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It’s Spring Break Season: Do You Know Where Your Teen Driver Is?

It’s Spring Break Season: Do You Know Where Your Teen Driver Is?

Your teen might have a license, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help keep your teen safe.

Many teens look forward to spring break, whether your family has plans for a trip or you’re all staying local. This popular blog was previously posted in spring 2018.

With a full week off from school, new drivers may hope to spend some of their time behind the wheel and parents should be prepared. Your teen might have a license, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help keep your teen safe.

If you are traveling with your teen – or working all week while he or she stays home from school – here are some tips and ground rules to reinforce during spring break:

  • Make sure your teen gets enough sleep, especially before driving. This is especially important if your teen plans to stay up late during spring break.
  • To this same point, set a driving curfew so your teen isn’t tempted to drive late at night, when many teen crashes occur.
  • If you are planning a road trip, mark out some routes where your teen can drive to get practice in an unfamiliar setting. Just remember you always want to be there with them in new situations, reminding them to scan the road and watch for hazards.
  • Popular vacation destinations often have more pedestrians – remind your teen to slow down and scan the road for walkers, bikers and families with small children who might dart out into the road.
  • This time of year is associated with partying; remind your teen that there is zero tolerance for drinking or drug use, whether or not he or she is behind the wheel.
  • Talk to your teen about the risks of passengers. Teen passengers can be dangerous, but younger siblings can be just as distracting. This means no giving friends rides home and no riding as a passenger with friends for at least the first 6 – 12 months of having their license.
  • Check in with your teen throughout the day and make yourself available for rides – it is always safer to pick up your teen than risk having him or her drive home fatigued or in poor conditions.

Regardless of your location, remember that while this break is meant for relaxation and fun, it is still important to keep your teen safe.

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