1- Please lead by example: Model safe driving habits yourself. Your behavior on the road significantly influences your new driver's habits.
2- Practice, Practice, Practice: Spending ample time practicing various behind-the- wheel driving scenarios help your new drivers develop the proper muscle memory as well as gain confidence, comfortability and proper habits needed for not only for passing the Test but also to become safe drivers.
3- Be patient and verbally clear in your directions: This is extremely important for your teens especially through the beginning stages of learning. Understand that learning to drive can be stressful for both parents and teens. Be supportive and maintain a positive attitude throughout the process.
4- Open Communication: Create an open environment where your teen feels comfortable discussing any concerns or experiences they encounter while driving.
5- Teach Responsibility: Discuss the responsibilities that come with driving, including maintenance checks, fueling up and handling emergency situations.
6- Set Rules and Boundaries: Establish clear rules, such as curfews, passenger limits and phone usage while driving.
Most important, enjoy this moment! This is a huge milestone and should be approached with kindness, patience and structure. Take the time to discuss the good and the not so good. Be courteous, laugh if needed and know that being scared or nervous is also okay.