One day they’re whining ‘Are we there yet?’, the next, you are sitting white-knuckled in the passenger seat as they master the fine art of parallel parking. At Bill Harris Auto Center, we understand that letting your teen drive can be overwhelming -but it is important to be positive and have faith in your teen’s ability to take driving seriously.
In addition to the rules of the road, your own experience is an invaluable tool for the learning process. But things have changed since us old folks have learned how to drive, so we’ve compiled a list of modern tips to help you out. Pair your own advice with these tips to round out your Driver’s Ed toolbox.
No Texting and Driving. Even seasoned drivers have become the victims of texting and driving. Distractions while driving are a leading cause for accidents, and should not be taken lightly. Remind your teen that they are piloting a two-ton hunk of steel, and that no texts or calls are that important.
No Texting and Stopping! It bears repeating. No Phone. Period. We’ve all seen them, the teen who takes an interest in their lap at every stoplight. They’re trying to get away with texting at the wheel, but an intersection is no place for it. Set an example for your teen and turn off your own cell phone when they ride with you. Under no circumstances should you signal that it is okay to text at red lights.
Drive Alone. While most teens are never seen outside of a ‘pack’, they need to pry themselves away from each other when it comes to driving. Somehow, the capacity for good judgment in youth declines exponentially when in groups. Tell your teen to spend at least their first year driving alone, and stick to it.
Choose a Car for Safety. Your teen might not want to hear it, but they are still your precious cargo. The sharp lines of a classic sports car won’t do much to protect them in the event of a crash, so shop for a car with your son or daughter, and direct them toward those that offer air bags, anti-lock brakes and even some of the modern driver-assist technologies like OnStar connectivity.
The prospect of your teen taking the wheel may make you pine for the days when they were embedding Cheerios into every nook and cranny of the car seat. That’s normal. But armed with the right attitude and these valuable safety reminders, your teen will be well on their way to driving responsibly. Stop into Bill Harris Auto Center and let us know you’ve got a teen driver onboard. We’ll walk you through some of the latest safety features and share more advice on driving smart.