Do you know if your teenager takes unnecessary risks in their car, or your car?
Lots of young people take risks because they feel they have the 'invincible bug', yet we all know they're not. Every year almost 1200 young drivers die on the road, don't let your son or daughter be one of them.
Road collisions are the biggest killer of 15-24 year olds over any other cause. One in three new driver's crash within the first two years of passing their test. Do you know your child's driving license is on probation for the first 2 years after passing? If they get more than 6 points for any reason including; speeding, drink driving, drug driving, using mobiles, or have no insurance they will have to re-take their driving test.
In a crash at 30mph the force of your body weight increases between 30 and 60 times, which in comparison is the weight of a baby elephant. This means the force your son or daughter will be thrown from the car, or go through the windscreen will be immense and chances of survival decreased. You are 4 times more likely to survive a crash if you are wearing a seatbelt in a collision, so therefore it's your responsibility to make sure your kids know this!
Do you pay?
You may have contributed to their driving lessons and helped them to pass their test Do you really want to pay for it over again? If you pay the insurance or let them go third party on your car you have the responsibility to take the 'death tool' away from them until you know they drive responsibly.
If you bought or helped to buy your child's car, pay their insurance or contribute to the car maintenance you have the right to say NO and stop them speeding, racing, drink and drug driving, using their mobiles and not wearing a seatbelt. Use your power to prevent Wasted Lives!
Do your kids know they can say NO?
When you're not around do you know who your teenager drives around with, what they are doing and where they are going? The passengers may be intoxicated, not wearing their seatbelt or distracting the driver- your daughter or son needs to know they have the right to say; 'belt up or get out!' or even NO you are not getting in! Do they know this?
Would you want your child getting into a car with someone who has had a drink or a splif, would you get in a car if the driver had taken something don't allow your teenager to let other parent's children get in the car with your son or daughter unless you can fully say you know they are a responsible driver.
Teach them the consequences of their actions don't let other teenagers get in the car with your son or daughter if they are not in control.
Your kids, your responsibility...step in take action
YOU ARE IN CONTROL, YOU CAN SAY NO!