Learning how to drive and getting your license is a rite of passage for teens. But for parents, it’s often a nerve-wracking experience when your child gets behind the wheel of a car for the first time.
Beat the nerves with these simple tips that will help keep your teen safe on the road.
Limit Their Passengers
Nobody wants to be a buzzkill, but all parents know that teenagers are easily distracted, especially by their friends.
If your teen is just starting to drive, you should restrict the number of passengers allowed to minimize distractions and encourage your teen to focus on their driving.
Invest in a Safer Vehicle
When it comes to what your teen drives, safety — not aesthetics — should be the top priority.
Avoid trucks and SUVs that sit up high, since these are more prone to rollovers. You’ll also want to look for advanced safety features, such as:
- Backup cameras
- Electronic stability control
- Brake assist
- Forward collision warning
- Blind-spot warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning
If you can’t afford to invest in a different vehicle at the moment, don’t fret. Consider adding an in-vehicle monitoring system that monitors your teen’s driving and sends you reports to help hold them accountable while driving.
Enroll Them in Private Driving Lessons
Whether your teen is a brand-new driver or already has a few years of experience, private driving lessons will sharpen their skills and teach them how to be safe and defensive drivers. Additionally, it’s a great way for teens with their learner’s permits to clock more hours in real road conditions.
At Auto Safety Driving School, we’re proud to provide one-on-one lessons to help mold a new generation of safe drivers. Give us a call today at (813) 875-4908 to learn more about scheduling private driving lessons for your teen.