How to Teach Your Teenager to Drive Safely

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One of the most terrifying periods in the life of an adult parent is when their teenage son or daughter obtains a driver’s permit and then a driver’s license. Although this event can bring anxiety and trepidation for even the most prepared parents, there are several tips to help introduce safety to your teenage driver from the onset. Setting good habits from the get go will cut down on your chances of spending a lot of time in the office of a car accident attorney.

Set a Good Example:
The easiest way to introduce safety to your new driver is to set a positive example. Even though they may act confident and sure of themselves, teenage drivers are scared and are looking for good examples of positive driving behavior. The more you can exhibit a calm demeanor and safe driving habits, the better prepared they’ll feel when they take the wheel.

In the months before your teenage driver is preparing to get their drivers permit, take the opportunity to verbalize concerns and possible situations as you encounter them in the car. For example, walk through the process of merging onto the major highway as your future driver is sitting in the front seat watching you do it. Of course, it’s going to take a practice to master the skill, but the more you have introduced them to the various issues of driving, the more confident they’ll feel when it’s time to practice. If you are a somewhat dangerous or aggressive driver, use this as an opportunity to work on habits in order to set a positive example for your son or daughter.

Give Them Room To Practice:
Make sure you schedule time to practice driving skills with your teenager. Make sure not to introduce them to only one type of driving situation. Eventually, your child is going to confront a variety of driving situations on different types of roads and areas. Try not to panic too much as they encounter dangerous situations- instead guide them calmly through the various driving challenges they’ll confront on the open road. If you’re noticing certain trends that disturb you, such as a problem braking in time or excessive speed, give them more opportunities to practice. State guidelines recommend a certain number of hours in the car for practice. However, this does not mean this is where you have to stop.

Expect Mistakes:
It’s likely that your teenage driver will be pulled over by the police and experience a few mishaps- consider it part of the learning experience. In fact, for some teenagers, having these smaller accidents can help remind them of their human frailty, and encourage them to engage in safer behavior in the future. Try to focus on their safety, but don’t be scared to set boundaries if you notice a series of accidents that are endangering your teen or the lives of others. Much of the driving experience is related to confidence, so give your child time to grow into a comfortable and safe driving pattern of behavior. If your child has already been the victim of an accident, contact Gemma Law immediately.



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