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When Your Teen Is Learning To Drive: A Few Tips

Updated on June 1, 2013

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.

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    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you CJ Sledgehammer, I agree with you 100% on about the age of a driver. No one should be allowed to drive until they are at least 18. I looked up the statistics and found

      16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.

      The crash rate per mile driven is twice as high for 16-year-olds as it is for 18- and 19-year-olds.

      Also, I am very sorry that you lost one of your best friends in a traffic accident during your senior year in high school. When I was in high school, I knew a teenager who died in an accident also. She was not my best friend, but she was a sweet kind person.

      God Bless you,

      Michele

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      CJ Sledgehammer 

      6 years ago

      Michele:

      Your Hub could not come at a better time. :0)

      I have two sons that have their learning permits and I have taken on the responsibility to teach them myself. Not an easy undertaking.

      I sometimes think it would be easier if someone else taught them and sometimes I think my boys might listen to a driving instructor a little more intently than to dear ol' dad.

      I personally don't think anyone under the age of 18 should drive at all. I never did. I either biked or walked to work.

      Moreover, according to insurance companies, a person's brain isn't even fully developed until the age of 25. This begs the question as to why we let young people with under developed brains behind the wheel of a 6,000 pound car, truck, or SUV? Add to that lack of experience, lack of maturity, and the belief they will live forever, and we are helping to set them up for failure while sponsoring their demise.

      It is hard to teach them to be responsible young adults when they are buried 6 feet under.

      I lost one of my very best friends to a traffic accident during my senior year in high school. He was riding with another young driver and they crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and the rest is history.

      Just had a couple of teens die recently by rolling their car over on a country road. And, this kind of thing happens every day across our country...many times over.

      Wonderful article...voted up!!!

      Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Faith Reaper That is a great law! I am so sorry that happened. But, I think the law is a good one. Our kids still need us.

      Thank you

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I forgot to mention that in Alabama a graduated driver's license law was passed, which has saved the lives of many teenagers. Some of things the law requires is a passenger restricton of no more than one passenger other than an adult; nighttime driving restrictiion from Midnight to 6:00 a.m.; and required supervised driving (night hours) 30 with driver's education. This law was passed after a young girl died in a crash while she was a passenger of another teen. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      unknown spy Me too :)

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      michiganman567 I am still working on putting my hands on the bottom part of the wheel, but am happy you are keeping your arms safe!!!

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Great hub Michele! Well, as always. Ohh..wish I could learn how to drive too. hehehe

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Faith Reaper, you did a great job teaching your son how to drive! You are a great mom.

      God Bless you.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      anglnwu thank you for your comment. Some states are starting to ban texting and using a cell phone while driving. I hope all states do that.

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      michiganman567 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I never fully embraced the 10 and 2 rule so it looks like I was right. They are still sticking with 2 hands on the wheel though. One of these days they will get down to the one hand on the wheel rule and then you can use the other hand to multitask..... then again, I guess that is not such a great idea. Great hub.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      This is great! We somehow got through our two teens learning to drive and survived. I remember teaching my son to drive in our Chevy Blazer stick shift, and when I wanted him to learn how to park, I had taken him to a big empty parking lot where there was no traffic. He would pull in and I would say, "You just creamed two cars." Thankfully, I knew we did not need to try a parking lot full of cars! Well done, great tips! Voted Up. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      anglnwu 

      6 years ago

      My daughter is learning to drive now. Good tips. It's such a scary experience. I want texting to be banned. I've seen mothers texting with young kids in the back seats and of course, teenagers busy texting at stop lights. Thanks for sharing.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you teaches, I am still working on it :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I remember the early driving days when I was anxiously waiting for my teen to come home after a trip to the grocery. You hope that they abide by all the rules, and use good habits in driving alone. Great tips and advice for parents to follow.

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you Debbie, I am dying mine...lol

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I turned white haired when my boys were learning to drive.. Now they are in their thirty s and are great drivers. but during that time I never got any sleep and I aged.. LOl

      great hub Michele

      blessing

      Debbie

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      loyfly Thank you for your comment :)

    • Michele Travis profile imageAUTHOR

      Michele Travis 

      6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      billybuc thank you for your comment. I am learning how to teach her. Part of it is her teaching me!

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      loyfly 

      6 years ago

      Great tips

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Is there a scarier time in life than when your teen is learning to drive? I remember teaching my son and I swear I aged twenty years during that one year. So glad that is behind me. :) Great tips for anyone facing this rite of passage.

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