Meta: If you are getting your kid ready to drive a car for the very first time, continue reading to find out what you must know before you can get started.
If your kid is nearing the legal age to drive a car in your country of residence, you may be wondering what steps you can take to ensure the entire process runs as smoothly as possible from start to finish. It may be one of life’s most exciting milestones but it must also be approached with a great deal of caution and foresight to guarantee the utmost safety and security is adhered to whilst your kid is behind the wheel and to prevent any common problems from arising that may hinder their progress on the road. If you are in the process of preparing to get your kid ready to drive a car, continue reading to familiarise yourself with a number of helpful tips and tricks ahead of time.
Take it slow
If your kid has never set foot in a car or has little to no experience of driving outside of the perimeters of your home, you must remember to take it slow. It does, after all, require a great deal of space to enable them to practice safely and securely and, perhaps most importantly, in a way that is unlikely to disrupt fellow drivers on the road. In order to do so, it may benefit you to find a disused space within close proximity to your home free of curbs, trees, or fences where you can teach your kid the basics of driving in a calm manner and proceed to monitor them as they put their recently-learned skills to the test as you watch on from the passenger seat. It is also worth remembering that mistakes will be made and you must respond in a way that is reassuring and encouraging to avoid them suffering from a loss of confidence or being hesitant to get behind the wheel again in your presence.
Research insurance policies
It may seem as if you are jumping the gun but before you take the plunge and teach your kid to drive, you must research insurance policies that are applicable for the age of your kid, the vehicle they intend to learn to drive in, and the level of driving experience they possess. It can, however, differ from country to country or even from county to county so you must do your research ahead of time to ensure you and your kid are sufficiently protected whilst on the road. If they intend to practice in your car, for example, you are responsible for organizing suitable car insurance before they set foot in your vehicle. It is also worth remembering that when it comes to organizing car insurance, regardless of whether you are learning to drive or not, your age matters and you may be subject to different rules and regulations with a number of insurance companies requiring you to be over the age of 25 if you are to supervise a learner driver or teach your kid to drive
Practice as often as possible
It may sound cliche but when it comes to learning to drive, practice really does make perfect and you must ensure your kid sharpens their skills as often as possible or during any spare time that you both may have. If they end up taking a break that lasts a number of weeks or decide to prioritize their social life instead, for example, it may also be possible to them to forget how to perform key maneuvers or lose track of what they have achieved so far with consistency one of the most important factors throughout the entire process of learning to drive. If you are struggling to schedule sufficient time to teach your kid to drive a car, it may also be worth establishing a weekly or monthly schedule so they can continue progressing at a pace that suits them and you can monitor and track their progress on an ongoing basis. It may also allow them to book a driving test sooner rather than later and, as a result, speed up the length of time it takes for them to finally take to the roads as a licensed driver.
Stay cool, calm, and collected
It may be easier said than done but when it comes to teaching your kid to drive a car, you must stay cool, calm, and collected on the outside. It may be frustrating to have to repeat a single set of instructions over and over again or remind them of basic driving skills a number of months into the process but you must remember that they have less experience than you do and are, therefore, likely to still be feeling relatively nervous and jumpy whenever they find themselves behind the wheel. It may benefit you, and your kid, to thoroughly explain the route you want them to take ahead of time and ask them whether they have any questions or queries before you set off to prevent any problems from arising when it may be too late or too unsafe to fix them. If you feel as if you are only likely to get stressed or anxious whilst teaching your kid to drive a car, it may also be worth relinquishing your responsibility and finding someone that may be better suited to the job.
If you have decided to get your kid ready to drive a car, you must take it slow, research insurance policies, practise as often as possible, and stay cool, calm, and collected.