Preparing Your Child for Learning to Drive

As a parent, you will always want to encourage your child to learn to drive.

This is a fantastic life skill for them to have that can open up a whole new world and develop their independence, plus it will stop them from relying on you for lifts all the time!

It can also be a scary time for parents and you will want to do all that you can to keep them safe. So, how can you prepare your child to start driving?



Choose the Right Instructor

It is crucial that you find the right instructor and this needs to be someone that your child feels confident and comfortable with.

It is a good idea to ask around for any recommendations and always get your child to have a conversation with an instructor before coughing up for the lessons (they can be expensive!).


Choose a Suitable Car

Choosing a car for your child is a difficult and major financial decision.

This should be something that is not particularly powerful, small, safe to drive and reliable.

Typically, it is best to buy used because you can get more for your money while avoiding depreciation (they are likely to change cars after a few years of driving).

You can find cars that are well-suited to new drivers that are affordable to both buy and run.


Teach Them to Run the Car

Learning how to drive is only one aspect of becoming a motorist as you must also learn about running and looking after the car.

You need to teach them how to clean the car, how to add fuel and how to perform basic maintenance tasks.

Additionally, you should show them how to book an MOT online and what steps they should take to get their car ready for its annual MOT.


Discuss Safety

As a parent, you will want your child to learn to drive but also have concerns over safety.

This is why you need to sit down with them and discuss the importance of safety when behind the wheel and what they should/should not be doing when driving.

This includes things like:
  • Not using their phone
  • Not succumbing to peer pressure
  • Not eating/drinking while driving
  • Not driving under the influence
  • Abiding by the speed limit
  • Knowing all of the road signs

Hopefully, this post will be useful and help you to get your child prepared to start driving.

This is an exciting time and can change their life, but you will also have your concerns and want to make sure that they are fully prepared to learn to drive.

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