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Why you should limit the number of people in your teen’s car

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The anticipation of getting a driver’s license probably has your teenager feeling on top of the world. However, because your child lacks experience, he or she is at a much higher risk of getting into a car accident.

Neglecting to put rules in place can endanger your child and others on the road. Sharing your expectations with your teenager can encourage responsible driving behavior.

It is the law

As a parent, you may have reservations about your teenager driving a gaggle of friends around. You are not alone which is why the state of Alabama has rules against this. According to the Alabama Public Health website, your teenager cannot have more than one passenger in the vehicle outside of you or another supervising adult who is at least 21-years-old.

You can teach your child more about the Graduated Drivers License law including the dangers of using a phone while driving. Depending on the severity of certain offenses, suspension of your child’s driving privileges could remain in place for quite some time.

It reduces distractions

Another reason to reduce the number of teen passengers you will allow is to reduce the number of distractions. Let’s face it, your teenager probably likes to laugh and act silly. However, this behavior including loud music, sudden movements and emotional conversation can cause hazardous distractions.

Discuss the importance of responsible behavior behind the wheel and encourage your child to be a good passenger too. Be a good example by always wearing your seatbelt, putting your phone away, avoiding loud music and showing respect and courtesy to other drivers on the road.