There are many reasons why teen drivers have the highest record of accidents on roadways in the country. Part of it is simply inexperience. However, according to the Daily Advertiser, in Louisiana, one of the main reasons for teen driving issues is due to parents not ensuring their children drive safe and follow all the laws.
Researchers found that many parents do not enforce the rules in the Graduated Driver’s License program. For example, if you let your teen drive at night, you are allowing him or her to break a rule. Often, one of the best ways to keep your teen safe behind the wheel is to encourage following laws and not breaking rules.
Of course, you are not solely to blame. Teens also need to practice responsible behavior. Often accidents involving teens are due to them not using good judgment. They drink and drive or use their cell phones when driving. While you probably have little control over them doing these things and probably do not condone it, again, this goes back to following the law.
One of the best things you can do as a parent of a teen driver is to know and enforce the law. Do not allow them to break even the smallest of rules or they may begin to think it is okay. Lead by example, too. If they see you ignoring laws, such as speed limits, they are more likely to do so themselves. This information is for education and is not legal advice.