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Teaching Your Teen to Drive: Dos and Don’ts

01 Dec Blog | Comments

As a parent it is probably one of the most stressful things you will ever do, teaching your teen to drive. Teaching your teen to drive is no easy feat. Teaching a teen to drive is nerve wracking, it is stressful, and it is bound to cost you more money in car insurance.  As the parent it is your job to teach your teen all the right things to do and also all the wrong things not to do.

Teenagers are excited about the next rite of passage in their lives that all they care about is getting through all the hoops and getting that driver’s license. The beautiful thing about that is they will pretty much do whatever you want until you give them the “Golden Ticket”. This will be one time you can impart all of the wisdom you have gained as an experienced driver.

You know which driving habits are the good ones to pass along, such as:

  • Texting and driving is a big no, no, so remind your teenager to turn his/her phone off when driving.
  • Having more than 1 or 2 passengers can be a dangerous distraction.
  • The radio is great, but it too can be a distraction, so show your teenager when you are driving that keeping the radio down allows them to hear an ambulance or fire truck.
  • It is very important to follow all the “rules of the road”.
  • As your teenager gains experience he/she will want to learn to become a defensive driver. A defensive driver is a person who is aware of all the traffic around them. The defensive driver is also aware of what is coming up, for example traffic lights, and pedestrians.

You also know which driving habits are the bad ones, not to pass along, such as:

  • Being an aggressive driver is not the type of driver you want your teen to become. Aggressive drivers weave in and out of traffic, they honk their horns, speed, and tailgate.
  • Teaching your teenager that speeding can not only get you a ticket, but it could also get you into a very bad, possibly deadly, accident is a habit you need to steer clear of.
  • The last and most important bad habit not to pass along is the habit we all pick up as we gain more experience, and that is getting lazy behind the wheel. We get too comfortable and forget to follow all the “rules of the road”.

Teaching your teenager how to drive is not an easy task. It can be frustrating and stressful, but it will be worth all the aggravation when you have a defensive driver at the end of the long road. Just remember you probably have a few of those bad habits. Try not to pass them along to the newest driver in your home. Show your teenager all the good habits so that he or she can become the best driver he or she can be.


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