Teenagers crave freedom; they want their own space away from mum and dad and a car can give them that choice. Knowing your teenager wants to learn to drive can be a terrifying thought and it is natural to worry. That is why the best person to help teach your teenager to drive is you. Of course, booking a driving instructor is still advisable, but giving your teenagers that extra help can mean reassuring them and yourself.
Am I Qualified To Teach My Child?
Most mums will be qualified to teach their teenager to drive. You need to be over the age of 21 and have held a full UK licence for three years or more, depending on the type of vehicle you are driving. Secondly, your teenager must be insured for your car. Learner driver insurance can be more expensive, as the highest number of accidents tend to occur with people ages 17-25. But, don’t let this stop you – if you shop around and compare you can get some really good deals. Don’t forget, you must always be seated on the passenger side.
What Are The Benefits?
Teaching your teenager to drive can have many benefits. Giving them that extra help can give them an extra confidence boost in their driving, and as you can see how their driving is progressing, you will feel more confident in their abilities too. Driving lessons can be expensive, but if they are practicing with you in-between lessons they will gain more from their driving lessons and usually progress faster. Also, you are giving them the experience of driving two different cars instead of just their instructor’s car – a lot of new drivers struggle when they buy their own car. In addition to this, you get to spend quality time with your teenager and they will appreciate the freedom you are giving them.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Help?
The hardest thing about learning to drive is usually the tests. We all feel pressure when we are in a test situation and therefore this may lead us to not passing the first time – this is common and nothing to worry about. Once you have mastered the basics of driving, it is mainly about building confidence. The theory and hazard perception tests are where your teenager could struggle, so it could take extra time to pass their theory test. Practice theory tests online with them and whilst they are driving point things out to them that could come up as a question, such as a certain road sign. Check this site out for the most common driving theory questions learner drivers trip up on.
Although it may seem terrifying to let your teenager behind a wheel, it can open up a lot of doors for them, and an added bonus is it means they can start driving you places for a change! Always keep in mind that learner drivers will not be able to act as fast as you, so make sure they always keep their distance and be patient.