Your teen is about to embark on an exciting new adventure – that of being a legal and licensed driver. Many new drivers look at this opportunity and imagine the freedom and independence that comes with it. Others, though, feel a lot of anxiety at the prospect. They aren’t sure if they have the skills or confidence to get behind the wheel and navigate congested roads and deal with aggressive drivers. We want your teens to feel confident every time they get behind the wheel, and you can help make that happen. This is an important time for your teen, and while our instructors know how to create an engaging classroom environment and provide a structured curriculum that includes all the knowledge and skills a fledgling driver needs, real learning doesn’t end there. The simple fact is that you, as the parent or guardian of the soon-to-be-driver, can have a huge impact on how they develop their skills and knowledge. With your support and encouragement throughout their driving lessons, your teens can acquire the skills they need for a lifetime of safe driving. Let’s take a look at a few simple things you can do to help your teen through their driver’s education and their first years as a licensed driver.
Set the RulesThe rules for driving a car have to be very strict, and they have to apply to everyone who is in the vehicle. That means that if they drive with friends, they should all be aware of the rules and agree to keep them. The exact rules you set will be up to you, but we would recommend something like:
- Always wear a seat belt
- Always respect the driver’s needs
- Always keep the entertainment (music, etc.) to a reasonable volume
- Never act out wildly
- Never drive unsafely
- Never text and drive