When your teenager has just passed their driving test, it’s the best time of their life. They’re making the most of their newly found freedom by taking on the open road.
As a parent, however, it can be pretty terrifying. You know that there are things you only learn through experience and that it’s hard to trust other road users.
Here are three pieces of advice to give to your teen who’s new to the road.
Remind them of the dangers of distracted driving
When you’re a new driver, it’s hard to appreciate the dangers of not giving the road your full attention.
With a car full of friends, and a busy social life, there’s a higher risk of your teenager talking on the phone or texting while they’re behind the wheel.
Make sure you talk to your teen about the importance of concentrating while they’re driving – especially when they have passengers in the vehicle that they’re responsible for.
You can also set an example through your driving. Don’t be tempted to check your phone, drink coffee, or eat your breakfast while you’re on the road.
Make sure they know basic car maintenance
This doesn’t mean they need to be a mechanic. What is important for them to know is simple things such as how to top up the oil, fill the windshield wiper fluid, and change a tire.
If your teen finds themselves broken down with a flat tire, or unable to see through a dirty windshield, they can quickly start to panic. Knowing how to do these things can make all the difference.
Advise on the dangers of adverse weather
The difference between driving in bad weather and on a clear, sunny day can be huge. Excessive wind or heavy rain can all affect how the car drives and stopping distances.
Unfortunately, no matter how conscientious your teen driver is, they cannot control the behavior of other people. If they’ve been hurt due to the negligence of someone else, make sure you look into your legal options.