Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

5 Things You Should Know: School Transportation Safety


#5 - Teen Driving

There's nothing like the terror of watching a teen take off solo behind the wheel of a car for the first time. Of course -- they know every last thing there is to know about driving, but chances are good they'll revise that early high opinion of themselves when they look back in a few years.

That being said, there are a couple of pointers you can try to drive home if your teenager's in a listening sort of mood. Above all, a seatbelt is paramount. Equivalent to wearing a helmet while biking, it is key to impress on them the importance of wearing their seatbelt at all times.

Another teenage foible is the tendency to text, eat, talk on the phone, apply make-up, etc. etc. while they're driving. We might all be guilty of this from time to time, but teens should be encouraged not to indulge in bad habits. Another big no-no is speeding. It really doesn't make that big of a difference in terms of time saved, especially compared to the huge difference it makes in terms of impact speeds.


More to Explore