So your child passed their test and you bought them a car. They’re off, out into the big wide world with their newfound freedom. But just because they passed a test they studied for, doesn’t mean they’re going to be great drivers out in the real world. They’re still young and they’re not experienced enough to know their own limits. They are in that age where testing the boundaries is like their full-time job. So during their first year of driving, you should keep an eye out for them and help them become better drivers. You should also be mindful of how they’re getting on if they are working and or living in another city. Here are a few things you can do.
Through the hills
Driving tests are supposed to give every learning driver a taste of the norm. They will, therefore, drive one road that most people use rather than those that most people may never drive on. This includes the countryside where there are more narrow roads, tough conditions, and less lighting. This is something of a test for your child and you should take them on a weekend driving trip to help them adjust to this style of driving. Pick out a section of winding roads in the countryside. Plan a small excursion through some hills so your child can be taught how to look ahead, anticipate corners, spot signs of loose roads, black ice and sudden gradient changes. Sit in the passenger seat after you have driven them along the route you want them to follow. Observe and correct them when they make a mistake.
Protection from a stereotype
It’s sad to admit, but many young sensible drivers are lumped in with the brash and trash young drivers. Many young people are excellent drivers, who take due diligence of their driving and know how important it is to follow the rules. If your son or daughter is involved in a crash, they might become overwhelmed and believe they made a mistake due to their inexperience. You should train your children to keep calm and not admit to anything if they ever get into a car crash. If your child phones you up and says they were in an accident, use this Accident Report service to find their exact incident. The police officer at the scene will have written a detailed report and if it exonerates your child, send a copy of the report to your lawyer to help your child get out of trouble. The other driver will be in deep water once your legal team is using the report to prove your child’s innocence.
Don’t belittle them
Your child is new to the road, so don’t belittle them and rid them of their confidence. Ask them to take you to the supermarket to do the weekly shop. Compliment them on their habits such as checking the mirrors and the blind spot. A parent should boost their child’s confidence behind the wheel as it is inherently a hazardous place.
The first year of your child driving on their own is going to be sketchy at times. But, with the right amount of encouragement and extra training, you can be certain they will become confident and excellent drivers.