As our kids embark on the age of driving, making sure they take driving lessons and comprehend the huge responsibility that comes with driving is vital. There are so many things to consider when the reality of a teen driving kicks in.
Driving yourself can be a pain in itself, but having to teach your kids how to drive can be the ultimate headache for parents. It’s likely your first time that you’ll be putting the wheel into your kid’s hands. They’re completely new to the idea of driving and it’s up to you to make sure they can cope with it and learn.
A lot of the risks of the road can be a damper in your mind. But you should know that parents play an essential role in assisting teens learn how to drive and increase their skills and confidence on the road.
During this time of your child’s life you should know to increase your own knowledge about driving on the road. There’s a lot that you may have forgotten or that has slipped by throughout the years. It’s good to know as they’ll be taking some kind of driver’s education class along with your personal teaching. A lot has changed and it’s good to know so that they are confident in their own teachers (you,) ability to instruct them on how to drive.
No matter the amount of reading, it can’t replace getting on the road and driving. The more time young drivers are out on the road in different settings, the more they’ll begin to learn and feel confident. Think about letting them try a few different vehicles if you have different automobiles.
In the event you’re looking for a new car to buy them, make sure you research your options. Start out by thinking what are the important factors for your teen and your family. For instance if you want a big vehicle you’ll look for a car like the Dodge Durango, know what you’re looking for and it will help your car search from the get go. The main thing is you’ll want something safe for your young driver and they’ll appreciate a modern car if that is in your budget.
Setting up Practice Sessions
There are a certain amount of skills you want to go over with your teens. One of the first lessons they need to learn is all the controls again and how to stay calm. Driving isn’t that hard of a skill set to acquire. Make sure they aren’t nervous in the learning process. Your temperament will be indicative of theirs as well.
Heading over to an empty parking lot to first learning is a great first step. Get them on the road after that and take the side streets in a variety of situations. Let your teen driver get a feel for how it is to be behind a wheel and show them where most basic controls usually are.
Keep in mind in your driving lessons that a car goes both ways and to work on reversing and don’t forget about the ever important parking lessons. All of these skills should first be started on minimal traffic roads. Also remember to give them good advice while driving. You may have gotten relaxed with the rules over the years, but that’s not something you want to teach them.
Overall, driving lessons are mostly repetition and us parents being calm throughout the whole process. It’s called practice for a reason and it’s going to take them time before they feel they have some kind of expertise. The early months and even years are a learning process.
Do you have a child that is taking or will be taking driving lessons? How are you coping with this new stressor? Have you lived through the teen driving years? What are some of your tips for parents and they travel down this road?
Melissa Wright works as a driving instructor part-time, and is also a Mom to two teen daughters herself so is able to provide insight and advice in her articles to other parents who are worried about letting their child behind the wheel.