A Guide For Parents Of Young Drivers

For a teen nothing can be more exciting than knowing you are about to begin that all important step into independence by driving. Yet, the same scenario brings fear to the heart of a parent. For many it is too stressful to even consider but the time approaches for all teens. To help young drivers along here is a parent’s guide for young drivers. These tips will help parents better prepare their young driver to make smart and mature decisions when it comes to driving.

  1. Remember that you should not consider your young driver fully trained once they get their license. Driving skills are continuously being tested and it will pay off for the parent to ride occasionally with the young driver and to discuss how they feel they are doing. Help your child plan out unfamiliar trips ahead of time and discuss their expectations of the terrain as well as the level of traffic they will encounter. Overseeing your child’s progression behind the wheel is the best step to helping them make smart decisions. It is also the best opportunity for them to ask you for more instruction, guidance, and how to be safer behind the wheel.
  2. When you have a scheduled training time do your best to get your teen to the instruction session on time or if you are doing the training then do your best to keep the schedule as it has been set. It shows that you are taking the training seriously and that it is an important process for you. Share ahead of time with your child what they can expect to be trained in the next session. Let them know of any “out of the car” work they can do to prepare such as reading up in a printed guide or observing while being a passenger in the car.
  3. Discuss that there are other responsibilities besides being a safe driver when the car is moving. There are responsibilities that are financial such as carrying car insurance and doing maintenance such as keeping good tires on the car or making sure fluids are at safe levels.
  4. When it comes time for a teen to start driving before they can do so they have to learn through instruction how to drive. It is important that a parent think ahead and decide how this will occur. If a parent doesn’t think they are up for the task in training their teen to drive then they need to find a professional or other trusted person to do the training. If a parent does want to take on the task then they need to be prepared for a time of patience to keep communication flowing freely and the teen able to learn and progress at a speed that is best for them.
  5. Don’t skip out on learner driver insurance. This is an affordable car insurance product that will cover your child while they are learning. By letting your child know you are carrying the insurance and discussing how car insurance works you are opening up for a training exercise in what to do in the case of an accident. It also opens up the discussion on choosing a safe and insurance affordable car to drive over popular fast sporty cars when you are a young driver.
  6. It is important to understand that young drivers are going to have more expensive car insurance. The reason is because young drivers are inexperienced when it comes to driving and they are more likely to be involved in a car accident. This means the risk of insuring them is high which makes premiums high in cost. It is true they are going to be hit with higher premiums but there are ways to save money. By choosing a more insurance friendly car to drive then a policy will be less expensive. Also choosing a car insurance product geared toward young drivers can save money. Black box car insurance is a very good choice for young drivers. It rewards for safe driving habits and helps a young driver prove they are less of a risk than their peers when it comes to being insurable.
  7. Be honest on the car insurance policy application when it comes time to get regular car insurance for your teen driver. Don’t fall for the temptation to list yourself as the primary driver on an application when you are not the primary driver. First of all it is considered fraud and should not be done for that reason alone. However the most important reason is that you could be putting your child and your family at great financial risk. When a car insurance company determines the application was false and the young driver was indeed the primary driver then any claims can be denied by the provider.
  8. Set rules and boundaries from the very beginning and stick to them. By discussing the expectations you have and why the rules are in place you can have a clearer understanding set up between both of you as to what should or should not occur when it comes to driving. Things such as the use of a mobile phone while driving to the number of passengers allowed in the car should be covered topics. It should also be discussed the hours a young driver will be allowed to drive such as no driving during late hours since that is a high accident time for drivers. By discussing the rules with your child in the very beginning they know the expectations you have for them and that with the freedom of driving on their own comes more responsibility.

In review, it may be hard at times but it pays off to be patient, open to discussion and to set rules up front. Your child is going to be very excited about this new opportunity that all teens experience. They have probably been counting down the days with their friends. By preparing carefully for training and setting rules you too can share in the joy they will experience in learning to drive. You will be helping them through another of life’s tasks by teaching them to be responsible as well as safe in the days ahead.