Make sure your kids are safe when they get their license

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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Safety tips for new teenage drivers

There is nothing quite like that first feeling of freedom that goes with getting one’s driver’s license. It’s a pretty important milestone in most young people’s lives. On the other side of the equation are parents who are not only proud but also profoundly worried – if not actually scared that their children are venturing out into the world. We also understand this apprehension as well. The team of product experts working at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom did a little research to come up with a concise list of the best safety tips for new teenage drivers. Never hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can help you with.

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Choose the right vehicle

Vehicle safety is as important to buyers as it is to manufacturers like Mazda. Driver safety experts suggest ditching outdated thinking like buying an old, cheap used car for a new driver. Modern vehicles are almost infinitely safer than older models.

Not only have automakers made vehicles better able to protect occupants in the event of an accident, but also, there are systems available with a lot of vehicles that can work to prevent collisions in the first place.

Vehicles with these features may even make you eligible for a discount on your car insurance policy.

Additionally, the class of vehicle a new driver is in control of makes a big difference. Safety experts suggest that parents and guardians avoid buying SUVs, sports cars or pickup trucks for new drivers. Bigger vehicles carry bigger risks.
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Set limits from the start

Several studies from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have shown that most fatal car accidents involving young and inexperienced drivers occur between 9 p.m. and midnight. A close second involved distracted driving. Obviously, when it comes to young drivers, texting is the primary fear. But those same IIHS studies have also shown that having other young people in the car can increase the odds of an accident. Several states already have graduated licenses for new drivers, but there is no rule that says parents can implement their own rules.

Give them an example to follow

Anyone with teenagers will understand the struggle involved with getting them to pay attention. However, they definitely pick up on habits that we set when we’re behind the wheel. If you want them to practice safe and smart driving behavior, it’s important to practice what you preach. Put your phone down. Save snacks and drinks for when you stop. Every little bit will help.

If you need a vehicle to help your new driver take advantage of their new freedom (within limits), make an appointment with a Gwatney Mazda of Germantown product expert today.

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