This is a sponsored post on behalf of Best Buy.
It's inevitable. Your little babies are going to be driving one day, and it's going to be sooner than you think. While getting a drivers license is an exciting rite-of-passage for teens, it can be a stressful period for parents – and with good reason. But teen driving doesn't have to be nerve-racking or unpleasant for you or your teen.
There are many steps you can take at home to help prepare your teen driver, even beyond enrolling your child in a driver safety course and safe driving program. Here are some valuable tips to help your teen become a safe driver, even before they get behind the wheel.
How to Help Your Teen Become a Safe Driver
Start Teaching The Rules of the Road…Now
Begin teaching your child the rules of the road even before they get behind the wheel. Talk to them about conditions you see around town when you drive to help them recognize possible hazardous situations you may encounter, such as speeding and tailgating. Don't forget to talk to them about finding positive resolutions to unsafe conditions instead of engaging in risky behavior.
Be a Good Role Model
Children learn by example and if you drive recklessly, your teenage driver may imitate you. Many teens struggle with judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions, and turning safely, among other things. Be sure to drive the way you want your child to drive when you are behind the wheel.
Lead by Example
Parents are the biggest influencers on their teen drivers, even if you think they aren't listening. Follow the same rules you set for them when behind the wheel, including no cell phones while driving, no speeding, no alcohol (and not to get in a car if the driver has used drugs or alcohol), and no driving or riding without a seat belt.
Give Them the Tools to be Prepared
Let's be honest. There's a lot to remember when you get behind the wheel, especially when you are a new, inexperienced driver, from monitoring speed and ever-changing road conditions.
Help takes some of the pressures of teen drivers with the Uniden R7 Radar Detector, which monitors speed and features a MAX speed alert parents can set before teens drive. Plus, with the voice notification system, driver's will hear an audible warning helping them maintain a safe driving speed without having to take their eyes off the road.
The complete kit features single and double suction mounts, carrying case, cigarette charger with a mute key, neoprene sleeve, a micro USB cable, and works with most vehicles.
Make the pledge to help mold your teen into a safe and capable driver to increase road safety and reduce the risk of accidents.