When it comes time for your teenager to start driving it can be a nerve-racking time for just about any parent. You want to make sure that they are safe on the road.

You also want to ensure that they are getting the right training so they know how to keep themselves safe on the road. It’s a tall order and there’s a lot for them to know.

Here’s a look at some of the main things you should be doing for your teenager to help them stay safe on the road.

Set an Example

The first thing you’re going to do is to make sure that you are setting a good example. Remember you are the role model for your child and if you are not observing traffic laws, wearing seat belts and doing everything that is necessary to make sure you are safe on the road, it’s unlikely that they’re going to do it as well.

Furthermore, if you tell them to, they might throw it back in your face and tell you that you’re not doing it. Make sure that you are doing as you are telling them to do. Even if you live in one of the safest driving states, your teen still needs to exercise caution on the road.

Be a Supportive Passenger

You need to make sure that you are a supportive passenger when you are riding in your teenagers car or you have given them yours to drive. Take a look at their driving skill and give encouragement and offer feedback that they would consider constructive.

This is one time when you should use your words wisely and be careful what you say. Remember that you don’t want to build insecurity as they may already have a fragile ego because they’re not too confident about the way they drive. Always make sure you give constructive advice and also watch your tone.

Lay Down the Law

Before you put your teenager behind the wheel you need to make sure that you are establishing ground rules about what you expect. They need to understand what proper driving behavior is, be aware of any restrictions you may have on passengers they can carry, cell phone use while driving and even night driving as well.

You need to lay down the law and let them know the rules and regulations that you are enforcing. You also need to have consequences should they step outside the confines and boundaries of these rules and regulations.

Help Them Prepare for Emergencies

We all know that there are common roadside emergencies that can happen. You need to make sure that your teen is prepared for them.

Dead batteries, flat tires and small mechanical issues can arise at any time. Make sure you teach them how to safely pull over when they need to and use your house when it is necessary.

You should also make sure that they are informed about the numbers for emergency services. Throw in some emergency supplies in the vehicle such as jumper cables, tire jacks and flashlights.

It might be wise also to put in a first aid kit in there as well. You never know when physical accidents can happen.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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