Is your child ready to start driving? The thought of our children getting on the road can be pretty daunting. Not only is it expensive to drive these days, but young first-time drivers are also known to be involved in more accidents. It’s a worry, but with the right preparation, you can help your child to stay safe both while learning and once they’ve passed their test.
Here, you’ll discover some great tips to help you prepare for when your kids learn to drive.
Are they insured?
Private lessons are becoming increasingly popular due to the cost of driving lessons today. It can really help your kids to have private tuition as it reduces the number of paid lessons they’ll need to take. It can also really help to give them more confidence when getting behind the wheel with an instructor. However, one thing you may not have considered is insurance.
Driving schools have their own insurance, but private instructors may not. If you plan on teaching your child to drive yourself for example, you’re going to need to ensure you have the right insurance. One option you’ll definitely want to consider is temporary car insurance. It can cover anything from 2 hours to 5 months, giving you the option to pay only for the number of lessons you’ll be providing.
Does their private tutor meet legal requirements?
Another thing you might not have considered is the legal requirements private tutors need to meet before they can give lessons. The instructor, whether it be a friend or family member, needs to have had a full UK driving license for at least 3 years and they also need to be aged 21 or over.
If an accident does occur, the supervisor will also be held liable. So, you’re going to need to ensure you or your child’s tutor, can provide safe lessons on the road.
Practising in varying conditions
To ensure your child is adequately prepared to drive, they’re going to need to practice in varying conditions. This means, driving in the rain, sun, snow and ice (depending upon what time of year it is). You should also balance day and night time lessons too.
These are just some of the tips you’ll need to follow to prepare for when your kids learn to drive. Remember, it’s also extremely important to remain calm if you do decide to take them out by yourself. It’s no doubt going to be really stressful, but remaining calm is essential if you don’t want to damage their confidence.