Is your teen prepared to take on the road? Use these teen driver tips to help.
Letting your teen take the wheel is a serious trust exercise for most parents. Give yourself a little extra peace of mind during it with these teen driving tips.
Tip 1 – Have Them Take a Driving Safety Course
Learning to drive safely in a classroom and having a trained instructor take them out on the road can actually greatly benefit your teen driver. This process will help get them prepared for what they will face on the open road. As a parent, you love them and want them to be safe but a professional teaches inexperienced drivers on a daily basis and will know exactly what information your teen needs to know.
Tip 2 – Get a Safe Vehicle
They may want that 1969 Mustang convertible, but you know better. Look for advanced safety features such as anti-lock breaks, ample airbags, and head restraints. Buy them the safest car you can afford; it’s worth it. Also, look for dependable cars, as car trouble for someone who is already struggling to learn the rules of the road can be very stressful and dangerous.
Tip 3 – Communicate the Gravity of the Situation
Make sure they know that driving is a privilege and that the car can be a dangerous weapon if used irresponsibly. Discuss alcohol use, passenger policies, texting, and speeding openly. Make them understand the severity of abusing this privilege and how serious it can get. They will listen.
Tip 4 – Make Driving a Reward for Good Grades
Good grades can earn you a lower rate on your teen’s insurance. If you create a relationship between good grades and driving privileges, it’s sure to help your teen focus both in the classroom and on the road. Kids want independence, even if it means taking school a little more seriously.
Tip 5 – Don’t Be a Hypocrite
Model the kind of driving you want your teen to imitate. Don’t cut others off, don’t break traffic laws, stay focused and don’t go on your phone. Kids are paying attention and are more likely to do what you do and not what you say.