Hitting the Road: Driving Tips for Teens (And Their Parents)

learn to driveGetting behind the wheel of a car for the very first time can be nerve-wracking — both for the person doing the driving and the person in the passenger’s seat. While your teen years are a great time to learn to drive, they’re also a prime time for careless accidents. Teens are actually ten times more likely to be involved in a crash during their first year on the road, so it pays to be extra cautious and careful. For teens and parents who’re just getting started with driving lessons, here are a few tips to help keep you safe and sane.

Keep the distractions to a minimum
We all know that cell phones are a big no-no while driving, but when you’re just learning the ropes, even the radio can be seriously distracting. Let the driver focus on the task at hand until the motions become more familiar.

Try professional lessons
Let’s face it: learning how to drive is stressful. While the parent-teen bond can be helpful in learning the basics, sometimes you’re better off passing the job along to an trainer at a drivers education course who knows exactly what they’re doing.

Don’t forget the maintenance needs
There’s more to driving classes than simple stop-and-go traffic lessons. Remember to go over the things that experienced drivers often take for granted, such as how to pump gas, how to fill your wiper fluid, how to jump-start an engine, and maybe even how to change a tire.

Take it slow and steady
Brief practice sessions will help new drivers retain information better. Don’t head to the highway on your first trip out. Start out small, driving just a few blocks or so, and work on one skill at a time. Eventually, all of the basics will come together as you learn to drive.

Driving a vehicle is a tremendous privilege, but it also carries great responsibility. Make sure that you get the best drivers education you can to make sure that the roads are safe not only for your teens, but for all of the drivers out there.

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