Driving lesson

Rules for teaching teenagers to drive at night

Being a teenager can be complicated. They try to navigate this world while coping with a rapidly changing body and mind. They try to find themselves in this world, and who they are as their own person. It can be incredibly difficult.

Part of finding who they are is gaining some independence, and that seems to come when a teenager learns to drive. It’s a great rite of passage in teenage life, and it may be their first taste of true freedom. The ability to leave and go almost anywhere they want can be exciting.

However, it can also be a little scary for mom and dad, who now have a new thing to worry about. They may worry about their teen driving, especially at night. Even if their child has taken lessons and shown to be a responsible driver, it can still be concerning. That’s why we have 10 rules parents should teach their kids about night driving.

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ten Light liability

A car’s lights are essential at night, and their proper use can prevent accidents and collisions. According to NSC, it’s important for your teen to remember not only to use their lights, but that they use them correctly. That they practice switching from low beam to high beam and know when to use them.

9 Tiredness

Driving at night carries a significant risk, namely that people are generally more tired at night than during the day. According to Smiley Injury Law, your teen should never drive if they’re overtired. Their reaction time will be slower and there is always the risk that they will fall asleep at the wheel.

8 Seat belt still applies

There may be something casual to drive at night, so you may need to remind your teen that he should always wear his seatbelt. According to Safer America, this also applies at night, even if they think there aren’t as many cars on the road, or police, this is still rule number one.

seven Always register

Even if a teenager is not driving, they are starting to go out more at night and it is important to register. When your teenager takes the car at night, make sure they text you when they get to their destination and before they get home. This way you will always know they are safe and if too much time has passed you will know to be a little careful.

6 Watch for others

As it is dark, it is always more difficult to see what is happening around you. This does not only apply to other cars, but also to pedestrians and cyclists. Making sure your teen is always aware of people going out at night can prevent an accident. Your teenager should never assume that no one will go out for a walk since it is dark.

5 nothing to drink

While the legal drinking age is 21, most parents aren’t oblivious to the fact that their teen has probably had a drink, or two. Although you may not want to admit it, you need to make sure your teen knows not to drive while intoxicated, not even a drop of alcohol. If they find themselves in a situation, you want them to know that they need to call you and that you won’t be mad at them for it.

4 Annual eye exams

While an eye exam is likely to be part of the process of getting their driver’s license, it’s important that they make sure to keep getting them checked. It should even be a yearly thing to make sure their vision is healthy. Healthy vision is vital for night driving.

3 They can call you

Although this should already be known, it’s a good idea to remind them that they can always call you if they’re in trouble. If they get too tired to drive, break down on the side of the road, start to feel bad, or something else happens. Even if they’re worried about waking you up, make sure they know you don’t care as long as they’re safe.

2 Always check the lights

We discussed earlier the importance of making sure you are using your lights and using them correctly. However, a teenager should get into the habit of checking them before getting in the car at night. A quick double check to make sure one hasn’t burned will be a big help.

1 Anyone can use a reminder

Although he shouldn’t be doing it at any time of the day, you want to remind your teen that he should never be on his phone while driving. It’s a rule you can’t forget. Best case scenario is they get arrested, worst case scenario is someone gets hurt. Teenagers love their phone, but if the call is so important, they have to stop safely.

Sources: NSC, Smiley Injury Act, Safer America