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When Your Teen Is Learning To Drive: A Few Tips
Your child was born not to long ago, or so it seems, but all of a sudden is now 16. Well, ,not really suddenly, but it seems that way. Your teenager is now in driving school. After passing the part in the classroom, the driving part is going to begin. Your heart might flutter just a little bit, they have learned the rules, but they will have to follow them when driving.
After passing the test a few rules were proudly quoted.
1) Buckle your seat belt.
2) Adjust all the mirrors.
3) Keep your hands towards the bottom part of the steering wheel. This is the 4 to 8 rule. When I was learning to drive, the rule was to keep your hands on the upper part of the steering wheel. It was called the 10 to 2 rule. But, the rule changed when airbags were added. If your hands are on the upper part of the steering wheel, the airbags might go off and might break your arms.
That is what they taught in driving school. Now your teen is in the driver's seat, and you are not. It is a little bit strange, but don't hold your breath, you might pass out. At least there is a driving instructor in the passenger seat also. Practicing is helpful. A good place to practice is a large parking lot that is empty. No other vehicles because a business may have closed. There are several things you can do to help your teen become a better driver.
1) Turning right, turning left.
2) Slowing down when making turns, or circles.
3) Coming to a full stop at a stop sign. Then looking right and left to make sure no other car is going to run through the stop sign. This should be the same thing for a four way stop sign.
4) When your teen driver comes to a stop light, slow down when the light turns orange, and stop when it turns red. When the light turns green have your teen look both ways to make sure no one is going to run through the red light!
5) Make sure your teen driver is careful of people who ride the bikes, or walk on the road.
6) NO TEXTING! Tell your teen all the attention, and alertness needs to stay on driving. See where other cars are, pay attention to the rules. It is important for your teen to keep himself or herself safe, and everyone else too.
Be with them when they drive, and remind them of what they forget to do. There is a lot more to learn. These are just a few basic things. The more they drive, the more used to driving they will become. They will become better drivers, and safer also.