Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored safety campaign with DiMe Media and Allstate Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Did you know that parents are the number one influence on teens regarding their driving skills? So far, Colby and I have taught two of our children to drive. We do parent-taught driver’s education and plan on doing the same with our younger three. Just as Allstate believes, we too believe that “driving with a teen during the licensing process is one of the most important things a parent can do.”
Tips for Teaching Your Teenager to Drive Safely
Teaching your teenage to drive can be as easy or as challenging as you make it. With the right attitude, from both you and your teen, the process is simpler and the goal better achieved. Teaching your teens to drive goes beyond the time behind the wheel. These tips will help you coach your teen towards driving safely:
Practice Makes Perfect
Be sure to practice driving with your teen at least 50 hours, or more, based on what is required by your state. Begin with lessons in an empty parking lot and then move onto your local roads. Remember that there are a variety of driving situations that your teen will need to experience and learn to maneuver.
Learn from Mistakes
Keep your patience and be prepared for mistakes that may come. Stay calm in order to not discourage the teaching. Move off the road and then talk through the situation. Encourage more practice and try again.
Lead by Example
Your child has been watching you drive for years. In the last few years, they have most likely been observing and learning. Therefore, start this early. Follow the same rules you expect your teen to follow. Put your phone away, leave the radio alone, and minimize your distractions. When possible, point out any potential driving issues. Use them as teachable moments as often as they present themselves.
Positive reinforcement is always a great way to encourage good habits. After each driving lesson, talk to your teen about how they think it went. Evaluate the session and discuss both the successes and mistakes. Develop a plan that continues to encourage your teen to practice and learn new skills.
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