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Decreasing drowsy driving in teenagers

As a parent, you have plenty to worry about when your child enters high school. They have to keep up with harder classes, begin a new social life, try out for spots and prepare for college. Arguably, those parental concerns are at their worst when your kid starts driving to school. Teen drivers are still some of the most dangerous motorists on the road, and Alabama does not exactly have the best drivers to begin with.

Even if you are not in the car with them, that does not mean you can take extra steps to ensure that they are at their best when they are behind the wheel. A recent study from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Michigan polled parents from around the nation, half of which said that their teen had trouble falling asleep. If you are one of those parents, you can try to ensure your child’s safety by taking the following precautions:

Offer to drive them to school

Teenagers enjoy the freedom they acquire once they get their license, but you need them to understand that they are not street experts yet. Even though it is convenient no longer having to drive your kid to school, check to see how they are feeling in the morning before they take off. If they have a hard time getting out of bed, they are probably not in the best condition to drive to class.

If they have a hard time keeping their eyes open, you can take them to school or a bus stop so they can get a few minutes of shut-eye in the car. There are already plenty of drowsy drivers roaming the streets in Alabama, and you do not want your kid to join their ranks. You may also want to check the weather during hurricane season since even the most awake teenagers may not be ready for stormy roads.

Implement a nightly schedule

The University of Michigan also recommends making a few changes to your child’s nighttime habits to get them to sleep better. Some of these tips they provide include:

  • Banning electronics before bedtime
  • Keeping a sleep schedule
  • Making them do homework as soon as possible
  • Limiting caffeine
  • Taking away bedroom distractions

The poll also found that many children cannot go to sleep because they are worried about school, their social lives or their futures. Make sure to talk to your child to see if these issues are keeping them up at night and offer your best parental advice to ease these worries off their minds.

While you can still help your teenager develop the necessary skills to become a good driver, you unfortunately cannot control everything on the road. If a negligent Alabama driver who is not as concerned about a good night’s sleep as you are crashes and injures your child on their way to school, a personal injury attorney can help you seek coverage to help you lay another issue to rest.

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