Do you have a teenage driver that’s about to drive off with a freshly minted license? No doubt, as a parent, you are full or nerves and anxiety. The roads are busier than ever before and the distractions for new drivers are almost never ending. While your teen has no doubt completed the required courses and testing for driver’s education in your state, there are a multitude of other critical items to teach your teen prior to turning them loose with a set of car keys. Follow these recommendations from the professional insurance agents, law enforcement officials and driving gurus. There’s no better time to get started than today.

After all the required driver’s education courses are complete, teach your teen how to have an accident. Yes, teach your teen how to have an accident. What are the first steps to take after an accident? How do you ensure safety after an accident? How do you follow up with all the paperwork necessary after an accident? Develop a checklist with your teen driver on all the steps to take after an accident. Have them review each of the steps and understand how to execute them.

Provided your teen has not been severely injured in the accident and their automobile is still somewhat able to be driven, it’s critical that they move to the side of the road and get out of harm’s way. This won’t be an option in more severe accidents. The next step is to call the police and let them know if you or anyone else involved in the accident needs emergency medical assistance. It is then time to check on the condition of the driver of any other car involved in the accident. Do not attempt to place blame or recreate the accident. Wait until law enforcement arrives.

After the police arrive, they will follow through with the procedures for exchanging driver’s license and insurance information. If your car has needs to be towed, remove all of your personal belongings from the car. If you were lucky enough to have taken advantage of the deals offered by Groupon coupons and snagged a Shopbop coupon and have your newly purchased apparel in the car, be sure to remove that as well.

Follow up with your insurance company and auto repair shop if your car is salvageable. Review each of these steps with your teen before they set out to drive on their own.

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