The day has arrived; your little child is no longer that child who needs you to drive them around. Your child is ready to start driving on their own. Little did you know that they have been watching you all of these years and in turn learned some facts of driving simply by observing. While most teens have learned a bit about being a safe driver through their own eyes witnessing your driving techniques over the years, you still need to start teaching them how to be safe when it comes to being out on the road without your guidance.
Learn the Laws
Some states have varying laws regarding teen drivers. As the parent it is your duty to learn them and then educate your teen about those laws. The first step to becoming a safe driver as a teen is to be aware of the laws of the road as it pertains to teenagers and other drivers.
Practice Supervised Driving
Once your teen has reached the age that they can get a permit to drive with a qualified adult it’s time to start letting to and let your teen drive with you in the passenger seat. Hands on practice while you are there to keep an eye out for potential hazards and guide them towards safe driving skills will make you feel easier when they are legally ready to go out on their own.
Teach Cell Phone Safety
There are many distractions on the road for drivers but the most dangerous these days seem to be the cell phone. Nearly every teenager has a smartphone by the time they’ve reached driving age. Download apps that help you monitor where they are, what speed they are driving and to mute their cell phone when driving. This alleviates most of the distractions from cell phones.
Give them Experience
Your teen will be required to have a specific number of practice hours of driving before they will be allowed to get a driver’s license from the state. Even after your teen gets their driver’s license you should have them drive with supervision until you and they feel confident that they are experienced enough to take the wheel without an adult present.
Set Rules of the Road
Sure your teen will have to learn the laws of where they are driving as a teen, but you can set your own rules of the road because you are their parent. Think beyond just your average rules that the laws have set forth. Think about setting a driving curfew, boundaries’ in how far your teen can drive and what you will not allow them to do behind the wheel.
The best way to help your teen become a safe driver is not only following each the suggestions we laid out here for you today but to be the example. As with any area of childhood, they learn most from watching their parents set the bar. Be certain you are always following safe driving techniques so that your teen will learn without you lecturing them.
About the Author: Brandy Ellen is a Positive Lifestyle Blogger born and raised in New Hampshire, USA. Brandy is a successful work from home mom of three who enjoys inspiring others to live life fully.
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