidents are caused by new drivers fiddling with the radio. New teens are very dependent on their music and it’s just part of the experience. Make sure music isn’t too loud or distracting, though.
The next steps are critical for your teen’s safety while driving a car. Many drivers fail to make these adjustments before they drive away, then cause accidents trying to do them during transit:
I’ve found often to be the case that people confuse the trunk or gas tank door lever for the hood or vice versa. There is a safety catch for most hoods to prevent accidental opening during car operation, but let’s not risk it, hmm?
There are many tips and tricks on how to help your teen drive safely and correctly, but we’re just focusing on the checklist of things to watch out for:
Ok, well there are many more things to watch out for when driving, but here is a further checklist for teens to help with safe driving:
This Safe Driving Checklist for Teens doesn’t cover everything, but it should help you and your teen feel more confident in their chances for driving success. It’s also a great idea to review your auto insurance policy with your independent insurance agent and your teen so they know exactly what to do after an accident and understand how important safe driving is. Review costs and consequences.
Above all else, breathe and stay calm. You were in your teen’s shoes once, too! Good luck!