Lesson 1: Get Started - National Safety Council

Lesson 1: Get Started

Soon, your teen will have the chance to get into the driver’s seat, but first there are some risks and issues to review. This is an important journey for your teen, one which will create habits that may stick with him or her for years. Your approach to this journey will determine what kind of driver your teen becomes.  Here’s what you can do to help.

Be Patient

In a matter of months, teens have to go from zero first-hand experience to actually driving a car. That’s a major change, and one your teen will need serious help handling. Keep in mind that your teen will be experiencing everything behind the wheel for the first time, and the more patient you are, the easier it will be for your teen to stay calm and remain safe. 

Be Strict

However, your teen also needs support from an experienced driver who knows when to be strict. After all, driving is one of the most dangerous things your teen will ever do, and he or she has no experience actually doing it. Focus on teaching the right lessons and don’t let your teen take unnecessary chances. 

The best thing you can do to help your teen is to try and think like a teen. Every driving habit you have developed over years of practice – no matter how basic or complex – is entirely new to your teen, and every “simple” obstacle you see on the road is a new challenge. Take every drive with your teen as an opportunity to help him or her become a safe driver.

Think Like a Teen

The best thing you can do to help your teen is to try and think like a teen. Every driving habit you have developed over years of practice – no matter how basic or complex – is entirely new to your teen, and every “simple” obstacle you see on the road is a new challenge. Take every drive with your teen as an opportunity to help him or her become a safe driver. 

 

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