Parents play a huge role in helping their teens gain as much
experience as possible before they get intermediate licenses and
start to drive without a parent or other supervisor in the vehicle.
Before you begin, ask yourself a few questions.
dedicate several hours a week to practice driving with your teen?
AAA recommends your teen complete
at least 100 hours of supervised practice driving
before being allowed to drive solo.
Are you committed
to coaching in different driving conditions and at different times
of the day? Its best to start off
in basic low-risk situations and gradually
move to more complex situations, such as highways and driving
in the rain.
Are you patient
enough to provide constructive feedback? There may be times when
you want to yell, but remind
yourself to remain calm, patient and positive
and talk through the driving choices your teen makes. When necessary,
agree to take a breather and work it out.
Are you a
good role model? Your teen has been watching you drive for years,
but you might want to step up your
driving game now. Always wear your safety belt,
obey traffic laws, never talk or text on the phone while driving,
dont speedthe list goes on and
on, but remember, lead by example.
As the parent, your job is to manage and coach your teen into
becoming a safe, experienced driver. Youre in charge and
can control how quickly your teen gets to drive under new conditions.
Keep in mind, if your teen is breaking family rules or not being
a responsible partner in the process, you can delay licensure.
You control the car keys and your teens license.
Although your teen should be driving with you as much as possible
now, youll want to get behind the wheel yourself occasionally,
with your teen as a passenger. Such demo drives allow
you to discuss what youre doing as you drive, what youre
looking at, what youre thinking about and how youre