3. Help your young driver stay consistent
All those practical lessons in driving school can quickly become a distant memory, as can the theory learnt in the driver’s handbook. As days go by, it’s natural to become more comfortable on the roads and begin developing bad habits along the way. Help your young driver keep their newfound safe driving knowledge fresh in their mind with the Onlia Insurance safe driving app.
For a new driver who’s used to having a parent, guardian, or driving instructor in the passenger seat – the Onlia Insurance app is the next best thing. Score trips based on factors such as acceleration, braking, cornering, speed, and the day and time that you’re driving. Use in-app insights to help maintain or develop driving technique. As a parent, there’s an added bonus of also understanding if and when your teen driver is distracted driving. The best part? For continued safe driving behaviour over time, your young driver can earn badges and perks to redeem for free stuff.
4. 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.
5. Have ongoing conversations with your young driver
The Onlia Insurance app provides a great way to gamify safe driving, and also acts as a great tool to have regular conversations about how your teen driver is performing out in the real world. Take a minute or two each week to review your new driver’s trip scores and shares some tips on how they can possibly improve. For some extra fun, compare your drive score with your young driver, and challenge each other for top score.
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.