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If you are a parent of a teen who has just passed their G1 or G2 test, then you have experienced first-hand, the eagerness these young drivers have to get behind the wheel. And not just any wheel - your wheel. With so many place to go, and so many people to see, it's natural that your teen driver is anxious to begin exploring their newfound mobility. As with any new increase in responsibility, it can take some time to feel at ease with this new role – as both a young driver, and as the parent of a young driver. Before your teen hits the road, follow these five tips to ensure a safe and successful experience for both you, and your new driver.

1. Provide a safe vehicle

As the saying goes – a worker is only as good as his tools. Set your young driver up for success by providing a safe vehicle for them to navigate the streets in. With all the newfound driving knowledge whirling in their mind, the last thing a new driver needs to be concerned with is the blinking service light on the dash. Alleviate any stress in advance by ensuring the family car has been safely maintained. We’re talking tire pressure, oils and lubricants, break pads – you name it.

2. Flag any dangerous intersections

We all know that one intersection that is known for being especially tricky to navigate. Be it an advanced light, a slightly hidden stop sign, or some other unexpected feature – experienced drivers know to anticipate trouble, but a new driver may not be as aware. Give your young driver a run-down of all the safest routes in your community, and your best excuses to take a slight detour around your least favourite spots. Not only will your young driver know all the best routes (from a pro driver, such as yourself), but they’ll also know what things to look at for when approaching new intersections. After all, being prepared is half the battle.

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3. Make sure they’re protected if something goes wrong

When you add a new, young driver to your policy, your premiums will increase more than they would if you were adding a seasoned driver, like a spouse or partner. Insurance rates for young drivers are higher because they are considered to pose more risk than other age groups. In a study conducted by Transport Canada, people between the ages of 16–24 accounted for 24% of auto collision related fatalities. The goal is of course to make sure your teen driver never experiences an unfortunate incident, but it feels good to know you’re covered in a worst case scenario.

4. Have ongoing conversations with your young driver

While you’re chatting safe driving, it’s always a great time to remind your driver of the hazards of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Not sure how to approach that topic? Our Driving High blog has some helpful tips. More than anything, help your young driver feel understood and supported as they continue on their safe driving journey. Being new to the roads can be daunting, it’s important that your teen driver feels confident, empowered, and most of all – safe.

It can sometimes be hard to remember your first days on the road and the anxieties and excitement that come with being a new driver. More than anything, it’s important to get your young driver off on the right foot – which means preparing them with all the tools and information they need to make safe driving choices. We hope the above tips help you support your young driver along the way.

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