Tips For Parents Who Are Teaching Their Teen How To Drive


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If you are a parent who has a teen that is already driving or nearing the day they will be permitted to drive, there are a few tips we feel are important for you to be aware of that will help prevent your teen from engaging in a collision. As you may know, teen drivers are more susceptible to being involved in an accident than any other age group. In an effort to keep these young adults safe, below we share a few tips families can begin implementing if they have a teen that is learning how to drive.

1. Allow teens to get plenty practice in as they lack experience. The more practice a teen gets while behind the wheel, the more comfortable they become with driving, and the less likely you are to almost have a heart attack every time they are behind the wheel.

2. Parents should encourage and supervise practice driving in more varied environments, and not fall into the habit of accumulating practice hours just driving in routine conditions to places they already know. The fact is, we drive on a variety of roadways each and every day and its is important that teens get exposed to these different conditions.

3. When a teen is learning to drive, it is important that parents also create consequences for reckless or inappropriate behavior displayed while driving to discourage it from happening again. For instance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that parents give their teen a consequence when they drive distracted. Whether it is suspending their driving privileges or reducing their time to drive, reinforcing that distracted behavior is not going to increase their driving abilities; rather it will reduce it. Discouraging distracted driving will only help to keep them safe.

4. Lead by example. When a rent is teaching their teen to drive, they should be displaying all of the types of behavior they expect from their teen when they are driving. Remember, as a role model for your teen, you should always keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and avoid engaging in any type of behavior that will distract your attention away from the roadway.

5. Some kids really pay attention to where they are going, some don't. Your teen will tell you they have GPS, so "No Worries". Except that watching them try to follow GPS and drive for the first time can be a scary thing. They won't be used to doing it. Coordinating driving, listening to the directions, and being prepared to turn at an unfamiliar spot is a lot for a new driver. They should have a way to properly mount their GPS in the car. Learning how find road signs and get around areas that they need to drive is key and should be part of the practice. Get them lost and have them "find their way back". See how they pull over to use their GPS. What's the plan if it doesn't work?

Categories: Safety
Tags: Teens, Driving, Safety

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