1. No Drinking and Driving: Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age.
2. Have the right tools and skills to fix a flat: Few things are worse than being stranded on the road with a flat tire – especially with the colder temperatures just around the corner. Train your teen on the basics of swapping a tire and ensure they have the tools necessary to change one.
3. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back: Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it’s important to buckle up on every trip, no matter how far or how fast.
4. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All: Remind your teen about the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road. It’s equally important to model safe driving habits for your teen—you shouldn’t text and drive either.
5. Know Thy Dashboard: For many teenagers, the symbols on their vehicles dashboard can be like a foreign language. Making sure they know what each symbol means will prepare them to act accordingly, should one of those lights come on. This handy infographic runs through most of the common dashboard symbols and their meanings.