Mommy Katie: Is Your Teenager Itching to Drive?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Is Your Teenager Itching to Drive?

Has the time come where your teen has that itch to get behind the wheel? If so, how do you scratch it?

For many moms and dads, the notion that their teenager wants to learn how to drive can be a scary proposition.

To start, there is the idea that their loved one will be out on the roads with an infinite number of other drivers. Although an accident may very well not come your teen’s way, the thought of one likely bothers you.

Remember, keeping your loved one safe is a 24/7 job no matter how you slice it.

There is also the added expense of having another driver in the family.

A teen driving means added wear-and-tear on a family vehicle more times than not. There are also extra expenses for gas etc.

So, if your teen is itching to drive, will you agree to let them do it?

Always Make Safety the Top Focus

So that your teen is in the safest position possible to drive, remember a few pointers:

1. Timing – Does your teen want a learner’s permit? When the answer is yes, make sure they are responsible enough to know all the ins-and-outs of driving. As they prepare to take the tests for both a learner’s permit and their license, their attitude is critical. Will they take getting behind the wheel in a serious manner? Will they be good at avoiding road distractions? Will they contribute to the upkeep of the vehicle you may end up letting them borrow or even buying for them? These are all questions that you would love to have the answers for before allowing them to drive.

2. Distractions – In mentioning those distractions, make sure your teen does not become overwhelmed. For example, is your teen someone who is in love with their cell phone? In the event that is the case, they could be in danger when out on the roads. The same holds true for those who come across your teen behind the wheel. Make sure your teen knows that using a cell phone to call or text when driving is not an option. All too often, it only takes a split-second interaction with the phone to lead to disaster.

3. Upkeep – Even if your teen uses a family car until they can afford one, they can pitch-in with maintenance. No, this doesn’t mean you expect your teen to spend hundreds of dollars on the vehicle when it needs maintenance. What it does mean is that they should be looking for red flags. Such issues as bad brakes or tires, burned out lights, and other related matters are critical.

Safety Never Gets Old

Even once your teenage has his or her driver’s license, the learning behind the wheel never ends.

That said how much discipline do you dish out if your teen does something bad when driving?

Among some of the issues that can crop up:

· Drinking and driving

· Reckless driving

· One or more traffic tickets

· Letting the vehicle go to the point it needs notable maintenance

While you never want your teen in an accident, they can be learning opportunities.

Make sure your teen understands they did something wrong and they will try to never let it occur again.

So if your teen is itching to drive, are you ready to give them what they want?






1 comments:

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

This is such a nail-biting time. My husband is much more patient when it comes to teaching our kids to drive. We both discuss driving safety and personal responsibility with them.