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No driver looks forward to seeing police lights in their rear-view mirror, but it is an experience your teen must be prepared for.
Parents who have been pulled over know the feelings: anxiety, frustration and plenty more. We all like to think of ourselves as good drivers, but when we are pulled over as part of a traffic stop we are suddenly faced with the idea that we did something wrong behind the wheel.
What we must remember is that law enforcement is there to keep road users safe, and part of that includes enforcing traffic laws meant to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Every traffic stop could be different depending on the circumstances, but if your teen is nervous about getting pulled over these tips can help get them through the experience with a positive attitude.
Even as experienced drivers, parents don’t like getting pulled over any more than their teens do. But these experiences can be excellent reminders and wake up calls to keep us driving safely. Talk to your teen about the right way to handle this scenario and hopefully it will be a rare occurrence.
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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