The big day has finally arrived. Your teen received his permit and it’s time to move on to the next step. As a parent, worrying for your teen’s safety is normal but don’t let it get in the way. Instead, guide your teen into becoming a responsible driver by teaching him the do’s and don’ts of the road. It takes time and experience to become a good-driver, but having a solid driving foundation can expedite the process. Here is a guide to help you get started.
Summertime is a fun time for teens, but it also means more danger on the roads. Teen drivers average 44% more hours on the road each week during the summer. This means more inexperienced drivers on the road. It’s no wonder why parents get nervous when it comes to letting their teen out on their own. With overcrowded roads and busy freeways, a new driver can easily get anxious behind the wheel. Here’s how you can guide your teen into becoming a confident driver.
Practice Makes Perfect
Whether it’s learning how to do a cartwheel or how to play chess, the more you practice, the better. Why not apply the same concept to driving? Teens are more likely to be involved in a crash because of inexperience. Prevent your teen from being a teen accident statistic by practicing as much as possible.
Take it Step-by-Step
Just like with anything you learn in life, taking baby steps is key. Start off practice-driving your Mazda on suburban roads before you hit the highway. This will give your teen a chance to get a feel of how the car handles in a stress-free driving environment. Also, parking lots are a great place to get your teen familiar with car controls skills such as turning, braking and reversing.
Set an Example
Teenagers are influenced by television and friends but when it comes to driving, no one has more influence than their parents. The best way to set a good example for your teen when driving is by watching your driving behavior and following the rules of the road. Be the driver you want your teen to be when they are out on their own.
Take Care of your Car
Driving a car is not just about following road rules, it’s also about taking good care of your car. A well maintained car means less problems on the road. The best way to show your teen the ins and outs of car care is to take them with you when your new or used Mazda is due for a tune-up. Also, familiarize your teen with the owner’s manual which includes helpful information about car care.
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