Kids grow up way to fast. I was looking at the Facebook memories the other day and saw it was a year ago on December 1st that Joey got his license. I was very thankful we had a mild winter last year. I would have been so worried with him driving around in the winter weather with a brand new license. That isn’t going to help me this year though. 2 weeks ago, we dropped Joey off at school… in upstate New York… almost 3 hours away… where there is a lot of snow, and ice, and sleet, ans slippery roads. It is enough to make a mother crazy. Since winter is here, no matter where your teen is driving, Junction Auto Chrysler Dodge Jeep wants to make sure your teens are driving safe.
Accidents Happen: Know your limits. Teens always think they are invincible, but they are still subject to all the same errors and mistakes as anyone when driving in the winter weather. If they must go out in bad weather, offer to drive them. Also, keep the amount of people in the car to a minimum to limit distractions.
Keep the car updated and maintained: Most teens have older model cars or a hand me down car. As cars get older, they experience more break down issues. Remind your child to take the car in for routine servicing, or schedule it yourself. Before driving in bad weather, have things like the tires, brakes and hoses checked.
Watch the weather: No one should be driving in bad weather if it can be avoided, especially teens. They do not have the skills or experience to know how to compensate, and it causes issues for other drivers. If your children must go out in storms, let them know they should stay over at a friend’s home if it gets too late, or come to get them. Bad weather isn’t worth it.
Driving Defensive: Instill good defensive driving habits in young drivers so that they can be more prepared for all weather. Remind them to slow down in bad weather and to avoid slamming on the breaks or tailgating. Remind them that it is much harder to slow down on wet, icy roads.
Winter weather is scary for most people, and even worse for teens. Make sure they are prepared when they start driving in the winter wet weather by themselves.