Tips For Teaching Your Teen How to Drive On the Highway

Tips For Teaching Your Teen How to Drive On the Highway

Learning to drive is an exciting step for teens but it can also be stressful and nerve wracking for the parents who are helping them learn. Learning to drive doesn’t need to be stressful and the more time you make for practice, the safer and more confident your teen will be behind the wheel.


Many new drivers avoid highways until they get more comfortable with the basics of driving. When you and your teen decide it’s time to hit the highway, here are some tips:

Sharing the Road With Large Trucks


When you’re driving around the quieter streets in your city, you’re less likely to encounter large trucks. For new drivers, this may be good and less stressful, but it’s important to learn how to share the road with semis.


Some of the most important things to remember are to be patient, give trucks plenty of room, and avoid driving in a truck’s blind spot as much as possible.

Leaving Enough Room Between You and Other Drivers


Highway traffic is notorious for being stop-and-go, and more often than not, some drivers get impatient and start to tailgate other motorists. Make sure your teen knows that this is not a safe way to drive while on the highway.


Whenever possible, your new driver should keep two to three car lengths between him or her and the car in front; even more around large trucks as it takes them longer to stop. While this isn’t popular among other motorists, it’s a safer distance and can decrease the chance of a rear-end collision.

Merging and Passing With Confidence


Learning to merge and pass can be anxiety inducing for many new drivers (and even some experienced ones). Merging and passing take practice and patience. It’s always important to look ahead and behind, staying focused when driving and aware at all times.


When starting out, you may want to take your teen out on the highway when it’s not as busy. The time may vary depending on where you live but typically before or after “gridlock” hours are best.


Even as your teen becomes more confident, he or she should never assume that other cars will let him or her into a lane or pass. It’s all about reading the situation and the spacing.

Teaching Your Teen How to “Read” Other Drivers


Of course, we never really know what fellow motorists are thinking, but we can often tell when someone is distracted or even tired while behind the wheel. Drivers, particularly commercial truck drivers, are more likely to be tired near the end of the work week. Spending long hours on the road with a busy schedule can make them fatigued and rushing to meet deadlines.


Encourage and remind your teen to keep a safe distance from large vehicles and to keep an eye out (and a distance from) anyone who is swerving in and out of lanes or who is exhibiting reckless driving behaviors.

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