KIDS

Driving 101

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Summer road trips provide new drivers an excellent opportunity to improve on the skills they learned in the classroom. Check out these tips to get your new driver ready for summer adventures.

Learning to drive

Every driver has a different experience on how (and when) they learned to drive. Some schools offer driving as a core subject, others students are taught by professional driving program, and the majority are taught by relatives armed with nerves of steel. .

Driver distraction
Everyone has certain habits on the road, both good and bad, but 29 percent of Americans recognized speeding as worst habit. Other bad habits include talking or texting, changing lanes without signaling and not wearing a seatbelt. Before your teen turns on the car, put all phones in the glove compartment, and keep the playlist turned down.

Practice, practice, practice
If you want your teenager to become a great driver—it doesn’t happen overnight. The reality is takes many hours and miles to acquire the skills, confidence and know-how to navigate the twists and turns your child will encounter as they pull out of your driveway. The more time you spend coaching them through various driving conditions during their permit phase, the more confidence they will have when they take their first solo drive.

Confidence counts
Your teen needs to be encouraged they are equipped with the skills and maturity to become an excellent driver—and you are their to help them navigate the journey. If you have a child who is hesitant to drive, don’t force the issue—if they’re not comfortable or are fearful, they aren’t ready to begin this season of life.

Talk early and often
If you have multiple children in your family, start talking about street names, directions and driving tips as they grow up. It’s never too early to start building a memory base on things they should remember as they begin their driving adventure.