Is Your Teen Finally Old Enough For Driving School? How To Ensure Success
If your teen is reaching the age where they'll be getting their license soon, now's the time to start planning for their driver's training courses. Driver's training is no longer provided in all high school settings, which means you may need to go to an outside driving school for the training. However, even if it is provided through your teen's school, it's still a good idea to go to a private training provider. By enrolling your teen in a private training program, you'll avoid long waiting periods for classes, and you'll be sure that your teen receives the one-on-one training that they need to be good, safe drivers. Here are three steps you can take to ensure that your teen gets the maximum benefit from their training.
Ensure Adequate Rest
When it comes to ensuring success in a driver training program, the best thing you can do for your teen is ensure that they get adequate rest for class. The last thing you want is for your teen to be groggy during their driver training classes. While their classes are in session, ensure that they get to bed early and that they have a good breakfast before heading to class.
Provide Additional Drive Time
While your teen is enrolled in driving school, they'll be provided behind-the-wheel training with a vehicle. However, that drive time won't be nearly enough to get your teen ready for the road. They're going to need a lot more practice before they're ready to drive on their own. That's where you come in. While your teen is in driving school, and after, it's crucial that you provide them with additional drive time. Arrange to spend about an hour a day with your teen, so that they can practice what they're learning in the classroom.
During their additional drive time each day, try to provide them with new learning experiences, such as taking them on different roads each day, or venturing onto the freeways near your home. It's also a good idea to have them practice navigating parking lots and drive-thrus. That way, your teen will be ready for the road when they finally get their license.
Include Defensive Driving Tactics
Learning to drive properly is important, but learning to drive defensively is essential. You want to know that your teen will be ready to drive safely once they start driving alone. That's why it's important that you include defensive driving tactics in their training. While your teen is learning to drive, enroll them in a defensive driving course. Not only will this course help your teen become a better driver, it may also provide you with a discount on your auto insurance coverage.