It only seems two minutes since you passed your driving test, right? And now your teenager just passed theirs! It can be worrying, exciting, and a whole mixture of emotions as a parent, but don’t fret – we have compiled a list of things that will help you ease you both into things.
- Make them up a celebratory hamper! Don’t get too excited, this is all about being prepared should your teen ever break down. Essential things they should keep in their car are things like screen wash, ice scraper and de-icer, not to mention a torch and spare batteries. A warm coat will always come in handy, as will a high visibility jacket and boots.
- Don’t be afraid to let them take you out in the car. This way you can see how well they do, and where they may need advice in other areas. They’ve passed an extensive test to get here – they may be better than you think.
- Create a safety checklist. Fully charged phone? Yep! Lights on? Yep! Seatbelt on for both them and their passengers? Remind your teen that it’s their responsibility to ensure their passengers are wearing their seatbelts. Each action they choose while driving has a consequence, and while they may not realise this at first, it will soon become second nature.
- As your child gets their first taste of independence, it’s important they no longer rely on you for the simple maintenance of their car. Give them a quick run-through on things, like where to fill up the screen wash, how to check the tyre pressure, and even how to open the bonnet.
- Learn to relax. It’s one of the first big milestones they will reach, and you should both enjoy the new-found independence your child has. Plus, you’ve been driving them around for 17 years, it’s time for them to return the favour!
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