Here’s some surprising news: they are listening, and more importantly, watching everything you do on the road. Research demonstrates that a parent’s choices behind the wheel are one of the largest influencers on their teen’s driving skill.
While “Do as I say, not as I do,” is certainly tempting, there are far more effective ways to coach your young driver. Here are three tips to help you get your teen on the road, safe and secure.
Check your driving behaviour
There are probably a few… not-so-perfect habits that have formed since you got your licence. To make sure you’re actually modelling great behaviours, take a drive. How do you change lanes, take a turn, or park on a busy street? You might notice that you’ve failed to signal a couple of times, done some rolling stops, or checked your phone at a light.
Want to take it up a notch? Ask your teen about your habits– as new students of the road, they are eager to showcase what they know. Parents tend to underestimate their distracted behaviours, even though this negatively impacts the behaviours of their teens, researchers share. Asking your teen can be humbling, but opens the door to bigger discussions about how you can both be safer on the roads.