Dealing With The Worry Of Your Children Starting To Drive
There are many rites of passage which parents and children go through together, and many of them can be real tests in so many ways. One example is when your child is learning to drive, or when they have started driving after they have passed their test. There are a lot of reasons to be worried and stressed out during this time, and it is very common for that to be the experience as the parent. But there are also a lot of things you can always do in order to make sure that you don’t worry too much, and it all comes down to helping them stay safe on the roads.
Check Their Eyesight
Although it might sound a little obvious, you do need to make sure that your child is actually ready to drive, and one of the main elements of this is checking their eyesight. If you have not taken them to the optometrist for a while, you should do so, and you should of course be doing this at least once a year thereafter anyway. If they need glasses, don’t hesitate in getting them. The last thing you want is to know that your child is driving on public roads without being able to see as well as possible.
Look After Their General Health
We often forget that it is important to be as healthy as possible in order to drive well. If your child is not perfectly healthy, there are many ways in which this can negatively affect their driving ability, and you will find that they are therefore not as safe as you would want them to be. So, be sure to take your child for a health check-up with their doctor, ensuring that everything that needs to be checked is checked, and that any potential issues are followed up as soon as possible.
Talk To Them
A valuable way to make sure your child drives as safely as possible is simply to talk to them. As long as you have informed them of all of the potential dangers, they are much more likely to take it all seriously. You will also be able to discern whether or not they have any questions, which might be the difference between life and death at the end of the day. As with any other rite of passage, actually having a conversation with them is very often one of the most important steps you can take as a parent.
The question of who is going to teach your child is an important one. Many parents find that teaching their child themselves is the best way to assuage their fears, while others will much prefer to hire a professional to do it. Whatever you think is best, just make sure you also check with your child about what they would prefer. Ultimately, you want to ensure that they actually learn to drive proficiently, and the best way to ensure that is to make sure they are taught well – by whomever that might be.
One of the major things that will help you as the parent to be less worried about your child driving a car is ensuring that the vehicle itself is as safe as possible. There are so many things that you will need to think about here. First of all, if your child is getting a new car, be sure to go with them to check it and buy it, so you can double check whether there is anything wrong with it. That will mean you are much more likely to be able to have peace of mind as they learn in that car.
Beyond that, there are many other steps you can take to make sure that the car they are driving is safe. That might include upgrading to mag wheels, keeping the car regularly maintained by a professional mechanic, and doing whatever you can to keep a close eye on the vehicle. In particular, you should also teach your child to watch out for anything that might appear to be going wrong with their vehicle, and in particular to know the common warning signs that any driver should be able to spot. If you can do that, you know that they are more likely to stay safe on the roads.
A Good Breakdown Procedure
Your child will always benefit from having some kind of decent breakdown procedure, so that they know what to do if anything goes wrong with their vehicle while they are driving. As far as possible, you should help them to develop such a procedure, which might well include calling you should they ever be in a tight spot, and along the way you should make sure to reiterate that their own safety is the primary concern, along with the safety of other road users after that. If they have a good breakdown procedure, they are likely going to be much safer on the roads, and should not find themselves getting into too much danger, even if they do break down or something else goes wrong while they are driving.
There are really two sources of anxiety that you might need to deal with here – your own, and your child’s. If you can deal with both of these at once, you will find that their driving is safer, and that you are less worried on the whole too. In order to manage theirs, make sure that they are aware of how to relax while driving, which might be as simple as taking a deep breath before setting off for a journey. In order to manage your own anxiety, make sure that you follow all of the things in this list, and that you trust in your child to drive well. Ultimately, it is this trust which is really going to make all the difference to how they drive, and how you feel about them driving. Without that, you can’t expect them to be as safe.