Your baby has reached another milestone. He or she is now a teen – a licensed driver at that! You’re proud of them, yet nervous. As a parent it is your right to be nervous and turn into a broken record. After all you’ve been a driver for a lot longer than your teen has. Not to mention that It is reported that motor vehicle crashes caused by teen drivers are the number one cause of death among teens with 16-year-olds accounting for the highest percentage. So yes, you’ve earned the right to be nervous and apprehensive about just handing over those keys.
You know you have to and before you do read over these tips so handing the keys over to your teen with peace of mind.
Talk and Set Limits
Your teen’s newfound independence does not mean you should stop communicating. Quite the opposite: Will you allow your teen to drive on the highway? In the dark? To a party? Clearly outline and communicate your own set of rules to your teen. Find new and fun ways to engage and encourage an open conversation about driving concerns he or she might have.
While you should emphasize that driving is a big deal with consequences, also reinforce that you trust his or her judgment. If you’ve demonstrated safe driving behaviors, your teen is more likely to follow your lead.
Every time your teen takes the wheel, give a reminder to buckle up, stay away from the phone, call after arriving at the destination, and be home by curfew.
Still struggling to hand over the keys to your teen? Read the rest of my article at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram