You want to give your teen the best education available, with the support they need to be safe while practicing behind the wheel. By choosing I DRIVE SAFELY, you can be confident that your teen will graduate with all the knowledge to become a responsible driver for life. To ensure everyone's safety, we're offering you these tips to feel good when teaching your teen to drive.
- Decide where, what, and how you're going to practice. An empty parking lot is a great choice for your first outing–there's plenty of room and it's a great way to build confidence. When you and your teen are ready, try a side street with little or no traffic.
- Agree on which skill(s) you'll practice before you head out the door.
- Before you leave, make sure you both know exactly where you're going and what route you'll take to get there.
- You'll use the passenger-side mirror as your rear-view mirror when your teen is behind the wheel, so adjust it to work for you.
- Buckle up, relax and take a deep breath. Think to yourself: "I will be calm. I will be patient. I will not panic. I will not raise my voice."
- Give simple and clear-cut directions, providing your teen with ample time to process and react to your request.
- Stay relaxed and remember your mantra.
- Ask your teen to describe what they're seeing, planning, experiencing, etc.
- If you or your teen show signs of stress, take a break.
- Shower them with praise!
- Keep talking to a minimum (unless it's praise).
- If your teen driver makes a mistake, calmly ask them to pull over when it's safe. Discuss the error and prepare for what's next. (Remember, everyone makes mistakes.)
- Sit down and talk about how it went. Let your teen critique your instruction as well!
- Give your teen the chance to review their mistakes and offer suggestions for improvement.
- Remember to praise the good things.
- Finally, review what you both can do to improve next time.
- Teaching safe and smart driving starts long before your teen gets behind the wheel. Talk to your teen about what it means and the skills needed to be a safe driver. It's as important as discussing sex, drugs, and alcohol.
- Use the Parent-Teen Driving Contract to clearly outline all your driving expectations, rules and consequences. Download and make sure everyone signs it.
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