Knowing the right time is for your teenager to get a learner’s permit and then a driver’s license can be challenging.
On the one hand, you want your teen to have the freedom you more than likely did when you were that age. But, you are likely protective of your teen. As such, you want to make sure they are as safe as possible out on the roads.
That said how do you know when the timing is right to start the engine on your teen driving?
Make Safety the Number One Priority
For your teen to be as safe as possible when he or she gets out there for the very first time, remember a few key pointers:
- Education – The driving education they receive is key to their safety and the safety of others. In teaching your child how to drive, make sure you focus on them knowing the various rules of the road. Sure, even some adults do not understand all the different driving laws that are out there. That said knowing as many of the rules as possible will make your teen a safer driver in the end. From studying a DMV written test to performing well in the driving test, drive home studying.
- Vehicle – What kind of car or truck will your teen be driving? You may allow them to use the family vehicle or you might opt to buy them a second-hand vehicle. You might even decide that a brand new vehicle for your teen is worth the money. No matter the decision, be sure the vehicle is as safe as can be. The last thing you want is your teen operating a car or truck that is not fit for the roads.
- Friends – While it is fine for your teen to have his or her friends with them, make sure they are not distracted. Having friends in a vehicle can lead to distractions of all kinds. From cell phone usage to talking in-person, accidents can happen. Also remind your teen that it is never a good idea to drink and drive with their friends.
- Drowsiness – Even though older adults get tired too, teens have a tendency to like to sleep a lot of hours. Make sure your teen is always awake when they start off driving somewhere. As with drinking and distracted driving, operating a vehicle while drowsy is bad too. If your teen is not feeling up to speed with driving, they should not be behind the wheel.
Don’t Pressure Your Teen
Some parents may feel the need to pressure their teenagers into getting a driver’s license.
Your best bet is to let your teen go after his or her permit and then license when they are ready to. If you pressure them, it sends the wrong message. It can also lead them to flunking the written or even driving part of the test.
In the event your teen is not in a big hurry to get a license, go with the flow.
By letting them do it when they feel most comfortable, they are more likely to end up being a good driver as a result.