Help! My Teenager Is Driving


Your child may be years from driving – or maybe they want to drive before the new school year.  The concept may be difficult to grasp but rather than deny it, though, it’s best to accept and do your best to teach your child sound driving skills.  To help with the process, consider the following.

Before you leave  – Stay calm, map out the path, avoid busy times and locations at first and adjust the passenger side mirror so you can use it as rearview mirror.T

During – Don’t yell, correct mistakes immediately by having them pull over. Look out for potential hazards till they learn to look ahead better.  Limit early sessions to 15 minutes then increase as confidence grows.

Don’t forget to lead by example – Now that your teen is “driver-aware,” practice sound driving habits when behind the wheel. Avoid racing through yellow signal lights, or passing when the center line is solid. Convey that owning a drivers license is a privilege that cannot be taken lightly.

Have you ever helped a teen driver practice driving? Do you have any tips to add?

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