Thursday, April 10 2014, 01:26 PM MDT
Teaching your teenager to drive can be scary. We have a few tips parents can do to make the experience a little easier.• Be an example of a safe driver.• Explain to your new driver that it's all about safety.• Create a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. • Parents and teens should talk about the rules, responsibilities and consequences together. Reward your new driver when they follow the rules (e.g. "I will fill your gas tank once each month when you follow our agreement.") • Follow through with the consequences when rules are not met. Remember, enforcement begins at home.• Practice, practice, practice with your teen driver. • While you drive, give your teenage passenger a play-by-play. o Point out examples of unsafe driving and explain why you are changing lanes or slowing down.o Announce when you are checking the mirrors.o Explain how you react to road conditions or other drivers. • Continue to monitor your teen's driving activities after they have received theirdriver license.• Give guidance to your teen on responding to peer pressure:o Role-play or talk with your teen about dangerous situations that may arise when driving or riding in a car with other teens.o Take the blame, and tell your teen driver it's OK to blame you. "I can't ride with you because you just got your license. My parents would ground me.