Tips for Your New Teen Driver

Tips for Your New Teen Driver

There comes a time in every parent’s life where our once adolescent child is transitioning into a young adult. This transition can bring about new changes that are seemingly difficult, especially when it comes to adapting to your new teen driver.


Although this can be a difficult transition, there are many helpful tips that keep parents from worrying too much. With new technology and safer cars, many parents can rest assured that their new driver will behave while behind the wheel. For those who need a little extra reassurance, consider a few of these tips:


Safety First


Buckling your seat belt might seem like a given; however, this should always be reinforced when discussing driving with your young driver. Not only are seat belts a requirement by law, but they’ve also been proven to save lives. Try to practice what you preach, especially in front of your teen driver. If they see you making the seat belt a priority, they’re likely to follow your lead.


Know Your Route


Many young drivers are familiar with roads close to home; however, when experiencing the point of view from the driver’s seat, their perspective could change. Be sure to educate your teen on roads to commute. If your driver is traveling to new locations, be sure to have them navigate their route before getting behind the wheel. Helpful apps and navigation-maps are used by drivers of all ages.


It’s also helpful for parents to have an understanding as to where their driver will be commuting. If ever in the event they have car trouble, they can quickly locate their driver to assist.


Establish Rules


Even though your teen driver has passed the state licensing process, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve passed the rules to be established by their parents. Consider rules that can be put into effect that would alleviate issues during your driver’s commute. Consider rules such as:


  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Abide by a reasonable curfew.
  • Limit passenger capacity and introduce those passengers to your parents before offering to drive them around.
  • Stay within a specific radius of home.


Although every household has rules that will vary it’s important to consider what will work for you and your child.


Consider the Vehicle


Many parents want to ensure their young driver is in good hands; however, they don’t necessarily want to fork out the money to buy a new car. Before sending your teen off in the family car that you use on an everyday basis, consider reading safety ratings on an inexpensive vehicle that won’t break the bank and provides a piece of mind.


There are many things to consider when your child gets behind the wheel of a car. Be sure to always demonstrate safe driving skills so that you know that you’ve set a good example of how to put safety first. These tips are a sure start to the transition of your teen driver and to provide you with a piece of mind.

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