Driving Lesson Tips for Parents

Many parents feel nervous when they think about teaching a teen to drive. The whole process can be stressful and terrifying—for both the parent and the child. That’s why it pays to take a breath and think through every driving lesson before you give it. Here are some tips to help the entire learning process.

 

Model good habits.

 

Your son or daughter will get their first driving lesson by watching you. If you text and drive, chances are they will, too. Remember to act like the driver you want them to become.

 

Start slow.

 

Just focus on one or two skills at a time. Take your teen to an empty parking lot or deserted road and practice braking and then turning and then signaling, etc. People learn at different paces, so encourage them to have patience with themselves.  

 

Emphasize focus.  

 

Don’t allow your child to drive with a phone in their hand during a driving lesson. Silence the radio, as well. Make sure your teen stays focused on the road in front of them. You should also limit passengers—even after they get a license. The fewer distractions, the better.

 

Stay calm.

 

Remember that your child is probably also nervous about driving, so remain calm and correct them gently. Do not raise your voice.

 

Never overestimate your teen’s experience.

 

Your child needs to be careful even after he or she earns a license. You might want to continue riding in the passenger’s seat for a while and limit the number of passengers they can carry. Your teen may have passed the driver’s test, but that doesn’t they can handle every situation that occurs behind a wheel.

 

Get additional insurance.

 

This isn’t a driving lesson tip, but it’s still a good idea. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens crash at much higher rates than drivers in any other age group. That’s why we recommend an umbrella policy for your child’s auto insurance. This will offer additional protection to accommodate the increased risk. Call a Hibbs agent to learn more.