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Drivers Education Needs To Include Moms And Dads As Well As Teachers

By George Smithson

It is impossible to teach driver’s education without parental involvement. Many parents mistakenly believe that drivers education only involves their child and a professional educator. The truth is that drivers education includes parents and rarely works without them.

When supplementing your teen’s driving course it is important to make sure you represent yourself as a good role model. Though it might not be apparent your teenager is paying attention to how you behave behind the wheel. If you are constantly speeding or driving without your seat belt your youngster will begin to believe that this is acceptable behavior. For this reason it’s very important that you represent yourself as a safe driver at all times.

Another important factor in helping your children to learn to be good, safe drivers is to take them out for practice runs. The amount of time spent in a driver’s ed class on a daily basis is not nearly enough to log the right amount of hours necessary to become a safe driver. Do not let your child leave the house based on the small amount of time logged with a drivers education teacher. You need to see for yourself how safe your child drives and ensure that they get plenty of supervised hours in before hitting the road on their own.

A great way to show your interest, help your child study, and get a gauge of what they know is to regularly quiz them on safety rules and procedures. This shows how important safety is in a non-confrontational way and lets your child know that you are on their side and want them to succeed. Getting a license is one of the most exciting things that occurs in a human lifetime. Be your kid’s cheerleader, they will appreciate it in more ways than one! Besides good grades in Driver’s Ed often equate to cheaper insurance costs.

Another important step in helping to raise a good driver is teaching your teen basic car maintenance. If you don’t know yourself you should learn. Well maintained cars are safer cars. Most teenagers can’t afford expensive tune ups and oil changes. Show your child how to do these things themselves so they will know how to properly maintain their vehicle in the future.

Changing a tire is another important step in a premium driving education. This is generally covered in formal classes but often it is quickly ran through in front of a dozen teenagers who are passing notes and thinking about lunch. A one-on-one tire changing class in the driveway is the best way to make sure that your child is prepared for the open road.

Make sure that the young driver knows when to pull over. The first blow out or flat tire often comes as a surprise to a new driver. The same goes for running out of gas and engine trouble. Teach the importance of pulling over when something just doesn’t feel right. Obviously when possible it’s best to wait for a well lit area before pulling over, but continuing to drive on a low tire or with a failing engine can be extremely dangerous.

Parental involvement is the only way to make sure that good driving is practiced. Making sure that your young roadster learns the basic steps of driving is your responsibility. Do not leave your child’s safety in the hands of another.

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Smithson, George "Drivers Education Needs To Include Moms And Dads As Well As Teachers." Drivers Education Needs To Include Moms And Dads As Well As Teachers. 11 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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