It’s no revelation that children and teens practice similar behaviors that they’ve seen growing up. Learned behaviors develop by watching and mimicking. When it comes to driving, this may be a very bad thing. Road rage is one thing that can be picked up by a teen, from years of watching their parent rant and rave behind the wheel.
After years of seeing a pattern of yelling and screaming behind the wheel most teens think that it’s a common practice in driving. Not to mention the part of the teen brain that assesses risks is still “under construction,” so teens are more likely to be aggressive while they’re driving.
So how can you prevent having road rage while you’re driving?
- Take a few deep breaths before making any rash decisions when you’re on the road.
- If you’re a passenger and the driver starts to get upset, try to change the subject, so they don’t focus on their anger.
- Practice techniques that will help you manage your anger, before you get into the car – this will help you when you’re behind the wheel.
- If you’re a parent, remember that your teen is watching what you do. Parental involvement is one step to solving the teen driving problem.
Peer-to-peer programs like Teens in the Driver Seat are also part of the solution. Want to start TDS at your school? Check out our easy steps to becoming part of the movement.
Photo courtesy of Will Hale.