It can be a proud moment when one of your children manages to pass their driving test. We often take driving for granted, but it’s not easy in the beginning, and passing with flying colors heralds your son or daughter’s first step into personal autonomy and freedom. This can be exciting no matter who you are. However, as a parent, it is still your duty to inform them of a range of important driving attitudes that can help them sustain a personal career of safe road care, of paying attention, and of avoiding circumstances that can lead to a car crash or worse.
With these five lessons to teach your newly-qualified child, there’s a chance you’re to experience much more peace of mind knowing that they’re on the roads and keeping wise about the entire affair. With this in mind, please consider:
Emphasizing The Dangers Of The Road
Newly qualified drivers are taught many things on the road. Some of them they have heard all of their life. They likely know and understand that driving dangerously can result in horrific experiences. They know that a crash can happen due to a moment’s inattention or inability to keep watch of the road. However, one weekend, acting as the designated driver for a couple of their less-behaved friends, they might pump up the music too loud, or act a little wild in the car also, even if that’s just singing their heart out to a song on a busy road. This can lead to difficulty, particulary with drunk people in the car.
This is why it’s essential for your child to learn, and frankly be stunned into knowing just how dangerous the roads can be. You’re not here to traumatise them of course, but it can be instructive to watch road safety documentaries with them, as there have been many that treat the subject with care and interest. Having a deep sit down talk with them about how a moments fun is never worth an accident, or in the worst scenario, a life lost. Simply levelling with your child with absolute abject honest and willingness to teach them can help the dangers of the road take on a very pressing reality, something they are unlikely to forget so quickly.
Understanding How To Litigate
It can be that no matter how safe your child is, they are unfortunately disturbed by an unfortunate twist of fate. It could be they are the victim of an accident, or that poor road conditions have let to their care. Legal services are important to become familiar with, as well as the attitude of collecting evidence straight after, unless otherwise unable to do so. No matter if your child is hit by an uninsured driver or if your car is simply bumped into from behind on the highway, they should know and feel confident enough to bond with you to litigate, provided they are over the legal age for this of course.
Basic Car Maintenance
There isn’t a young driver out there who couldn’t benefit from a basic knowledge of how their vehicle works, and how to perform basic car maintenance. You might not need to know the intricacies of a camshaft or just how the engine is composed, but you do need to know how to change an oil level, how to replace a tyre, how to clean your vehicle, how to repair broken taillights or stoplights, and just how often you need to bring your vehicle in for a full servicing. Teenage drivers should also understand exactly what every single light on their vehicle dashboard means, how to drive in different weather conditions, and when to pull over due to an issue rearing its head.
They should also be familiar with the process of calling an insurance tow service to prevent issues from taking place that are out of your control. No matter what car your teenager drives, affluent or cheap and third-hand, vehicle maintenance is essential to understand. If you can, teach them thoroughly. If you yourself are in the dark about these matters and have somehow functioned appropriately up until that point, consider this an opportunity to learn with them. There’s nothing quite like a bonding activity that can assure both of your safety in the future.
The highway is a terrifying place to drive for a newly qualified person. You may consider helping them take their first few drives on the highway by simply sitting in the passenger seat and encouraging them with the confidence they need to drive on the lanes appropriately. However, it can be more appropriate to encourage they take, or even pay for ‘pass plus’ options, extended driving course offerings that can ensure a child is given the correct tools to drive on the motorway, taught by a professional. These courses have an added bonus of often cutting the cost of your insurance by an appropriate amount, so we’d absolutely recommend that you consider this through and through.
Understanding Car Value
A teenager shouldn’t see their car as something to simply give them freedom and get to A and B, even those this is the primary function of a car. Instead, they should learn to bond with it, to respect it, and to be willing to maintain it. They should know its value. They should be willing to invest in it, learn more about the manufacturer, and potentially get a feeling as to when reselling would be the best option. While this is an ethereal form of driving help for your child to consider beneficial, it’s in no way less than. Understanding car value means they’ll be less likely to disrespect it, to drive it poorly, and to misinterpret the privilege of having their own car. With that, they might think twice about picking up friends who disrespect the car.
With these simple tips and lessons learned, your teenager is sure to blossom on the roads after recent qualification.