As a parent or adult responsible for kids, one of the most important responsibilities you have is to set a good example for children. This includes demonstrating safe and lawful behavior while driving. Children are always watching and observing, and they are likely to mimic your driving habits as well. If you want your kids to become safe and responsible drivers, you need to lead by example.
Here are some tips on how to set a good example for your kids while driving.
Follow the Rules of the Road
It’s important to follow traffic rules to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. This means obeying speed limits, stopping at red lights and stop signs, using turn signals, and wearing a seatbelt every time you get in the car.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,000 people lost their lives due to distracted driving in 2020. Avoid using your phone while driving. Instead, wait until you’ve arrived at your destination to check your messages or make a call.
You should also avoid other distractions that take your attention from the road, such as eating, applying makeup, or changing the stereo. And one of the best examples you can set while driving is to park your phone, so kids know it’s never ok to have a phone out when the car is running.
Practice Defensive Driving
Defensive driving is a technique that helps you anticipate and avoid potential hazards on the road. Teach your kids how to be aware of their surroundings and how to react to sudden changes in traffic. Here are some tips on practicing defensive driving from DefensiveDriving.Org: https://www.defensivedriving.org/dmv-handbook/defensive-driving-techniques/
Road rage is a serious problem. Set a good example for your kids by avoiding it. According to The Zebra, an insurance comparison website, 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. Teach children to be patient and to show respect for other drivers, even if they make mistakes, by setting that example with your own driving. For more information on aggressive driving, check out this brochure from AAA.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Regular maintenance of your vehicle ensures its safety. Teach your kids the importance of regularly checking the tires, brakes, lights, oil, wiper fluid, and other important parts of the vehicle. Explain why it’s necessary to keep the vehicle in good condition and how it can help prevent accidents. If you need to brush up on your car maintenance knowledge, read this article from Kelley Blue Book.