Driver education is often overlooked by parents until their kids reach an age, when they’re qualified to begin driving, but what about the years until then.
Wouldn’t it make you happy to see your teenager drive like a pro at the age of fifteen or even less? On average, 92% of children in the United States don’t learn to drive until they start taking driver’s education classes, that means that average new driver has six months of knowledge and a month or two of actual driving experience before getting on the roads in their own car or truck. That is a bit scary, because roads don’t differ for them versus the 45 year old person with over twenty years of driving experience.
Thinking about it makes you think, whether or not it is safe and does the Department Of Motor Vehicles have procedures and tests in place to prepare all those kids for safe driving. In our opinion, the answer is NO! Feel free to look at the statistics for drinking and driving and car crash accident related fatalities. Most of those drivers are under 25 years of age. Unfortunately the newspaper didn’t break down the statistics by specific age, but the numbers don’t like for age groups.
Here’s how you, as a parent, can prepare your kids for driving.
- Be an example
Being a parent means, being a role model to your kids. believe it or not, but they look up to you and will eventually start mimicking your actions. The best way to begin their driving experience, is by driving like a pro. Not a racing pro, but a professional, every day driver. Often times they might seem like they aren’t watching or care, but have faith and do the right thing even when you think that they aren’t watching. They’ll learn what’s important subconsciously.
- Hands on experience
I remember when my mother would take me to this old, abandoned airport runway and have me drive there while she was in the passenger seat. There’s absolutely no traffic, so it wasn’t a real life experience, but the feel of operating a vehicle early on was priceless. I was fourteen or so, super excited to drive around on my own. Nowadays, I’d rather chill in the passenger or back seat and avoid the driving. The point is that theory is a very small part of a skill such as driving. Hands on education is where the money is! Find a safe area and let them try it out!
- Educate and again educate
Tell your kids about experiences you’ve had as a young driver, people you know who got in trouble and their stories. Educate your children about good and bad habits and how those combine with operating a car when there are people all around you. Paint a picture and be sure to never stop educating them.
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Thanks for reading and stay safe out there!