Even though it may seem that your teenager is trying hard to be as unlike you as possible, you have more influence than you might imagine. If you have bad driving habits, your teen is very likely to develop many of the same habits. Think about the following tips, so that you can be a good driving role model.
Familiarize Yourself with State Laws
To teach safe driving, you need to be a safe driver. The first step is to know as much as you can about local driving regulations. Consider taking a DMV Practice Test for your state or look at a DMV Cheat Sheet to refresh your knowledge. Knowing the rules helps you drive more safely while being better equipped to teach your new driver.
Do Not Drive Distractedly or Aggressively
If you make phone calls, text, constantly change radio stations, eat or do anything else that takes your attention away from the road, your young drivers are more likely to assume that these are acceptable behaviors. The same goes for aggressive driving. If you drive recklessly, tailgate others or drink and drive, you will be setting a bad example. Keep your focus on driving responsibly and your teenagers will learn to do the same.
Practice Good Driving Habits
Set up a routine for when you get behind the wheel. When you get in the car, check the mirrors, fasten seat-belts and keep your hands at the proper position while you drive. It will soon become second nature for both you and your teens.
Build Good Maintenance Habits
Many young drivers are ill-equipped to take care of their vehicles. It can lead to costly repairs and even accidents. Teach your young ones about common warning signs such as brake noise or a rattle in the steering wheel. Make sure they can check fluid levels, tire pressure and wiper blades. Here is a great article about some of the basic maintenance practices all teens should know. Use this advice to help teach your teens and improve your own driving. The apple never falls far from the tree ��� if you are a good driver, you will raise good drivers!��