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Parents of teenagers can usually agree on one thing: teenagers can be unpredictable. And this unpredictability definitely carries over into their driving habits.
Helping Your Teenager Avoid Aggressive Driving Behaviors Parents of teenagers can usually agree on one thing: teenagers can be unpredictable. And this unpredictability definitely carries over into their driving habits. If you buy your auto insurance in Omaha and you are insuring a teenage driver, you will most likely have to pay more for your insurance. The reason for this is that statistics show that teenagers on average get into more car accidents than any other demographic. While you may think that your teenager would never get into an accident, the statistics don’t lie. Here are a few things you can teach your teenager so that they will be safe on the road. The most important thing you can teach your child is to not be an aggressive driver. There are many ways to avoid aggressive driving. Don’t Stay in the Passing Lane One way to avoid aggressive driving is to avoid staying in the passing lane on the freeway. Usually, the far left lane is the passing lane on a freeway. This means that people use this lane to pass other people who are going slower than they are. Many people use this as a regular lane, however, which upsets the usage of it as a passing lane. If you stay in the passing lane for a long time, you are more likely to see aggressive driving. Another great piece of advice is to avoid tailgating other cars. Avoid Tailgating Sometimes it is quite frustrating when the car in front of you is going slower than you would like them to. But tailgating them is not an appropriate way to respond to your frustration. If someone is tailgating you, the best thing you can do is slow down, pull over, and let them pass you. It is not worth getting into an accident over tailgating. If you do not know if you are tailgating or not, try to allow 3 seconds of time between your car and the car ahead of you. If you do not know how to measure 3 seconds, just focus on an object on the side of the road. When the car in front of you passes the object, wait for 3 seconds. When the 3 seconds is up, you should be passing that object. You may not need to measure the 3 seconds this precisely, but it is just a good rule of thumb to remember. If someone curses at you or makes a rude gesture while you are driving, try your hardest not to respond to it. Don’t Respond to Road Rage Responding to cursing and rude gestures only spawns more anger, aggression, and frustration. Help your teenage driver to see that feeling angry while you are driving is not a good thing. People who feel angry while they’re driving are more likely to get into an accident. Although you may have reliable auto insurance in Omaha, you still need to practice safe driving habits so that you can increase your chances of staying safe on the roads. No one wants to come home and find out that their child has been in a car accident. Act now by teaching your children about how to avoid aggressive driving. Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan, Saranaught
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