It’s a scary time. Your teen passed their driver’s test and is ready to drive. You’ve heard the jokes about teen drivers: “get off the sidewalk!” But, now it’s time to get serious. How do you curb your child’s desire to show off to friends? Here’s how.
Set An Example
One of the best things you can do as a parent is to set a good example for your child. Too often, parents aren’t good drivers themselves. And, when they try to tell their child how to be a safe driver, it falls on deaf ears because the child is picking up bad habits from the parent.
It might not happen right away but, subtly, it happens. Lawyers at dsslaw.com often see the result of this, as teen crashes are pretty common. What happens then is that parents often find themselves at the wrong end of a lawsuit.
So, set a good example for your child by being the best driver you can be. Take defensive driving classes, learn to become a defensive driver, always obey the speed limit and road signs, and brush up on the rules of the road, like “right of way” laws.
Get Your Teen In The Right Vehicle
Maybe you’re not buying your teen a vehicle right away, but you can (and probably will) let them drive your vehicle. The kind of vehicle you let them drive can make a big difference. Let them learn on a vehicle that’s small and manageable. If they’re learning to drive a huge truck or van, it’s going to be a lot harder than learning how to drive a small car.
Also, put your child behind the wheel of an automatic, not a standard transmission. It’s easier to learn when there’s no gear shifting involved.
If you’re not confident in your ability to teach your child (and even if you are), it might be a good idea to call in experts to help train your child. Driving is a real skill and one that many people haven’t mastered even as adults. Sign them up for professional driving lessons at a driving school if you can. Instructors can be objective without the emotion that often accompanies “homeschooling.” If you do choose to hire an expert driver, stay involved in the class and make sure you know what your teen is learning.
Test With Your Teen
Take your child out on some test runs before the driving test. Make sure they understand what’s expected of them, and what they will need to do to pass a driver’s test. Take them into unfamiliar neighborhoods, drill them on K-turns and parallel parking. Have them perform complex driving maneuvers that they will be expected to do on the test. If possible, make it just slightly more difficult than what they might encounter on a real test. At the same time, do not put your teen in any real danger (obviously, this would be a bad thing).
Jack Hudson has several years experience of working in the auto insurance industry, and as a Dad of two teen sons, their driving habits are often on his mind! He shares his thoughts with like minded people through his informative articles.