Most parents dread the day that their children start asking for the car keys. Indeed, there will be a day when you need to pass over the keys. Luckily, you can also pass along information that will protect your young drivers from themselves and other drivers.

Know your vehicle (inside and out)

Before your driver starts navigating the highway, they need to know the basics of the car, including turning on high beam headlights or adjusting the steering wheel. Luckily, you can discuss all the functions inside the vehicle, such as:

  • The use of turn signals;
  • Adjusting the seat and wheel;
  • Dashboard controls;
  • Gas, brakes and wipers;
  • Airbags and warning indicators.

Walk around the car with your child and show them what a properly inflated tire should look like, and teach them how to gauge the pressure and fill the tire, as needed.  Have them sit inside the vehicle, and have them become familiar with the relative size of the blind spots by walking alongside the vehicle.  Give them the opportunity to adjust their mirrors, the driver’s seat and the wheel position.  Taking the time to walk through these simple steps will go a long way to making your son or daughter feel comfortable, easing their anxiety about the driving experience.

Start slow and work your way up

Some teens want to hit the gas pedal as soon as they pull out of the driveway. However, it’s crucial to let your young driver know that it’s critical to start slow. Driving too fast too soon will result in a failure to learn the basics, which could present problems down the road.

Therefore, you should start in low-speed areas, so your child can practice turning, changing lanes and merging into traffic in a safer environment. A good place to start may be in a local parking lot.

Learn the basics of distracted driving

Once your teenager is driving with confidence, you will need to go through advanced driving techniques, especially distracted driving. You do not want your driver to be easily distracted on the road, whether it’s their friends, their phone or other drivers.

Tell your kid that they need to turn off their phones while driving. It may be advisable to impose a restriction on how many people they have in the car.

Unfortunately, sometimes, young drivers find themselves in an accident even after all precautions have been taken.  These accidents often result in liability for the driver or the owners of the vehicle stemming from damage to property or physical injury.  If, despite all precautions, you or your teenager is involved in an automobile accident, contact attorney Hubert X. Gilroy or George B. Faller, Jr.  At Martson Law Offices, we have represented those who are injured as well as defendants who may be responsible, giving us a comprehensive perspective to fight for your best interests here in Pennsylvania.