25 Apr 4 Ways to Help Your Teen Driver Understand Road Safety
Make sure your teen understands the importance of safe driving.
Did your child just receive his or her learners permit? Although the teen is undoubtedly excited, as a parent, you are probably terrified. After all, you know just how dangerous driving can be. However, teaching your child doesn’t have to be a painful process. You can make driving fun, exciting, and above all, safe for your teen driver. Here are a few things to consider.
- Discuss risks
Your teen may not be aware of the risks of driving. Make sure that they understand common hazards, repercussions, consequences, and financial risks of driving erratically. Try to recall any specific problems you have encountered in your neighborhood or town as you drive around on a daily basis and use these in your instruction.
- Avoid night-time driving
Until your teen is confident behind the wheel, avoid driving at night. The limited visibility can hinder your child’s progress, especially while they are still getting used to the feel of driving and the basics. You can help your teen learn appropriate safety skills during the day that will translate to safe driving after sunset.
- Seek professional assistance
Sometimes, teens need a professional driving instructor to help them learn how to drive safely and at their best. Consider enrolling your teen in a driving program that covers all of the basics, hazards, and driving skills.
- Check with your insurance company
Many insurance agencies carry resources that help parents and teens in this situation. They may have workbooks, videos, and more information on learning to drive. In addition, you should also let your insurer know that your teen will be driving, so you’ll want to make sure they are properly covered.