For National Teen Driver Safety Week, Elk Grove Police offer tips

Going on the sage advice of leading by example, as part of National Driver Safety Week, Elk Grove Police is offering tips for parents and guardians to have a discussion with young drivers. 

“Like anything new, it takes practice and experience to be a good driver,” Elk Grove Police Department, Traffic Lieutenant, Eric White said. “Teen drivers are also more likely to take risks and pick up bad habits behind the wheel, which is why it is important for parents to be involved and take steps to ensure their teen is staying safe on the road.”

During chats with young drivers, the following are suggested tips for your discussion. 

•Lead by example: Practice what you preach. Have driving sessions with your teen.
•Set Ground Rules: Be firm on things like not using the phone while driving, no friends in the car, following the speed limit and never driving after drinking or using drugs. Establish consequences you will enforce if your teen breaks the rules.

•Understanding the Consequences: Teach them about zero-tolerance laws regarding alcohol and California’s cell phone law, which bars drivers under 18 from using a cell phone for any reason, including hands-free.
•Sober Driving: Emphasize the importance of never riding with someone who has been drinking or using drugs.

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