Raising teens can sometimes be a challenge, even for the best “super-parent” out there. Regardless of the age of your teen, life will throw obstacles our way that might challenge your parenting skills when it comes to raising your teens. Through the pre-adult stages, teens can sometimes present different ways of thinking, that may challenge your ability to handle situations. It’s important to also consider the environment, and the aspects we think about less frequently, on how our family develops.
Below are some tips to consider when driving on altering terrain for yourself and your teen. These tips will make a difference for you and your family.
It’s something that’s interesting to think about, but growing up and raising teens in different areas of the country can have an impact on their lifestyle. One of the major highlights of a teenagers years include the ability to get on the road, and obtain a license. But, there are some things we should consider when teens reach this stage of their lives.
Growing up in the beach areas would give teenagers the benefit of driving on flat terrains. During the summer time, they would also learn to adapt to low water crossing. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related. In severe rainstorms, it’s important that teens are trained to watch for flooding at bridges and low areas. Having the teenage mentality, many might drive too fast through low water, which could cause the vehicle to hydroplane and lose contact with the road surface. The more frequently your teen encounters situations similar to this one, the more they will know how to react in this situation.
Growing up in the mountainous areas can pose strong wind conditions. This is a problem known as “buffeting”. This condition occurs within bridges, through mountain passes and ravines, and when being passed by large trucks. Informing your teen what to do in these situations is crucial. Reduce your speed, check traffic, be prepared to steer windward and counter-steer in the direction you want to go.
Visibility conditions can affect teens in beach or mountain terrains. Whether it is heavy smoke, rain or snow, these can all lower visibility. In these circumstances, reduce speed, turn on low-beam headlights, emergency flashers, and windshield wipers. Make gentle steering, accelerating, or braking actions. Always be alert for stopped vehicles on the highways to avoid a crash and be prepared for wind gusts or strong crosswinds. Turn the radio on to monitor the weather and road conditions and if it is possible, leave the highway.
Driving after sunset poses other visibility issues. Vision is severely limited at night. It is important to inform your teen to reduce speed and increase following distance. Over-driving your headlights occurs when the vehicle’s stopping distance is greater than the area illuminated by the headlights. Glare recovery is the time it takes your eyes to adjust after being blinded by bright lights. Glare is caused by oncoming traffic primarily, but as well as by the headlights of cars behind you and a dirty windshield.
Whether your teen is growing up on the beach or in a mountainous terrain, they should know how to properly check their vehicle maintenance. Both hot and cold temperatures place demands on tires, radiator coolant, hoses, connections, and drive belts increase driving risks. Helping to develop our teens into individuals who can recognize these issues, and address them can greatly benefit safety on the roadways
If we want our teens to follow these patterns, or routines, it’s important that parents put these practices into their routines as well. As it’s been said before, development of new skills only comes from the practice and observation of others. Living on coastal areas proves that families must be alert and aware of different obstacles that they can face while commuting. Living in high-elevation areas also showcases its differences, and even proves the need for different vehicles to remain safe on the roadways.
Successfully developing others into stronger motorists can make an impact, not only on our lives, but our peers as well. Just think, by showcasing our safe behaviors to our teens, we can hopefully make an impact on individuals who might be friends with our teens, by demonstrating examples of how we should behave. It’s a chain reaction, that can benefit society as a whole.