May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month: Safe Driving Tips for Teens and Parents

CURE Auto Insurance is offering safe driving tips for parents and teens in honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month. As you know, safe driving is not only important for everyone’s safety on the road, it is a determining factor in how much you’re charged for your auto insurance.

Because safety is king, CURE Auto Insurance is providing great tips to consider before you or your teen hits the road again.

Safe Driving Tips for Teens

Here is a short list of safe driving tips offered by CURE Auto Insurance:

  1. Put your phone away: Because texting and driving is a serious cause of fatal accidents, CURE recommends putting the phone away until you reach your destination.  If you simply must send the text right away, either pull over to the side of the road or ask a passenger in your car to do the texting for you.
  2. Don’t allow too many friends in your car: Another tip that could help lower auto insurance rates and injury rates is only allowing two friends in the car at a time. This helps to reduce the incidences of distracted driving.
  3. Don’t drink and drive: Teenagers have a bad reputation for drinking and driving, especially on prom and graduation night. To avoid obvious problems, don’t drink and drive … ever.
  4. Wear your seat belt: Another obvious safety tip, but one that needs to be mentioned regularly, is to wear your seat belt at all times to reduce the impact of a crash.
  5. Know your car: It’s important to learn how to properly care for your car. This includes checking your oil and making sure your wiper blades work. This could reduce your chances of causing an accident in your car.

Safe Driving Tips for Parents

As an adult, it’s important that you provide the right example for your kids by driving safely and keeping your auto insurance in good standing. Here are some tips offered by CURE to do just that:

  • Let your teens practice: During the time that your teen has his or her permit, it’s important to allow them to practice under your supervision as much as possible to offer guidance and encourage them to drive safely.
  • Know your teen: It’s important to recognize if your teen is not emotionally mature enough to drive yet. If this is the case, stick to your guns and wait until the time is right to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Be patient with your teen: Just as you had to learn at your own pace, your teens will need time to wire their brains for driving. So allow them to make mistakes but also encourage them and know they will improve with time and practice.
  • Set guidelines: Create guidelines for your teen to make sure that they not only know how to drive responsibly, but want to.
  • Lead by example: If you follow the rules of the road, your teen is likely to do the same. So lead by good example and be surprised by how well your teen will do!

With all of the technology making it easier than ever to be distracted, it’s important that you enforce how important it is to drive safely at all times. This way, you don’t have to worry about your child’s safety when you’re not around, or your auto insurance rates increasing unexpectedly.