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When teaching your teen to drive you’re going to find yourself in the passenger seat much more often. Instead of just sitting there (and repeatedly stepping on an invisible brake pedal), you can teach your teen a valuable lesson: how to be a safe passenger in the car.
Though your kids grow up as passengers, they may not have given much thought to how their actions affect the driver. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to point out how a passenger can cause or eliminate extra distractions in the car.
An easy way to teach this lesson is to explain that passengers have certain ‘rights’ they can use to stay safe and it’s important for your teen to learn them. Here are four ‘passenger rights’ your teen should know and how you can set this example.
Everyone on the road, no matter what seat they’re in, has the right to stay safe. Teach your teen to avoid distractions as a driver and to help spot them as a passenger. The more you practice, the more they’ll get the message. Visit nsc.org/JustDrive to learn more.
DriveitHOME™ is an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers.
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