Ideas to lower the cost of glass repair and replacement with teenage driver safety

Teenage driver safety is a topic that matters to parents. If you have a teen about to hit the road, get ready for even more anxiety than you felt the first time they rode a bike with no training wheels.

There is a good reason why most insurance companies impose higher premiums on young drivers. They need some time to get used to the road. They have to form safe driving habits, pay attention to where they park and more.

Here are some ways to help your teen driver avoid costly windshield, window and mirror damage. If you need repairs or more teenage driver safety ideas, be sure to get in touch with DFW Glass Mart!

Does a typical teenage driver safety class cover auto glass safety?
Probably not. Those classes are designed to help them master maneuvering, speed control and paying attention to other drivers.

Parents will need to talk to their teen drivers about keeping their windows safe. Windshield damage from rocks on the highway can happen to anyone, but teens face a particular risk if they have not yet formed a habit of staying out from behind large trucks or vehicles most likely to kick up rocks.

What are some teenage driver safety training methods I can use at home?
Lead by example when they practice with a driver’s permit

Before your teen driver actually gets a license, make sure to exhibit safe driving. Point out the risks of following too close, of parking in areas with high car theft and more.

Offer to help with insurance payments if a teen gets good grades

This is a win-win for you as a parent or legal guardian. Insurance may cover the costs to repair a cracked windshield or a vandalized window, and helping pay their insurance premiums can motivate teens to succeed in class.

Make it clear that they must take responsibility

When they get their first car key, tell them you will not pay for damage to a mirror if they smash it when parking carelessly. Explain that if they park on a street where kids often play, you will not foot the bill for a baseball through the windshield.

What if they do not take teenage driver safety seriously?
As a parent, you have to know where to draw the line. Answer these questions first:

Did you help pay for their car?
Whose name is on the title?
Do you help pay for insurance?
Are they using a car to get to school or work, or just to cruise around?
If your teen pays their own way, you may not be able to just take their keys. However, remind them that driving is a privilege, especially if you as a parent help shoulder the responsibility. If they rack up a hefty auto glass bill, take that privilege away for a while and make sure they learn from the mistake.