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Starting Your Teen Driver Off on the Right Foot


drivingThe school has started in Central Florida again, and many teens are driving themselves to school for the first time this year. If your child is one of them, you want to ensure their safety by speaking with an insurance agency in Lakeland, FL.


Studies show vehicular fatalities are the leading cause of death for US teens. What can you do to make sure your child is not another statistic? First, make sure they are entirely prepared for the roadways. Safe-driving courses can be an excellent investment (and they can lead to car insurance discounts, a bonus!). Sitting down and discussing limitations with your child is also a good idea. While they may legally be allowed to drive at any time or with any amount of people in the car, you may want to set limits (such as no driving after dark or no driving with more than two passengers) until they are more familiar with navigating the roadways.


Making sure they understand the basic rules of the road as well.


While these are all tips that are gone over during safe driving courses and before they receive their license, it is essential to remind them:

  • Do not speed – the faster your teen drives, the harder it is for them to react to dangers around them, increasing the likelihood of an accident.
  • Always pay attention to the road – Not only should they keep their eyes on the road ahead of them, but checking their rearview and side mirrors is essential too, and distractions like changing a song on an iPod should also be avoided.
  • Do not tailgate – along with not speeding, keeping a respectable distance between their car and the car in front of them will allow them more reaction time.
  • Use turn signals – if a teen is not correctly using their turn signals, the cars around them may not realize they are about to turn, and a rear-end collision could occur.

Accidents can still happen even with rules in place, safe driving courses aced, and basic rules drilled in their minds. Because of this, having Lakeland car insurance for your teens is vital. To receive a free quote for auto insurance, contact Lock Insurance today at 877-709-8101.


Don Westerfeld 9/20/2013 12:24:00 PM

About the Author Don

Don Westerfeld has been active in the field of Insurance and Financial Planning since 1997. Don grew up in Indiana later moving to Lakeland Florida where he continues to reside with his wife and children. When he’s not in the office you can find him enjoying the great outdoors. He has served on several charitable business and non-profit organizations and continues to provide guidance, advice and support to local charities.