Driving lessons, aside from teaching kids the basic techniques of driving on the road, should focus on the all-important value of responsibility. The ability to drive is a great power, and taking cue from Spiderman, it should be a great responsibility. Unfortunately, teens and new drivers sometimes forget this.
As important as driving schools are for teaching the techniques and skills for safely maneuvering a car on the road, some schools can sometimes miss out on the most important lesson in driving -- to drive responsively.
If you are a parent who wants to give your teenage kids the most comprehensive driving lessons, here are a few tips:
1. Get your teens involved in maintaining the car
If your teen is the type who is curious with the workings of machinery, get him or her to read the car manual. This will be a good starting point in learning how a car should normally function. Teach kids to listen and feel how a normal car sounds and feels. If they sense something is amiss, you should encourage them to tell you so right away.
Tell your teen to always keep the car clean and in order, and gassed up. Teens and new drivers must also know how to do an oil check, and to pump air in the tyres. If your kid works part-time and is earning, encourage them to pay for car insurance. They can feel greater responsibility for their car this way.
2. Explain all relevant state laws on driving to your teen
You should discuss with your teen all the state laws and regulations regarding driving and road use. Emphasize that driving lessons and practice hours are mandated by law, and that they must log the minimum required in order to obtain a license. Be a good example; show your kids that these rules really do matter.
3. Teach your teen that they are responsible for their passengers and other road users
Teach your kids that if ever they get involved in a road accident, whatever happens to their passengers will be their responsibility. Your kids must know that it is not easy to live with that guilt, so they must always stay focused while they are behind the wheel. Of course, your teen may accuse you of being overly dramatic, but this is just typical teenager behavior dismissing responsibility. Driving lessons, both the home and the driving school variety, need to stress this more often.