With so many teenagers getting their license for the first time this year, we wanted to feature some tips that will help ease the anxiety parents get with their first teen driver. There are many ways to handle this situation, everything from setting rules and consequences to monitoring your teen driver with an app.
Today we are going to share the best tips for your first teen driver so that you, and your teen, can rest easier knowing that this new stage in life is not going to be overly stressful.
Get to Know Your Car
Make sure your teen gets to know their car. Take the time to show them where the spare tire is and other important details. This will ensure your teen is better equipped to handle mishaps like a flat tire or other situations that can occur while they are out on the open road.
Discuss various distractions with your first teen driver. Your teenager may not realize that having their cell on vibrate is going to be a distraction or having a passenger. Discuss the various distractions your teen can face so they can be more aware of what to remove or adjust to ensure maximum safety behind the wheel while driving.
Establish Ground Rules
Another important part of handling your first teen driver is to establish some ground rules. They may have their own vehicle or be driving yours. Either way, they need to know what is expected of them when they are driving in any vehicle. Establishing these ground rules will help everyone be on the same page and open communication lines so that your teen feels more confident disclosing issues with you.
Lastly, your first teen driver may want to be out later than they typically could in the past. While some states have a specific ban on what time a teen driver cannot drive within, other states may not. Try to work with your tee to set a reasonable curfew based on their work hours, the local laws, and what you’re most comfortable with.
Ultimately what you want to do is create a safe, and open environment where your teen feels comfortable and confident being a teen driver for the first time. You’ll want to be calm when something goes wrong, listen, and discuss the situation with your first teen driver so that they are more open to coming to you in the future with issues, good and bad.