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Parents can help prevent teen distracted driving

As the parent of a teen, you know there will come a time when he or she receives a driver's license. As proud as you may be, there is no denying the fact that you will also have some concerns. Will your teen follow the rules of the road? Will he or she know what to do in the event of an emergency?

There are many things you can do to help prevent teen distracted driving, including the following:

  • Talk to your teen: Tell your teen that distracted driving is dangerous, and explain to him or her that it is avoidable.
  • Share a list of common distractions: Your teen may not fully realize all of the most common distractions, which include talking on the phone, texting, listening to the radio and conversing with passengers.
  • Ride along for a time: You can't do this forever, but there's nothing wrong with riding along with your teen for the first few weeks or months that he or she has a driver's license. This gives you the opportunity to provide feedback, while also ensuring that your child doesn't fall prey to any distractions.

Even when parents teach their teens how to prevent distracted driving, it's still possible they could be part of an accident. For example, another driver could act in a negligent manner, thus putting your teen in a difficult situation.

It's also up to you to teach your teen what to do after a car accident. Once they receive medical attention, contact your insurance company for guidance. Also, learn more about the steps you can take to hold the negligent driver responsible.

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