While my boys are still too young for me to be concerned about this topic, I know my readership consists of many Moms with kids of all ages. Do you have a child who’s starting Drivers Ed soon? Or maybe your teen has just begun driving. How well do you feel your child is prepared to drive?
Today, when many obtain a driver’s license once they reach the age of 16, drivers education ensures that the driver obtains all required skills before getting out there on the road. I remember taking a Drivers Ed course in high school where we spent many hours learning about the laws and responsibilities of operating a vehicle. I was excited when we finally had the opportunity to drive a vehicle on an orange coned course. It was pretty neat. However driving on busy roads in real traffic is pretty scary for any new driver.
My step dad let me use his old pick up truck to drive around the block and get comfortable on the road, always supervised of course. When the big test came at the end of Drivers Ed where I had to take the school vehicle, a Nissan Sentra on the road with an instructor, I was terrified. Even after all of my dedicated hours driving at school, and home I was still nervous that I would fail. Thankfully all went well and I passed with flying colors. Soon after, my parents helped me purchase my first car, a used Subaru. I was now ready for the open road!
Kids today are more distracted than ever between texting, emailing, phone calls, eating, messing with the radio, and more. It’s important that we, as parents make sure our kids are well prepared to drive. The best way to do this is by setting a good example. We can also guide them to sites like education4drivers.com, which can help them better prepare for testing. And of course making time to physically teach them how to drive so they can get comfortable operating a vehicle.
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