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As a parent, it’s not always easy to watch our children grow up and embark on the life of an adult. Getting their driver’s license, heading off for college, introducing their first girlfriend or boyfriend – while all of this is great, it’s also a bit frightening. They were just running around in their nappies a couple of weeks ago, after all, and now they’re supposed to drive us around?
If your teenager is about to get their driver’s license or if they have just gotten it, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here is a handful of tips in terms of teaching your kid to be a responsible driver so that you can feel slightly more comfortable when they’re out and about and especially if they’re driving your car.
It just makes it a bit easier to watch them grow up for real and become the kind of right-minded adults you hoped they would be.
First: Drive together with them
Sure, you might have tried to stay away from sitting in the passenger’s seat while your kid is driving for very good reasons – but it’s not going to help much on your nerves. Go for that drive together with your kid and see for yourself; if they are awful drivers, you’ll at least be able to say something and correct their driving.
Before you plan a trip together, keep in mind that there are a few ways of teaching that are better than others. Ask questions rather than correcting, first of all, so that your teenager can come to his or her own conclusion. For example, when noticing that they are going a bit too fast, you can simply ask them what the speed limit is instead of telling them to slow down.
That way, your kid will learn to check for themselves instead of relying on someone to be there and tell them about it. Hopefully, they would have learned this long before getting their license, though.
Next: Talk about what to do in case of emergency
What to do if something should go wrong on the road is also the kind of thing they would have learned while obtaining that license – but, as a parent, it’s good to make sure that they remember everything. Teenagers and young adults are the most dangerous drivers on the road simply because they’re more likely to get distracted while driving and much more likely to take risks in terms of driving.
Make sure that you have the number to a good DUI attorney, first of all, and talk about the dangers of reckless driving. Let them know that you’re always just a phone call away in case they should need a ride and point out that they must never let their friends drive under the influence as well.
It’s the kind of talks that your teenager will dread but that will make you feel so much better when it’s over with.
There are a couple of great apps you can download as well, by the way, if you’d like to keep an eye on your teenager’s driving. That way, you can put your feet up while they’re out and about and have a look at exactly how well they listened while you were giving your lectures.