The Right Passage for Teen Driving

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Safe driving is usually not in the forefront of a teen’s mind, but for parents it can be a big worry. Many parents often overlook the need to have honest discussions with their teens about safe driving and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

Safe driving is usually not in the forefront of a teen’s mind, but for parents it can be a big worry. Many parents often overlook the need to have honest discussions with their teens about safe driving and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

“Getting behind the wheel is an important responsibility at any age and Foremost wants all drivers to be as safe as possible,” says Eric Kappler, assistant vice president of auto product management. “Leading by example is a great opportunity for parents to show their teen safe driving techniques.”

Foremost Insurance Group offers this honest and teen-friendly guide to sharing concerns with your teen for one of the most important responsibilities of their adolescent career.

  •     Have a good time. Explain to your teen that you want them to have fun and enjoy themselves. Just don’t drink. Years from now, they will laugh when looking back on their school days, but not if they don’t remember them.
  •     Relate it to your past. Explain to them what you did right or wrong and what the consequences were. Don’t be afraid to tell them the truth if you made some bad judgment calls. This can only help them to feel that you are human and that you regret those decisions and don’t want them to make the same.
  •     Remind them of their future. High school is a great time, but they have their whole future ahead of them. Remind them that it is important to look ahead and make good decisions.
  •     Immature vs. mature. Your teen may think that drinking or doing drugs and driving is what the grown up thing is to do. Explain to them that is the most immature and irresponsible decision they could make. Being mature is about making the right decision and keeping your future in your sight. As a parent, your responsibility is to lead by example. Parents should follow the same rules they set for their teen.
  •     Drive safe! Make sure that they understand the responsibility of getting behind the wheel. Share these six tips with your teen:

1.    Wear seatbelts.
2.    Don’t speed.
3.    Be a defensive driver. Not everyone on the road is going to be as safe as you, watch out for other unsafe drivers.
4.    Don’t drive while impaired or ride with anyone that is impaired. This clouds judgment for driving and could potentially end in a fatality. If you do make a mistake, or find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, call your parents immediately. They will respect you for being mature enough to see the danger and making the right call.
5.    Pay attention to the road while driving. Don’t get distracted by cell phones, radio, or passengers. Driving is a very important responsibility and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The way your teen learns to drive today is how they will drive tomorrow. Remind them that driving is a privilege—not to be taken lightly or for granted. Getting behind the wheel can be a great rite of passage…just make sure it’s the right passage they are driving down.
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A part of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, Foremost Insurance Group ("Foremost") has been a leader in personal lines insurance since 1952. Foremost is headquartered in Caledonia, Michigan. Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For information about Farmers, visit http://www.Farmers.com.

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Renee Kolzow
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