Best ways to teach a teen to drive
Getting your license for the first time is exhilarating and unforgettable. We bet you remember where you went the first time alone when you just got your license and we also bet you remember the way you felt when you hit the open road by yourself. There’s nothing quite like that first time driving by yourself, but it takes a lot to get to that point.
Nowadays, there are a number of different requirements before a new driver can legally get behind the wheel, but the basics of driving still remain the same: treat the vehicle with respect and always keep a cool head.
It can be easy to remember this when you’ve been driving for year, but to new drivers, everything is scary, exciting and nerve wracking. Ford knows this, and in response is hosting a few different driving camps that 1,500 teens are attending across six states in the midwest. While that doesn’t necessarily apply to new drivers in the North Carolina-area, we thought it might be nice to go over a few tips and tricks when it comes to learning about some of the best ways to teach a teen to drive.
First, it is ESSENTIAL to remember to remain calm at all times. Your new driver will make mistakes, but you have to remember to keep a cool head and show them the best ways to deal with road conflict. For example, if they see you giving another driver the finger for following too closely, they will likely pick up on that behavior too. The best thing to do in a situation like that is to remain calm and move into the other lane to let the driver pass.
Another tip to remember when you are teaching your teen to drive is to put yourself in their shoes. Driving may seem second-nature to you, but to them it is something that is completely new.
Finally, we wanted to mention the importance of talking to your teen about impaired driving because motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death among American teens. So remind them to buckle up, stay safe and alert at all times and be an example for your teen.
What are some of the best tips or tricks you learned when it comes time to teach a teen to drive?