Perhaps your darling child has just turned 16, and he is begging for their driver’s learning permit. In much of the United States it is not possible to have any degree of independence or mobility without a driver’s license, so you will likely consent to letting him learn to drive. Like many parents, you may have concerns about your child’s maturity. All of us learn to drive well through experience, though, and we have to start somewhere. But how do you maintain a cool head and help your child safely acquire their driving credentials?
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If you have a local driver’s ed or driver’s safety course, get your child to enroll. Your car insurance rates will go up once your child starts to drive, and you will be held liable for any incidents for which your teen is responsible. It is important that your child has a clear understanding of the need to learn all auto safety recommendations and take their driving responsibility seriously.
It is also important for them to have some basic knowledge of car care. If the car breaks down while your child is the only person present, he will be able to keep a cool head if he has some idea about what might be causing the problem. Consider subscribing to the American Automobile Association or other emergency roadside service if you don’t already.
Lay clear ground rules about the use of the car. If your child shows poor judgment at the age of 16, you may want to continue practicing with her for another year or even two while she gains necessary experience.