Accidents can happen. Statistically, they are very possible. But, the conversation many parents don’t have with their teens is what to do when a disaster arises behind the wheel. In the aftermath of an accident, it is simple for an inexperienced teen to not breathe, assess the situation, and handle it right.
Below are three tips for getting teens to tackle a potential disaster on the road. From ‘Are We There Yet’ To Taking The Wheel: Teaching Your Teen How To Deal With Disaster On The Road with these nice conversation starters on a tough topic.
Review the injuries and immediate dangers first
Parents can teach kids to look at who is injured, however scary it may be. Then, look to see if there is a present danger, such as a vehicle burning or the car in the middle of a highway.
These are the first two things that all drivers, teen or otherwise, should take care of. These are the first two steps in a fender bender or a flip over. The basic logic of seeing who is hurt is prioritized over anything else. It’s always okay to call an emergency line in a vehicle accident
For many people, calling an emergency line in even a small hit is standard. There are reasons for this that go beyond insurance reasons, as some people may not want to get insurance involved or they call to get an officer because they suspect suspicious behavior. For example, the driver could be intoxicated, even if the accident itself was minor. Basically, it is always okay to call an emergency line.
Suspected Behavior from Other Driver
If there is suspected improper behavior behind the wheel, intoxication, a hint that the driver has no insurance, and anything else, an officer should be present to record the situation how it happened.
Some drivers may actually have no insurance coverage, and they will encourage the teen driver to not call an officer. They may say they will take care of it and provide their number. Even if no injuries are present, call the police. The worst they can do is get annoyed and that simply won’t happen.