Just about every parent experience trepidation, once they realize their teen is about to start driving. It's hard to believe your little one is all grown up, and being responsible for his own, other's lives. The only to ensure safe behavior is to influence their behavior behind the wheel in a reasonable manner. Here are some tips to help give your teen the tools to be the best driver they can be.
Be an example
If you do all the things you ask your kids not to do behind the wheel, you can’t expect them to take you seriously. It doesn’t matter that you are a more experienced driver than they are, teenagers don’t always reason on those terms. Instead, lead by example and observe all the same rules that you want them to follow. Doing so will help them respect you and your rules more and will encourage them to follow those rules even when you aren’t around.
Encourage good grades
Most car insurance companies offer a nice discount for teens who keep at least a B average in high school or college. College kids typically need to take at least twelve credit hours to be eligible for the discount
Reward good behavior
Safe driving should not need any more rewards than the reward of being accident-free, but with teens you do sometimes have to offer incentives in order to help them avoid making costly mistakes. Reward your teen in small ways when they act appropriately and exercise good decision making skills behind the wheel. Some teens also respond well to rewards systems that allows them to anticipate a certain reward if they avoid accidents and bad driving behavior for a pre-determined amount of time.
Correct bad behavior
Just as good behavior should be rewarded, bad behavior should have consequences. Let your teen know before they take the keys what consequences they will face for certain behavior. But remember, consequences only work when you stick by them, so be sure you are prepared to enforce them
Teach your teen
It’s not always enough to tell your teen driver not to do something, sometimes you also need to teach them why they shouldn’t do it. That often makes a greater difference than just telling them to avoid X, Y or Z. So find teaching materials that show your teen why certain activities and decisions don’t mix well with driving.
If you treat your teen’s driving privileges as just that, and work to communicate with them through positive feedback and consequences, you can influence your teen’s driving without resistance or stress. Call us to discuss your options for car insurance in Tulsa for teen at 918.683.0021.