Teaching teens to drive

As a parent or guardian, you have a hand in teaching your children a broad spectrum of life skills: saying their first words, riding a bike, even eating without getting food in their hair. Children rely on their parents to take the lead, give them guidance, and show them the right way to do things. The same probably applies to teaching them how to drive. Adams Collision Service has narrowed down three tips you need to know for teaching your teen to drive. Teaching driving skills early on will make safer drivers in the future, help prevent collisions from happening, and help them learn how to deal with stressful driving situations.

Plan ahead

Once your child is ready to start practicing, plan ahead by deciding where you are going to go and what you are going to practice. Give them a heads up on the location they will be driving as well as what skills they will be working on. If they aren’t ready to start practicing, that’s okay. To avoid the anxiousness, don’t pressure them and let them come to you when they are ready.

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Start slow

Your teen is ready to start practicing and it’s your job to lead them. When you first start, go to an empty parking lot and take some time starting, stopping and turning. This will get them comfortable with the vehicle, the pedals, and becoming more aware. Once they are more comfortable, move on to a residential area with a few cars. Start them out slowly and have them build up to higher traffic areas when they are ready. Encourage them to pay close attention to things they might not anticipate, such as animals running out in the road suddenly, and how to react to those situations.

Set a good example

When you are the one driving, make sure to set a good example for your teen when they are the passenger. Don’t try to beat the yellow light, because chances are if you are doing it, so will they. Avoid distractions such as cell phones and music and really focus on driving. Lead by example and remember you are their coach. Give them the guidance they need to be a safe driver.

Being a new driver can be intimidating and accidents do happen. At Adams Collision Service, our customers are our number one priority and we hope you leave our facility forgetting the unpleasant experience that started it all. Using the latest technology and equipment and making sure to not skip corners, we repair your vehicle the right way and treat your vehicle as if it were our own. Call us and schedule a free estimate at 847-961-5409.