Tips for Parents: How to Help Your Teen Learn to Drive

If you are a parent to a teenager who is learning how to drive, it can be hard to know how to help. Of course, you can support them with lesson fees. But is there more you could and should be doing to help build their confidence and make them a safe and sensible driver?

How to Help Your Teenagers Learn to Drive

Focus on the theory test

You can’t take your practical driving test until you have passed your theory test. So, although it’s not often anyone’s favourite aspect of learning to drive, it’s important. And the more support you can provide your child with revision, the better.

The theory test is made up of two sections – multiple choice and hazard perception. Both sections need to be passed. So, help them learn the Highway Code. And find a free hazard perception programme online. This will help them get used to the format as well as learn to identify hazards. Our Ultimate Driving Course can also help with both driving theory and practise.

Book professional driving lessons

Driving lessons are expensive. We’re the first to admit that. But they need to be. And they’re also vital if you want your child to learn how to drive safely. You can choose between weekly lessons or intensive courses. But whichever suits your budget and your teen’s learning style, you can’t overestimate the value of professional tuition. Because try as you might, all drivers pick up bad habits. And you really don’t want to pass those on to your kids before they know how to drive the right way.

Let them practise

Any fully qualified driver over 21 years of age who has held a full licence for at least three years can supervise a learner driver. For many parents, this is an absolute ‘no’. And that’s completely understandable. Because there are probably few things more stressful than letting a learner driver loose in your car. That being said, it really can be massively beneficial for the learner. Because the more time they spend behind the wheel, the more confident they will become. So, as a compromise, it’s usually a good idea to let them get several professional lessons in first. Let them find their feet and familiarise themselves with driving before taking them out. Then, do your best to keep your cool, and put yourself in the passenger seat.

However, it is worth noting that if you find the situation too stressful, it can be counterproductive. Because your stress will reflect onto your child. In most families, there will usually be one parent or older sibling more suited to overseeing private practise. Either way, don’t forget the L plates!

Help them relax

Different people react in different ways to learning to drive. But there aren’t many early drivers who wouldn’t benefit from a bit of mindfulness and nerve management. Especially as their practical driving test approaches. Whether it’s listening to music, taking a break, or breathing exercises. Finding ways that can help your teen chill is just as important as helping them with the other aspects of learning to drive. And it could be beneficial for any other exams too.

Learning to drive isn’t always easy. Some kids find it highly stressful. Others are overly confident. As parents, you don’t need us to tell you that your role is to support your child. With your help, learning to drive can become a simpler and calmer experience.

If you are looking for driving lessons in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, get in touch with DGN Driving.

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