4 Safety Steps For Teaching Teens To Drive

As a parent, knowing your teen will be driving soon can be scary. Due to the amount of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents, many parents worry about their teens getting behind the wheel. Most teens are excited and eager to learn how to drive. This is an important opportunity for parents to properly teach their teen to drive safely. By following this guide, you will be able to make sure your teen is ready for the road. Here are 4 safety steps for teaching teens to drive.

Step 1: Introduce the Vehicle

Before you head out on the road with your teen, you must familiarize them with the vehicle they are driving. Every vehicle is different, but they all have the same important features. You should make sure to show your teen where the following things are located and how to use them:

  • Ignition key or button
  • Headlights
  • Windshield wipers
  • Dashboard
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Gas and brake petals
  • Emergency brake
  • Gear stick

Make sure to go over with your teen how to gas up a vehicle, what to do if an emergency light comes up on the dash, and a few defensive driving tips. It is important your teen is comfortable with the vehicle they are driving before starting up the vehicle.

Step 2: Maneuver the Vehicle

Now that your teen is familiar with the vehicle itself, it is time for them to start driving. The best way to comfortably teach your teen to maneuver the car is in an empty parking lot. This way your teen will not become over-whelmed and you can avoid accidents with other vehicles. Make sure to teach your teen how to perform the following actions safely:

  • Stop and start car
  • Make turns using directionals
  • Back the car up
  • Park the car
  • How to press the brake and gas petal

Step 3: Drive on the Road with Other Vehicles

Once you feel that your teen is ready for the road, you can take them on more active roads. The best time to take a new teen driver on the road is early on a weekend morning, when there are less drivers out. You should make sure to go over with your teen how to perform the following actions safely and emphasize how important it is to not ignore them.

  • Switch lanes (check blind spots)
  • U-turns
  • Maintaining a proper speed (obeying signs)
  • Intersections
  • Stop signs (two-way and four-way)
  • Stay attentive and be courteous

Step 4: Advanced Driving Skills

After a few months and a lot of practice driving on the road, your teen will be almost ready to get their license. Though your anxiety may be at an all-time high, you must make sure to breathe and teach them a few more advanced skills. You should have them drive on:

  • Highways and freeways
  • At night
  • During poor weather conditions, such as rain

This will prepare them for more intense driving conditions. Make sure to remind your teen how dangerous it is to text and drive. Texting while driving is the cause of most teen-involved accidents.

Once you’ve taught your teen all that you know, it’s time to let them use these safe driving skills on their own.

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