Teens with Tough Parents Less Likely to Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol

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Teenagers, whose parents set down strict rules about driving safely, are 71% less likely to drive under the influence of alcohol.

Teenagers, whose parents set down strict rules about driving safely, are 71% less likely to drive under the influence of alcohol. That information comes from a new report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week which was marked in October this year.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, parental involvement is the single biggest factor that can help reduce the risk of teen-related car accidents. That does not mean that strong parental involvement alone can be sufficient to help reduce these accident risks. After all, there are a number of other factors that contribute to the high accident risk for this category of motorists. However, the data does indicate that the foundation for good driving practices is laid right at home.

If you are a parent who wants to ensure that your teenager has an accident-free journey towards a full license, here are a few rules.

Establish a parent-child driving contract. Establish your expectations for your teen’s driving behaviors in the contract, and set out penalties if your rules are violated.

Make sure that you are aware of California’s graduated driver licensing program, especially the restrictions on nighttime driving and driving with teenage passengers. Driving at night increases the risks of an accident, and so does driving with teenage passengers in the car. Make sure that your teenager obeys these rules.

Don’t skip driving together with your teenager once the supervised hours of driving are up. Grab opportunities to drive frequently with your child, so he can benefit from your driving experience.

Set down strict rules about driving under the influence of alcohol and distracted driving. In fact, there are technologies that are available to help you block your teenager’s ability to use the cell phone while the car is in operation. Look into these gadgets and apps.

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