When your teenager reaches the appropriate legal age where it’s time for them to start learning how to drive, this can be both an exciting time, and overwhelming. Depending on how good your relationship is with your teen, getting in the car with them and showing them how to be a safe driver can be a stressful experience.
Whether your teenager has chosen to embark on accompanied driving or passes his license after reaching the age of majority, discovering the car is a pivotal moment. Because they see it as a symbol of recently acquired independence, some are proving reckless at the wheel.
During this period, parents must first keep in mind that a seasoned driver has little to do with a youngster starting up. Progressiveness is essential to giving them confidence and not hold him or her up.
“It’s important for parents to remember when they started to learn driving” says Sam Miller, a life coach for teenagers at Parenting Teenagers Academy. Driving for an hour is an effort that we have often forgotten. As a parent, we must make things easier for teens by giving priority to daytime driving.
Avoid complicated weather conditions such as fog or snow. During the first two or three months, you can also try to be in the car as often as possible with your child when he is driving to reassure him in case of stress.
Take driving lessons too
One of the best ways to prepare to teach your child how to drive is to sit in the driver’s seat and have someone else teach you lessons.
Use your spouse or friend to guide you as if you were learning to drive for the first time.
This way you will get an idea of useful things and those that are a bit boring and unproductive.
Identify a place
When your teenager learns to drive for the first time, they should be behind the wheel in a safe and secure place.
Search your city for large, deserted parking lots open to the public or other spaces that are safe for a new driver.
It is important that they practice driving in a space where they will feel comfortable and safe.
Give them courage for difficult maneuvers
When you teach your teen something as important and difficult as driving, you should start by teaching simple things.
Even backing off the aisle and then backing into the garage are important steps in the learning process.
You can continue to increase the difficulties gradually until you are ready to take on roads and highways.
Remember to follow all local laws and restrictions when taking your child on the roads.
The importance of dialogue
Dialogue is essential to prevent adolescents from hiding their risky behavior from their parents. Your teen will eventually come across opportunities to drink alcohol so it’s crucial that you keep an open door policy with your child and let them know that no matter what, they can come to you if they need your support.
This spirit of openness does not prevent us from taking concrete measures. For example, you can leave a breathalyzer in the car to allow him to gauge his alcohol consumption himself before hitting the road. The key factor here is that it is important that they know you are not going to freak out on them, otherwise they may begin to lie and hide things from you.