01 Jul Tips to Teach Your Kids to Drive
You know what one of the scariest days in a parent’s life has to be? When it comes time for your young whippersnappers to buckle up and get behind the wheel of a vehicle for the first time. It’s understandable to have highly conflicting emotions about this moment. Obviously, it’s always a proud day when our children get to share in the wonderful gift that personal transportation allots us in this day and age. However, there’s always going to be a small part of you that can’t help but notice that this kid in the midst of puberty whose diapers you used to change is about to in control of a speeding death trap.
Regardless, this is something every parent is going to have to deal with, eventually, and there are few things to remember when it comes. Here are some tips for teaching your child to drive…
Have a specific plan
Don’t just head out into your car, hop in, and expect everything to come naturally to your teen. That sounds like a recipe for disaster. Instead, make sure that you plan out an area that you are going head to practice. It’s helpful to have a specific route in mind, and then go over that route with your teenager before getting in the vehicle. Also, make sure that you have some specific ideas of what you are going to be practicing, as this will alleviate a lot of stress. Some days can be all about learning to apply the brakes smoothly, while freeway driving could be a different day all on its own.
Go through a checklist
Make sure that you have a checklist of things that you make your teen do before each driving session, including checking their mirrors, making sure they are comfortable in the seat, checking their gas gauge, tire pressure, etc. By doing this each time, you’ll start to build useful habits that will help your teen become a responsible driver.
Be alert of hazards around you
Understand that your teenager has a different mindset than you when they are in the car. They haven’t had the training and experience that you have had in road awareness. For this reason, it’s important to remember that you are somewhat responsible for their safety, your safety, and the safety of everyone else on the road. Be sure to point out potential hazards around you to them, so that they can start to develop that very same awareness of what to look for on the road.