Aug 28 2017

Kirmac – Back To School: Is Your Child A Safe Driver?

Teen Safe DrivingThe summer months are coming to an end it is time to begin to reflect on the changes to come in the upcoming school year. As parents begin to check things off of their checklists such as back to school shopping and packing lunches there is another important thing to consider. Is your child a safe driver? As they go back to the routine of driving to school and piling their friends into their cars – we recommend you review these safe driving tips.

The Importance of Defensive Driving

If you have ever taken a driving course then chances are that you have heard the term “defensive driving” many times. Regardless of how confident your child may be as a driver it is important they are aware of how to avoid accidents by being a defensive driver:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Anticipate obstacles
  • Minimize distractions
  • Maintain a safe following distance

Routinely following these tips will help your child avoid accidents and stay safe while on the road.

No Texting & Driving

The Insurance Bureau of British Columbia (ICBC) reports an average of 300,000 collisions in British Columbia every year. This leads to 57,000 injuries and where there were fatatlies, 30% of the collisions were caused by distracted driving. It is important to note that while texting and driving is extremely dangerous it is cell phone use in general that leads to these statistics. Stress the risk of using phones while driving with your children. A simple tip is to leaving the phone in the back seat while driving so that you are not tempted to answer the phone or read a text. If they must use the phone, pulling over and shutting off the vehicle is the best option.

Driving With Friends

Did you know that two or more peers in the car triples the chance of a fatal crash when teens are at the wheel? It is important to speak with your children about avoiding distractions while in the car. While teens are likely to carpool for convenience it is important they know how to stay focused and drive safely.

ICBC’s graduated licensing program with restrictions on number of passengers a novice driver may have in the vehicle, is designed to keep teens safe on our roads.

In Case Of an Accident

We encourage you to have your children read our full blog on defensive driving for more detail on how to stay safe in the car. Should your child experience an auto accident, we have another blog post on what to do in that scenario. For any auto body or auto glass damage you can contact us at any of our 17 locations!