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For new teen drivers, properly parallel parking is one of the most difficult and intimidating skills to master (and one of the hardest to pronounce).
Street parking can also be one of the most frustrating things to teach and once your teen learns to park, the lesson isn’t over. There’s another habit your teen needs to know to keep bicyclists, pedestrians and themselves safe. It’s called the far hand reach and though it’s deceptively simple, it can be a lifesaver.
Picture this: Your teen parks on a busy street, turns off the vehicle and opens the door.
A bicyclist crashes straight into your teen’s open door, suffering serious injuries. Unlikely as this may seem, it’s a real risk. Thankfully, the far hand reach can prevent this danger and help your teen safely share the road, even after parking. Here’s how you can teach it in four easy steps.
‘Doorings’ and similar dangers can pop up at any moment, but expecting them and having a plan can help avoid this risk. Use a ribbon or other reminder on the door handle to help your teen remember the far hand reach and practice it yourself, as well, to set the example!
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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