If your teen is about to embark upon life on the road, you’ll probably be feeling a mixture of emotions. Whilst learning to drive is a great way to gain confidence and open up opportunities, it can also be a pretty terrifying idea for a parent. Here, we share a few tips for helping your teenager to prepare for life in the driving seat, so that you don’t have to panic!
Find a good instructor
Knowing that your teen is in good hands is sure to put your mind at ease and will put them in the very best position at the start of their driving life. Ask friends for recommendations and look for reviews online. Having a professional driving instructor is one of the best ways to ensure new drivers don’t pick up bad habits from the get go, so why not help them choose an instructor who you know will equip with the skills they need to be on the road?
The team from PassSmart.com, who are experts in the driver training industry, explain that choosing a driving instructor depends upon a number of factors. It’s not just price that matters, but also experience, personality and the teaching methods they use.
Learn the rules of the road
It’s one thing developing the skills you need to control a car, but knowing the rules of the road is equally as important. Helping them to revise for their driver’s ed classes, for example, will not only reassure you that they’re getting ready for life on the road, but it will also help you brush up on your own driving knowledge too!
Get some private practice in
Although it’s important to get some professional tuition with a qualified driving instructor, it’s also a good idea for your teen to have some private practice with a family member or friend too.
Sitting in the passenger seat whilst your teen drives you around is bound to be a little odd at first, but you’ll soon get used to the idea of it. If you’re feeling particularly nervous about this, make sure you don’t take them out for any private sessions until they’ve had a couple of lessons with their driving instructor. Let them get to grips with the basics first and you’ll both feel more comfortable about being on the road together.
Learning to drive can be expensive, but the costs don’t end once your teen has got their driving license. If you’re going to help them buy their first car, its important to shop around and find out which vehicles have been rated the best for young drivers.
Look online at ratings and reviews and consider engine size when shopping for a car for your teen, because the bigger the engine, the more their car insurance is likely to cost.
Once they’re on the road…
Make sure they’re equipped with everything they need once they’ve passed their test and have got on the road. They’ll need to make sure they’ve got insurance, breakdown cover and that they know how to look after and maintain their vehicle.
You should also ensure that they take a fully charged mobile with them for the first few times they go out and about alone, just incase they get lost!
Meet Our Guest: Isabelle is a writer for the British based company, PassSmart.com. When she’s not writing about all things motoring, she enjoys traveling and keeping fit in the gym.