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Preparing Your Teen Driver: Are They Ready to Hit the Road?

Teen Driver Tips

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As your teen approaches the legal driving age you might want to know how to prep your teen driver for this huge responsibility. Studies show car crashes are more common for younger drivers between the ages of 16 to 24. The first six months after getting their license is the most dangerous time for young drivers, but their crash risk remains 3 times higher than adults until they reach the age of 25. To help reduce your teen’s chance of accidents teach them safe driving practices from the start. Here are some helpful tips from us here at Irvine Auto Center, located near Santa Ana, CA:

Practice Makes Perfect

The best thing you can do to help prepare your teen for driving is to practice with them as much as possible. The more hours they get supervised behind the wheel the better. Supervised practice instills safe driving practices. Vary the places they drive to give them the most exposure to driving conditions.

Set an Example of Good Driving

if you want your teen to be a safe driver you need to show them how to be a safe driver. Teens learn things by example and driving is no different. Follow the safe driving rules you want your teen to follow. If you don’t want them doing something specific behind the wheel, such as texting and driving, don’t do those things when they are in the car with you.

Introduce New Privileges Slowly

Once they get their license, your teen might beg you to drive all the time. No matter how much they beg, you should introduce new driving opportunities slowly. This will help them to see driving as a privilege, not a right, and will help them to use their driving time wisely and safely.

Test drive new vehicles in Irvine, CA

Once you are both ready the only thing left before they hit the road is finding them a safe, reliable car. At Irvine Auto Center, you and your teen can find the safest new and used cars in Irvine, CA. We have a great selection to choose from, including vehicles from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Mazda, Nissan, Ram, and Volkswagen- stop by today to learn more!


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