When your kids finally reach the age of 17, most of them will want to get started on learning to drive. You’ll probably have to pay for the lessons, and you might even have to buy them their first car. As a parent, that is something you should prepare for ahead of time. Obtaining a driving licence costs a lot of money, and insuring a vehicle when they’re only just passed isn’t cheap either.
Today, we’re going to spend a few moments highlighting some of the ways in which you can help them to achieve their goal. With the right encouragement from you, they could end up having to take fewer lessons and getting on the roads much more quickly. So, give us your full attention, and we’ll get started…
Purchasing learning materials
Your child will not be allowed to take the practical exam without first passing their theory test. For that reason, you should purchase all the most recent learning materials as soon as possible. Going through them with your child every night before their exam could make a significant difference to their chances of success. Before you make a DSA theory booking, test their knowledge as often as possible.
Take them out for a drive
So long as you add them to your insurance policy, you’re able to take your child out for a drive at any time. The law states you must place signs on your vehicle to show a learner driver is behind the wheel though, so make sure you adhere to that. Local supermarket car parks are a good place to start. Just ensure you do it when the shop is closed, and there aren’t too many other cars around.
Offer encouragement and criticism
It’s no use letting them get behind the wheel if you’re not going to instruct your kids and offer advice. So, make sure you create your own lesson plans and that you teach them properly. Remember, instructors expect candidates to drive in a certain way. That includes holding the wheel as it is meant to be held. Avoid letting them get into bad habits, as it could have an adverse effect in the long run.
Discuss any concerns they might have
Taking them out in your car is all well and good, but they need to be able to raise concerns with you. You should spend some time before and after each ride discussing anything you feel appropriate. For instance, your child might be worried about changing gear in traffic. If that is the case, you need to address the issue and work on their technique.
So long as you provide the kind of support listed in this post, your kids should obtain their driving licence in no time. We would estimate a maximum of three to six months in most circumstances. Just ensure they’re taking the task seriously, and they understand their actions could affect the lives of other road users. Most children are pretty responsive though, so they’ll probably comply with all your requests without argument.
See you back here next time!