Before your teenager gets their drivers license, there are several things you will want to teach them besides just how to drive. Many any accidents are caused by speeding, texting, and/or inexperience. Helping your teen get the practice they need in various conditions and the giving them some important warnings will help keep them safe. Here are five prerequisites to teen drivers license to go over with your teen before they start driving without you in the car.
What To Teach Your Teen Before They Get Their Drivers License:
Sure, your teen has to know how to drive a car before they can get their drivers license but, here are some other things they should know too!
1. Start Driver Training Early
Children learn the basics of how to drive long before the legal driving age is reached. If Mom and Dad drive fast, the new driver will too. If Mom and Dad do not wear seat belts, neither will the teen driver. If Mom and Dad talk on cell phones and text while driving, so will the young driver. Actions speak louder than warnings or threats of punishment. Children have ridden along with parents for tens of thousands of miles learning what Mom and Dad do or do not do while driving.
As soon as your teen is old enough to get a drivers learning permit, get them to study and take the test. The more time they have their learning permit, the more practice they can get driving with a parent before they get their license. The more practice, the better driver they will be become, especially with you there to coach them.
2. Teach Teens About Insurance Rates
Show teen drivers the monthly cost to insure them. Require new drivers to pay the extra premiums. Let teens view the actual insurance bill before and after they have been added. Get a brochure from the insurance agency or have an agent explain rate increases for speeding tickets and accidents. Show the real cost for even a tiny fender bender accident. Teens should understand the privilege and gravity of driving and take responsibility.
3. Teach The Details About Vehicles
Show teen drivers the weight of the vehicle found on a sticker on the door post. Let the thought of how they will be driving a vehicle that weighs more than a ton at speeds that carry them the length of a football field in less than four seconds sink in. The concept of miles per hour is often lost on teens. Explaining that at 60 miles per hour a distance of 88 feet per second is traveled is easier to assimilate. According to Texas A&M Transportation Institute, teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter following distances. Understanding that statistic may help them be more aware and do a better job leaving safe distances.
Also, be sure to share with your teens other details about the vehicle they will be driving such as where the spare tire is and how to change it. They also clearly need to know where the gas tank is and how to fill the tank. Test their knowledge of where the wipers are and where the lights are. Go over the safety lights that may appear on the dash.
4. Take Them Driving in All Conditions
A teen may get a license in the summer and have no winter or rainy season driving experience. The first day the weather gets bad is the day to go and teach. Do not let a teen driver figure out how to drive in bad weather alone. They should get experience driving in poor weather with you at their side to coach them. They need to know when to use high beams and other useful bad weather safety tips.
5. Sign Teens Up For a Driving Course
OK, so they may already know the basics of how to drive but a driver’s education course should help reinforce those basics as well as make them aware of common dangers. Additionally, there are driving schools that teach advanced skill sets such as how to handle vehicles in high-risk situations. Both timid and adventurous teen drivers benefit by knowing the truth about how to handle vehicles in extreme situations to help avoid fatal errors. Many drivers swear by defensive driving classes and many insurance companies offer a discount for taking a driving course. Check with your insurance to see what classes qualify and what the discount will be.
I hope you found these The key to safe driving and teens is learning real skill sets on how to handle bad weather, aggressive drivers, friends who try to encourage bad driving and other risks. Do not hesitate to take away driving privileges for infractions. It could save your child’s life.