Teaching Your Teen To Drive: A How To Guide

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There is no greater blessing in the world than children. They are a constant source of wonder and amazement. They complete you. They smell good and love you unconditionally. They trust you without fail and then. they become teenagers. In the blink of an eye - it seems - their pleas change from, "Daddy, watch me!" to, "Daddy, buy me a car." Because this is an absolute fact, you should devise a plan.

Your first reaction will probably be one of fear, but try to fight it. Teaching your teen to drive need not be something you dread. The two of you can enjoy this experience and use it to strengthen the bond with each other. A little preparation can go far toward keeping you both out of therapy until you reach your goal. Here are some tips.

. You should discuss the responsibilities of driving before your teenager ever takes the wheel. Websites such as CarInsuranceQuotes.net are great resources for teen accident statistics. You don't want to scare them away from driving, but they need to understand the importance of vigilance. Young adults tend to feel invincible and think that nothing bad can ever happen to them.

. Children begin their driver training at an early age by watching you. If you tailgate, curse at drivers or make obscene gestures, there is a good chance your teen will do the same. You should try to teach by example and emphasize positive driving behavior.

. The location of your teenager's first lesson is a key factor in how they react to driving. The middle of a busy city and the freeway at rush hour are less than ideal places to learn to control a vehicle. Drive around until you find an empty parking lot or a big field. Your trainee is nervous and will make mistakes. It's better for both of you if the mistakes do not involve ramming into the side of a new Mercedes-Benz.

. You should start slowly and keep your instructions simple. It is not necessary that your teen be able to execute a three-point turn or parallel park on the first lesson. Try to see things from her perspective. Your teen does not have the benefit of the years of experience that you have.

. Keep the lessons short at the beginning. Take a break or stop for the day if the tension begins to impede learning. The stress of learning a new skill can quickly turn to anger and resentment if not monitored closely.

. Many states now require a specific number of training hours - both day and night - before a teen can take the license exam. Encourage your new driver to practice at every opportunity.

You can teach your teenager to be a skilled, responsible driver. With the right mixture of patience and love, a terrifying prospect can become a cherished memory.