What Can Parents Do To Reduce the Pressure Teens Feel When Driving?
Parents must support local and state officials. Some states, parents, and teens agree that young drivers have no passengers for the first six months and no music for the first six months. Cell phones must be reserved for emergency calls or use at home only. Many parents make time to devote over 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experiences with their teen driver…some well over 75 hours!
Already, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has specific age-related requirements. Underage drivers have a curfew and cannot be on the road between the hours of midnight and 4:00 a.m. Additionally, student drivers cannot have more than 10 unexcused absences from school during the year. However, some researchers, political leaders, and educators think this is not enough. This is because being behind the wheel of a vehicle can give teenagers a false sense of security. With efficient and powerful engines, it is easy to lose track of how fast the vehicle is actually moving. Some teenagers also feel that whatever might happen on the road, will surely not happen to them. They often engage in dangerous behaviors then, sometimes resulting in injury or death.