Whether your teen already has a driver’s license or is preparing to get one, you are likely concerned about his or her safety. Passing an exam does not mean you are prepared to handle this great responsibility, so it is critical that you take the time to do your part and ensure your teen exercises safe driving practices and obeys the rules of the road.
Here are some ways in which you can help prepare your teen driver:
- Make a parent-teen driving contract: Make sure you and your teen are on the same page and agree on a specific set of rules ahead of time. Are you comfortable with your teen having friends in the car? You should also clearly explain your expectations and the consequences of breaking any of the rules you have set forth. Above all, remind your teen that driving is a privilege and absolutely not a right.
- Emphasize the importance of practicing: No matter how well your teen understands the rules of the road, there is no substitute for experience and this is only acquired through time and practice. Help your teen by taking an active role in teaching them as much as possible. Practice should include all types of traffic conditions and various roads. No one becomes a skilled driver overnight.
- Ban the use of electronic devices: At this point, nearly every teenager has a cell phone or some other electronic device that can be used for communication. Whatever device he or she might have, make sure your teen understands that it is never to be used while driving and that all calls and text messages can wait until after a destination is reached. Consider detailing specific rules for electronic devices in your parent-teen contract. Do you want them to set aside the device and not use it, or would you prefer your teen shut it off during drives? These rules need to be clear and, ultimately, your young driver should never be using any sort of electronic device while behind the wheel.
- Choose a reliable vehicle: This does not mean you need to splurge on something pricey. A reliable vehicle is one that is in good condition and good working order. Your teen should know how to operate all safety systems, mirrors, knobs, seats, and any other key features the vehicle might have. Make sure your teen understands that all necessary adjustments should be made before putting the vehicle in gear.
- Teach your new driver about vehicle responsibility: Oftentimes, teens are so preoccupied with having just obtained their driver’s license, or the prospect of getting one, but have no real clue about what it takes to maintain a vehicle. Part of safe driving is maintaining a safe vehicle, so it is crucial to make sure your teen driver understands what having a car entails. He or she will need to have a basic understanding of the kind of maintenance that is involved with the vehicle, including oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and proper fluid levels.
- Assess your teen’s maturity level: Not everyone matures at the same rate and, as such, not all teens are ready for this major responsibility. He or she might be angry with you, but waiting 6 months or a year can make a big difference in your child’s readiness.
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