Most teens dream about their first car and driving. Most parents cringe when this milestone hits. Now I know why my dad wasn’t excited to teach me to drive. There is a lot to deal with when your teen starts to drive and being safe is the main concern.
I have some tips that might help you get through this stage of your teen’s life and yours!
Of course, most teens will want that shiny fast car, but parents say NO! Please! There is no way they need a fast car. A teen’s first car should be a vehicle that will get them from point A to point B. Get that shiney four-cyclinder engine. A slower car equals a safer ride plus remember the money you will be saving on insurance.
Newer The Better
The reason why I say that is because
Safety Features Parents Want:
- Auto Braking. This feature helps avoid collisions.
- Blind Spot Warning. An alert when a vehicle is in your blind spot, amazing feature!
- Back Up Camera. Vehicles 2016 and newer have these cameras installed to have a clear view from behind.
These features help ease that parent worry we have when our kids are out driving.
Practice Makes Perfect
Taking your teen driving with you as a passenger is essential and should be done as much as you can…or afford with the gas prices these days, ugh! If you have errands to do ask your teen if they want to come and they can drive. I’m sure this will be beneficial for both of you, the teen gets more practice, and the parent doesn’t have to drive — a win in my eyes.
I think this is the toughest part of being a parent…being calm especially in stressful situations, like your teen driving. However, you need to have a lot patience when your teen is driving. Try not to be too critical, watch how you say things when they do things wrong. Also if you are going to be critical you also need to be encouraging. Discuss what issues they need to work on and give them guidance. Make sure you have clear rules like no texting and drinking- which are laws in most states anyway.
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