Thinking about your teen behind the wheel might make you a nervous wreck, but it is an exciting time for your child. There are some things that you can do as a parent to ensure that your child learns safe, defensive driving skills.
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Four Tips For Parents to Help Child Master Driving
1. Locate Safe Practice Areas
Once your child has their learner’s permit, this doesn’t mean that they should hit the open road immediately. Stake out a safe location in your neighborhood or nearby that your child can use to practice getting used to the car at first. Whether this is an industrial parking lot, a new neighborhood being built, or even a dead end road, your child can learn about braking, accelerating, and get a general feel for the car in a safe zone first.
2. Schedule Practice Time
If your child is alternating between in-class driving instruction and on the road driving classes, there may be an expectation that they will practice with a parent as well. You and your child will be more focused and prepared for driving practice if this is scheduled time between the two of you as a continuation of their learning process. Don’t put this important learning component off. Treat their driving practice seriously and don’t just think this will happen organically if you are both busy.
3. Sign Your Teen up for Additional Driving Courses
While most states require a certain amount of time with a driving instructor, this doesn’t mean that your child needs to stop with the minimum requirement. You want to make sure that your child is fully prepared for their drivers license test and the open road. It might be best for your child to spend more time mastering driving skills with an adult instructor.
4. Rely on Support and Guidelines to Help
It is great if you can help your teen have a seamless transition from driving courses to practice with you. Make sure that you understand what your child has been taught and what you should focus on when they are practicing. Ask your child’s instructor for tips on things to focus on while out on the road with your child. It is a good idea to flip through the traffic laws manual or handbook for your state to brush up on basics.
If you take your child’s driving instruction seriously, chances are they will take this more seriously as well. Do what you can as a parent to make sure that your child has all of the practice and instruction they need before the day of their driving test.