Six Tips to Give Your Child About Driving

teen boy smiling in driver's seat as adult hands him car keys

Editor’s note: This post could not be more timely, since here at Earnest Parenting we have 2 young men who are learning to drive. Eek.

The time has come to put your child behind the wheel. Many youngsters today have experience driving a go-kart, golf cart, or some other type of vehicle, but the street is an entirely different venue. The parent should give some basic driving tips before the lessons begin.

1. Relax

The apprehension for each child is different, so the parent needs to know the thoughts and feelings of each individual. Many will feel the pressure of learning while others will find driving second nature. For every one, though, it is important to be relaxed behind the wheel.

2. Pay attention to all your instructors have to say

As with any new venture, instructions are invaluable. Remind the student that his instructor is there for a reason. Now is the best time to ask questions so that they understand the rules of the road and the procedures that drivers should follow. A Milwaukee DUI lawyer encouraged driver’s education students to pay particular attention to the dangers that are presented to drinking and driving.

3. Remind them of the privilege vs. the right

Driving is not a right for every sixteen year old. A motor vehicle is a dangerous thing if it is misused, and nearly every young person is oblivious, at least in part, to the hazards of the road. Every teen driver must realize that operating a vehicle is a privilege, and the privilege can be revoked by the state if it is abused. A parent needs to also set boundaries to remind the new driver that the privilege is earned and not guaranteed.

4. Encourage them about the responsibility

Once driving becomes a regular part of life, apathy can set in. Responsibility behind the wheel is mandatory. Emphasis on the fact that a vehicle is a dangerous weapon when abused is a good idea.

5. Never allow passengers to distract you

As the driver gains experience, it becomes much easier to allow passengers to be distracting while on the road. Set guidelines about how many passengers can ride and who those passengers can be. Every teen has some peers that could pose issues while on the road. The immature motorist needs to realize that he can control who rides with him and what he will allow to take his attention off the road.

6. Have fun

Lastly, remind every child that driving is a wonderful opportunity to have freedom. However, with freedom comes more responsibility. Warnings and instruction are necessary, but be sure to let the individual know that driving can be fun and will open up the opportunity for many new adventures.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents facing the daunting task of teaching their child safe driving.

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