For a parent, teaching a teen to drive can be a bittersweet experience. While it’s easy to feel proud of a teen driver, many parents also feel a tinge of apprehension at the prospect of their teen cruising the streets. Still, with help from the right driving school, any teen can learn how to be a safe driver. As a parent, here is some essential safety information you should know:
Teens Are Vulnerable to Social Pressures
Teens are about three times more likely to get into a car accident than drivers who are 20 and older. Part of this is because teenagers—especially males—are more vulnerable to social pressures while driving. Many teenagers feel pressured to take too many passengers at once, drive fast to impress their friends, or otherwise drive recklessly.
Teens Are More Likely to Take Risks
Many teens are unfamiliar with what it means to be a safe driver. This, combined with the social pressures described above, leads teenagers to take more risks behind the wheel. For instance, a teen might be more inclined to send or read a text message while driving, or get behind the wheel after a night of drinking. As a parent, it’s your duty to explain that driving in real life is nothing like driving in the movies, and that recklessness can result in injury or death.
Driving Lessons Are Highly Recommended
While taking professional driving lessons is not necessary for your teen to earn his license, it is strongly recommended. Taking a driver’s education course from an experienced instructor can help your teen become more familiar with the rules of the road before he starts driving on his own. Driving lessons can also help your teen understand the dangers and responsibilities of driving.
To help ensure that your teen learns how to drive safely, rely on the driving instructors at Top Driver. We’re the largest driving school in the country, and we have several locations in the Chicago area. Call (888) 471-5418 to find out how to enroll your teen or yourself at our driving school.