1. Riding after dark
Discourage your teen from riding shotgun at night with teen drivers. Research shows a 22 percent increase in nighttime crashes involving teens during the 100 Deadliest Days.
2. Limiting passengers
Talk about the dangers of riding shotgun with groups: The crash risk doubles when teens drive with one peer passenger and triples with two or more teen passengers.
3. Avoiding new drivers
Encourage your teen not to accept rides from newly licensed drivers.
4. Calling out bad habits
Encourage them to speak up if a driver has bad habits like texting while driving or not following speed limits. It’s OK to say, “I can text the message for you so you can drive safely.”
5. Reducing distractions
Emphasize the importance of keeping distractions to a minimum, even while riding shotgun. Listening to a phone conversation can easily disrupt a driver’s attention.
6. Setting a good example
Novice teen drivers learn from watching their parents. So practice being a good passenger yourself.