A Bumpy Ride: Teaching Our Kids to Drive, Should We Do It?

When we have a child hitting certain milestones in their life, this can give us, as parents, a bumpy ride, literally and figuratively. When it comes to our children learning to drive, we know this rite of passage is essential but it can throw up a lot of anxiety. We can focus on parenting trends or think about saving money to ensure our kids get the best, it can throw up the temptation to teach our children to drive. But is this actually a good idea, not just for the children, but for ourselves?

Should We Do It?

Driving is something that is seemingly becoming more dangerous with every passing year, especially for younger people. Last year, in Nevada, nineteen out of the thirty-nine fatal car accidents had a driver between the age of fifteen and twenty years old behind the wheel. So naturally, we want to have some peace of mind that our children are learning safely. We can take our children to an instructor who is certified but when we hear about the significant amount of accidents by young drivers, we may think that we have to teach them a little something extra. But this is where we have to address our own driving habits. 

The Keys to Teaching Our Children to Drive

If we want to guarantee our children are safe behind the wheel, we’ve got to establish a good working relationship with the instructor but also a good working relationship with our children. Our children may not want us to teach them to drive because we are, very simply, their parents. Learning to drive can be about that sense of freedom behind the wheel. And when our children feel we are watching their every move, this may not make for a good working relationship. But this is where we need to think about how we drive and the examples we set. Having a knowledge of how we drive sets the right example, but it also ensures that our children start off on the right foot. After all, we gradually develop bad driving habits over time. Which is something we don’t want our children to copy because they look to us. It also may uncover a few home truths that actually we’re not as good as we think we are behind the wheel!

Getting the Balance Right

The more our children practice, the better it is for them which means that if we go out in the car with them that we’ve got to learn how to rein in our own perception of what is good driving. When our children go with an instructor they will learn how to drive in a certain way. The most important thing that you can do if you ever go out with your kids is to be aware of the risks around you. You can help your children to drive in other ways rather than the typical instructor route. Giving your child the opportunity to learn maneuvers that they struggle to do in lessons is one approach, but you can also help them with the more theory-based aspects. Teaching our children to drive isn’t just about being sat in the car next to them. But if we want to ensure that they have a good attitude towards safety on the road, especially as driving can be more difficult these days, this might be the best approach.

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