If you're a parent of a teenage driver who is just starting out, you may feel anxious or worried every time you know that your child is behind the wheel. You may wonder, have I done enough to prepare them to drive safely and smartly? There are always risk factors involved when a new driver gets on the road, but preparing them as much as possible will give you more ease as a parent of teen behind the wheel.
Here are some tips for how you can help your teenager be a better driver:
- Set an example for your teen. Believe it or not, many teenagers will repeat their parent's bad driving habits because they've learned them from seeing you drive throughout the years. Set an example by following the speed limit, driving safely, following traffic laws, and always wearing your seatbelt.
- Try to limit the amount of time your teenager drives at night, if possible. Driving at night is harder and less visible, so getting them better at day driving before being allowed to travel at night will give you peace of mind.
- Don't let them drive with other teenage passengers just yet. This can be a huge distraction and this can also lead to more dangerous decisions.
- Take them out to practice driving as often as you can. Be sure to guide them as you go and help them understand how to properly switch lanes, merge, get on the freeway, etc.
- Choose a safe vehicle for them to drive. If you're getting your teen a new car, do your research and shop for safety.
We hope that these tips for parents with newly driving teens will be helpful when it comes to putting you at ease knowing that your child is on the road. Also, don't forget to have your teen's car regularly serviced at our shop to ensure their safety here at Woodie's Auto Service & Repair Centers.