Teaching teens how to drive is a daunting task. There is so much for them to learn and so much at stake. The fact that we love and cherish our teenage children makes it even harder, sometimes being counterproductive as we take the educational process too seriously. In the end, if they feel too pressured and too scrutinized, it’s not going to help. To make teaching your teenager how to drive, here are some terrific tips you can use:
Relax. If you are relaxed, then your teen will be as well. They won’t feel your stress, making it easier for them to focus on the road, rather than your reaction to their driving skills.
Start slow. First teach your teen to drive on backroads and in large parking lots. Take your time introducing them to urban traffic and the interstate. It’s important not to rush the process.
Model good driving habits. Be the kind of driver you want your teen to be! If you are teaching them to maintain a healthy distance between them and the car in front of them, and they bring up the fact that you often tailgate, you need to be willing to be honest about it. That is, unless you want them to inherit your bad habits.
Remind them driving is a privilege. Edmunds.com recommends emphasizing this fact to your teen. Although some parents may not choose this approach, explain to your teen that driving is a privilege that can be revoked if they disobey the rules.
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