Did you know that as a parent you have a tremendous influence on your teen’s behavior and choices? Actually, according to most teens, the parents play the greatest role of influence in their lives. Overwhelming, teens self-report in study after study that they look to their parents to help guide the decisions they make.
Drinking. Drugs. Friends. Even driving habits. Parents, you have the power to help prevent your teen’s Washington, D.C., speeding car accident.
Parents, Teens, and Driving Habits
- Talk to your teen about the dangers of speeding. Have open conversations about peer pressure, dangers of speeding, accident injuries, and other risky driving habits.
- Stress the importance of following driving laws.
- Create personal rules for your teen’s driving. Let them know boundaries and expectations, like allowable number of passengers, cell phone use, when and where your teen can drive, and any other personal family rules.
- Set and enforce consequences when driving laws and rules are violated. Involve your teen in this process.
- Help your teen identify and establish good driving habits early on when learning to drive. This promotes a lifestyle of making positive choices, both in and out of the car.
- Always set the example. Don’t speed when you drive! Remember that your teen is watching what you do, and often will model your own driving habits.
Speeding is dangerous and deadly, and is not worth the danger that it puts drivers in. As a parent, you have the power to impact your teen’s driving habits, and to encourage them to always follow driving laws.
At Lewis & Tompkins, we have proudly served victims of serious car accidents throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. area for nearly half a century, and are here to help you assert your rights after a vehicle accident. Call 202-296-0666 today to discuss your case at no charge.