So, your teenager has told you that they want to start to learn to drive. Many parents get very scared when they hear this for the first time! That’s usually because they can’t believe that their little baby has finally grown up and is now old enough to drive. But they are mainly scared that their child will be a reckless driver and could put themselves in danger. However, there is nothing to worry about too much when your teenager does get behind the wheel. In fact, there are many things that you can do to help them learn how to drive in a safe and competent manner. Even if they find it incredibly embarrassing, you should still make sure you use these tips to help them become a safe driver!
Tell Them The Dangers
Unfortunately, accidents do happen out on the road, and this is something that you can’t ignore. It is something that your teenager shouldn’t ignore either. Be sure to talk with them about accidents, and how they can dramatically reduce their risk of ending up in one if they drive safely and responsibly. You should also make sure that they fully know what to do in the event that they do end up in an accident. Make sure that they keep the contact numbers of local recovery mechanics, a car accident lawyer, and their insurance company in the glove compartment of their car.
Make Sure They Know Basic Car Maintenance
It is very important that all drivers know the very basics of car maintenance. This should include changing a spare tire and checking the amount of oil in the car. Ideally, your teenager should be able to carry out small checks and maintenance on their own. However, it is also important that they know when they should see a mechanic about various faults. Tell your child that it is very important that they check their car before they set out to drive. They just need to make sure that all their lights are working, and that the tyres are at the right pressure. These are legal requirements, and will also help reduce their risk of being involved in an accident.
Go Over The Highway Code
To be a good driver, your child will need to know the highway code inside out. This is the set of rules that all drivers need to know in order to use roads safely and respect fellow drivers and road users. The highway code also explains the meanings of all the various road signs and markings that your teenager will see out on the road. They need to know what each and every one of these means so that they are able to respond correctly while driving. Be sure to sit down with your child and go over all of the highway code until it has stuck.
No one wants to be an embarrassing parent, and your teenager will certainly be embarrassed as you try and teach them how to be a safe driver. However, it is definitely worth it!