When Should Your Child Drive?

As your child approaches their mid teen years, they will more than likely have a yearning to drive. If that is the case, are you ready for that to occur?

For many parents, letting their teen get a learner’s permit and then a driver’s license can leave them a bit uneasy.

While teens getting a permit and then a license will be normal, there is the fear that a child will get into an accident.

In the event you have some of those fears, how can you help reduce them over time?

Teaching Your Teen How to Be a Great Driver

So that your son or daughter will end up being a safe driver in the years to come, keep a few pointers in mind:

  1. Lessons – Whether through driver’s ed in school or you teach them, make sure they get good instruction. One thing you have to keep in mind is that teens do not have the experience of older drivers. As such, they do not always know how to react when put in a tight spot on the roads. Without scaring them, let them know what some situations are they might find behind the wheel.
  2. Distractions – It is no surprise distractions can be dangerous for teens. To decrease the odds of your teen getting distracted behind the wheel, remind them of what not to do. This includes no phones, avoiding obsession with a radio or CD player, and steering clear of too much talk. By focusing on the road, your teen will be much safer.
  3. Drinking – You see it all too often on the news. In fact, it does not even have to be prom or graduation season for teens to end up dying on the roads. Instill in your child over and over again that drinking and driving is not the way to go. Not only is it against the law, but it can have a deadly impact on their life.
  4. Timeliness – Is your teen one who tends to always be running late? If the answer is yes, they could end up in an accident due to it. Whether going to school, activities or to hang out with friends, make sure your teen doesn’t push his or her luck. By leaving on time, they will be much more likely to get to their final destination in one piece.

Can Your Teen Handle Basic Repairs?

There may come a time when your teen will have their car breakdown. If so, can they handle basic repairs like a flat tire or something else with ease

Go over with your teen how to handle some of the more simple repairs they may confront when out on their own. In doing this, you will not only make them safer, but it will instill some confidence in them.

Last, make sure you have a towing service in the event the family vehicle or even their car or truck needs towing. The last thing you want is having them stuck out on some lonesome road for hours at a time.

So, with all this in mind, when should your child drive?

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When Should Your Child Drive?

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