Learning to drive is an exciting step toward independence for teens; for their parents, who clutch the passenger-seat armrest with every terror-filled twist and turn, it can be nerve-wracking.
Parenting and lifestyle expert Amanda Mushro appeared on KPRC 2+ to share safe driving tips for teen drivers and resources for parents She also discussed why teens need car insurance along with ways parents can save money on insurance for their young drivers.
For her insights, watch the interview in the video player at the top of the page or scroll below.
Mushro’s safe driving tips for teens:
- Don’t be reckless. Learning to drive for the first time makes teenagers high-risk drivers, which is one of the reasons why the cost of car insurance for teens is so high.
- Avoid distractions. Sadly, due to higher rates of distracted driving,15 to 20-year-olds are 33% more likely to die in crashes than the national average across all age groups.
- Scan the road. Check your surroundings by peering down intersecting streets and looking at the rearview mirror to see what other cars are doing.
- Slow down. Speeding drivers are more likely to die in fatal crashes at night than during the daytime.
- Wear the right shoes. Take the heels off and keep a pair of flats on hand to avoid the heel getting jammed into the gas or brake pedals.
For more information, visit www.autoinsurance.com/teens/.