Is Your Teen Ready To Drive?
No worries we have five teen driving tips that will help you and your teen out while they take over the wheel.
The day has finally come, and you’ve been both dreading and looking forward to it simultaneously (somehow) — your teenager has just acquired their driving license. It was a struggle, and they may have failed the final test once or twice, but they did get there; they have earned their freedom. It’s a strange feeling for a parent because on the one hand, Huzzah! your teen is now independent and doesn’t need you to drive them all over, but on the other hand OH MY GOD!
The most important thing is not to panic. Below is some really sage advice that will help keep your teen safe on the road as they start out on their journey as a driver.
Teen Driving Tips
1. Help them build up the experience
Hire them as your driver. A teen can learn a lot by becoming the responsible family driver that you have been for all these years. Get them to drive you to the grocery store, to dinner, to drop off younger siblings at school. The key to becoming a confident and competent driver is practice, so getting them out on the road, while also carrying passengers is ideal.
2. Learn new skills – take a course
An advanced driving course can offer professional instruction to help them deal with bad weather, the freeway, extreme parking and much more. Learning from another professional means they won’t pick up bad habits, and you might even be able to enjoy some reduction in your insurance premium if they pass a recognized and accredited course.
3. Lay down the law – no cell phones
While following step 1, it’s a good opportunity to instill positive habits like setting aside their smartphones out of view, focusing on the road, keeping their hands at 10 and 2, and sticking to the speed limits. Good driving is developed in the weeks and months following the final driving test, not before it. Keep up those habits and they’ll carry them for life.
4. Reward good behavior
Some cars come with monitoring systems that help you understand how your teen is driving, and you can build that into a kind of rewards system whereby good driving habits are rewarded with gas money, more freedom, extra time out, etc. There’s nothing like a good incentive to keep a teen driver on the straight and narrow.
5. More family, fewer friends
While you want your teen to get experience ferrying passengers, it’s better for them if it’s more family members and other adults than their teenage peers. A car full of teenagers is more likely to get distracted and run into trouble since all are as inexperienced as each other when it comes to road safety.
Follow our driving tips and keep your teen safe on the road. It’s easier and less stressful thank you think!
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