Let’s face it: kids grow up fast. To parents, it can feel like their babies are learning how to walk one day and the next day they’re heading off on their own, so it’s understandable that many parents get stressed out about their kids learning how to drive. When it comes down to it, though, there’s no stopping kids from growing up.
It’s best to accept the inevitable and try to teach teens how to drive safely and responsibly. Parents who are looking for a little bit of help figuring out how to do so can read on to find out how to get From ‘Are We There Yet’ To Taking The Wheel: Teaching Your Teen How To Deal With Disaster On The Road.
Have an Agenda
Before starting a driver training session, take the time to map out a route that travels quiet streets rather than busy thoroughfares and take the time to share it with the teen driver. It’s also a good idea to have a specific agenda set out for what skills he or she will be working on, such as making left turns, maintaining distance, or parallel parking.
It’s easy to panic when something doesn’t go exactly as planned, but panic won’t help anyone. Instead, try to remain calm. Each driving session should be a positive experience for the child rather than a nerve-wracking one. It’s also helpful to give plenty of advanced warning regarding turns rather than to shout directions at the last minute, as doing so can help to reduce stress.
Don’t drive with the radio on and try to keep talking to a minimum. While teen drivers will eventually have to learn how to drive even in the presence of mild distractions, those first few training sessions aren’t the time for them to learn.
Review the Session
Once the training session is over, be sure to go over the entire experience with the teen driver safely at home. Try to accent the positive rather than the negative, but do not hesitate to point out and explain any mistakes. It’s also a good idea to ask for feedback regarding what teen drivers have learned and what they could be doing differently.