Help Your Teenager Become A Proficient And Safe Driver

If your teenaged child recently passed their permit test, they may now be anxious to get on the road so that they can practice driving in preparation for the road test for their license. Help your child become a proficient and safe driver with the tips below. 

Prepare A Driving Course 

If there is a large parking lot near your home that is not currently being used by a business, it can provide your child with the perfect spot to practice driving around obstacles and parking alongside the edge of the lot. Purchase some bright-colored cones or create markers by securing flags to poles that each have a wide base.

Ask your teenager if they would like to practice driving through a course that you prepare. After arriving at the parking lot, set up the markers so that there is an even amount of space between them. Get into the vehicle's passenger seat and instruct your child to get behind the wheel.

Provide your child with basic instructions as they maneuver through the course. For example, tell your child to circle around specific markers and to stop next to other ones. Once your child has succesfully completed the course, ask them to parallel park the vehicle along the edge of the parking lot. 

Find A Driving Instructor

Contact your child's school or a local community center to inquire about signing your child up for classes with a driving instructor. A driving instructor will provide classroom lessons before taking your child out on the road to practice driving.

A student driver car will be used during lessons so that other people on the roadway will be aware that your child is a new driver. An instructor will observe your child as they drive down the road and will determine if your teenager is paying attention to other drivers, using their signals in a timely manner, and braking the proper way. 

Play A Game That Will Quiz Your Child's Knowledge

Use a piece of plywood to create a board game that will quiz your child's knowledge concerning the rules of the road. Use a permanent marker to make playing spaces that are rectangular shaped and connected to one another. Use thimbles or paperclips as playing pieces. Create a list of questions on small pieces of card stock. The questions can be about specific road rules for the state that you live in.

Hand your child a couple of dice and instruct them to roll them. After your child moves their playing piece the appropriate amount of times, tell them to pick up one of the question cards. If your child answers the question right, allow them to take another turn. If they get the question wrong, tell them that it is your turn to roll the dice. Continue taking turns until one of you move your playing piece to the end of the game board.