How to Coach a Teen to Drive Safely
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DON’T BE BLIND TO THE DANGERS
All too often, parents find it difficult to accept the fact that their teen could be at risk. They suffer from the ‘halo effect’ in a sense and believe that, “It couldn’t happen to my child, she’s a very safe driver.” Keep your child safe by accepting that the dangers exist and establish rules and boundaries around the privilege of driving.
ENGAGE EVERY TIME YOUR TEEN DRIVES AWAY
Mr. Hollister advises parents to know where their teen is headed, what route he is taking, the current traffic and weather conditions, his mental state, the return trip, if there are passengers, and more. It’s a fact that teenagers do not have the cognitive capacity to take all of these preparations into consideration, but the parent does.
THE TEEN DRIVING AGREEMENT
Every parent should draft an agreement that clearly states the dangers, and lists rules and consequences of the violation of those rules. But its primary purpose is to initiate calm and productive conversations about driving, conduct and expectations. It should also be signed and reviewed regularly to keep the important content in the forefront of the teen’s conscious thinking.