When your teenager reaches the driving age limit, don’t be surprised when all they suddenly become interested in is learning how to drive.
If you do decide to allow your son or daughter learn, the following advice will help you out.
Establish who will teach them
While you might like to teach your teen yourself it is important you check with the Road Safety how many hours they will need to have before they can sit the test. In between lessons is a great way for you to get involved and help your teen, as it allows them to get extra practice, as well as clock some time in the family car
. Take note though, that if you aren't a particularly patient person it might be best to let the instructor do all the work. Get them to organise the instructor as it will encourage them to become more responsible towards their learning.
Set ground rules
It is important you set ground rules. Your adolescent won’t be able to drive on their own until they have their licence so establish who and when they will go practicing with and if they are allowed go with friends. Talk to them about breaking the rules and make sure they are aware of the consequences. While most teens will practice in their parent's car, it is important they are aware that if they do have their own car, the rules are still the same.
Whether or not you are teaching your child to drive, you should still become involved in the process as much as possible. Learning to drive is a big step and one that can be a huge deal for your young adult who is finally getting their independence.
Be mindful of your own driving
When your kids are in the car, they will no doubt be looking at how you drive so keep this in mind. Avoid displaying acts of road rage, keep your eye on the road and talk about why you are doing things like looking in your side mirror. Remember every little helps.
When your teen does something wrong always think back to when you learnt to drive before you give out or sigh in frustration. Keep an eye on your comments and how you phrase things and keep an even pleasant tone. Your teen will be going through a host of emotions from feelings of anxiety to excitement so it is easy for tempers to flare.