Teen Drivers Getting Keys

New drivers are eager to drive. I was too short after I had my driver’s license. Of course, with the years commuting is no fun anymore, but for teens, driving represent a new life. Parents on the other side find incredibly stressful giving the car’s key to their teenage children. Most parents drive with their children to see how they cope behind the wheel, but handing over the keys is mostly a source of anxiety.

The best way of dealing with this anxiety is based on good old communication and modern technology too. The rate of accidents of teen drivers is huge. However, not all teens are alike.

The first point is not letting your children drive with the cell phone and don’t call them while they are driving. Text messages specially are a huge distraction for young driver and a terrible source of accidents. Never let the keys of your car on the hand of someone who believes being able to read a text message while driving. It is simply not possible.

The second ground rule is establishing a road map where the teen may and may not take the car. New automobile GPS keep track where you car has been. Most models also allow for real time tracking through your cell phone or the internet. With such system you will always know where your car is.

An automobile GPS allows for negotiating safe zone -perhaps the road between school and home -and to expand or reduce this safe zone. Some GPSs systems also track the speed limit and so you will be informed for gross infraction of your ground rules.

Having an automobile GPS on your car will also make your insurance policy cheaper since recovering a stolen car equipped with GPS is much, much easier.

Of course, installing an automobile GPS and not telling your teen may be a huge source of conflict. Don’t ‘sell’ it as a control mechanism. Explain what your car means to you and about your necessity of always knowing where the car is and when you will have it back.

Make your son or daughter feel like this is something you are accomplishing together. Take him or her for a drive and test their driving style or ask them for a full brake in a quiet area, for example.

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  1. Diana FitzPatrick

    Oh the joy of teen driving, parents please just try to remember when you were there.
    Remember how we knew we were in total control and couldn’t fathom why our parents were so aprehensive. I own a driving school in Ca. and every year a rumor surfaces about raising the age limit for new drivers, it never happens mainly because parents rely on this new driver in the family helping out and lets face it a car creates huge leverage for control.I agree with Doug you can legislate all you want but education and inforcement is key. Here in California there is a restriction on driving with anyone younger than 25 when the driver has a learners permit. A restriction also applies to driving with anyone younger than 21 for new licensed drivers. In my conversations with teens who are training (permit holders)I am told that no one obeys this ristriction,how do you inforce it? The police have better things to do than to do. I applaud the cell phone ban for all ages .
    The Schools will not begin a drivers training class because they have “better” uses for that money , you see all the money now goes into a general fund where it is used for more pressing projects. They will still teach drivers ed class along with a health class because that is how they get their funding from the Gov. So dear friends it is up to the driving schools for 3 lesson of 2 hours each and most importantly the Parents who are required to spend 50 hours with the student 10 of those hours for night driving. Kalil Gibran said the parents are the bow and string the child is the arrow. It is up to us as Parents to make sure our children learn to drive and recieve their license at the proper time in concert with the driving schools.


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