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Keep Calm: Riding as a Passenger While Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Last updated 7 years ago

If you have a teenager who is learning how to drive, you know how stressful a single car ride can become. Emotions like anxiety, fear, and distrust escalate quickly. First, know that you’re not alone. You aren’t the only parent struggling to get through to your teen, especially when it comes to giving advice about getting behind the wheel. With emotions often running high, sometimes it’s in everyone’s best interest to have a professional driving school teach your new driver the ropes.

Even if your teen takes lessons from a driving expert, you will still be spending a lot of time in the car with your inexperienced teen driver. Here are some basic tips for keeping you, your car, and the people inside it safe and sane:

  • Stay calm:

Take deep breaths and stay calm while your teen is driving. Don’t immediately object to minor mistakes—let your teen correct him or herself. Although you naturally want to keep your child out of danger, don’t jump the gun. Creating a tense environment inside the car can actually hinder your young driver’s learning.

  • Support your teen:

If he or she makes a harmless accident, reassure them that it is okay, and that mistakes are inevitable when learning. This is especially important if your teen is sensitive (and even fearful) of driving.

  • Watch your body language:

Are you sighing, shrieking, or even silently tensing up? These gestures may seem innocuous to you, but your teen will notice, and this will distract him or her from the road. Actively choose to convey calm and confidence as best as you can.

If your teen is just learning how to drive, let the professionals help. With locations in Buffalo Grove, Naperville, Joliet, Wilmette and more, finding convenient and professional driver’s education in the Chicago area is simple. For more information on local driving schools, driver training, or driving lessons, call Top Driver Driving School at (888) 471-5418.


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