As a parent, helping your teen build confidence when they’re behind the wheel is so important for road-ready safe driving.
It’s no secret that teen drivers are a constant worry for parents and guardians, alike. While this isn’t because anyone feels that they’re any less safe of a driver, they’re new to the road and can sometimes get distracted easily.
With Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26) happening soon, now is a great time to prepare your teen driver for how to be confident and safe when they’re driving down the road.
Building Teen Confidence with Safe Driving
Looking for simple ways to help talk about safe driving with your teen? These safe driving tips can help boost their confidence when they are behind the wheel.
Our teen daughter is actually 15 and learning how to drive. While we’ve been going over all the driving safety tips that we can think of with her on a daily basis, there are some that we talk about with her more than others.
Truth be told, I’m nervous when it comes to thinking about our daughter driving. I know that we’ve prepared her well and led by example about what it means to be a safe driver, but there is still worry about the fact that she’s going to be out on the open road.
So, while I’m helping to build up her confidence, I’m working just as hard to build up my own confidence in her ability to drive safely.
The good news? We’re all in this together. The more that we can commit to teaching our children the importance of safe driving, the better and safer the roads will be.
Being a teen and having the responsibility of driving is hard so it’s truly important to figure out a way to highlight all the important key points of road-readiness.
Texting While Driving Can Wait
Driving distracted is a real issue that we all actually deal with. From incoming texts to selfies, anything that causes your teen to take their hands off the steering wheel can be a serious distraction.
Inform your teen that there is no text or phone call more important than their safety. In just a split second, their lives can change forever.
As parents, you can actually help alleviate the distractions by downloading an app to their cell phone that keeps their phone disabled when their car is in drive. Not only can this help them not be distracted but it can also help save their life.
Teach your child safety from day one
Did you know that your child learns from everything that you do? When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat driving, they’re watching.
Putting on your seatbelt, checking your mirrors and talking out loud about the importance of safety in driving will instill knowledge and awareness in them that will help them drive safely in the future.
When you’re handing over the keys for them to start driving, make them go through all the safety features with you. It’s a simple way that you can ensure that being as safe as possible when driving is becoming a habit for them that they’re going to remember every single time.
Give them the responsibility of paying half their own car insurance premium
One simple way that you can show your teen the importance of safe driving is to let him have the responsibility of covering half of their insurance premium.
They’ll quickly realize that it’s expensive to insure themselves and if they ever happen to get into an accident or get a speeding ticket, they’ll find out that they become a lot more expensive each month when they’re not following and obeying traffic laws.
This is also a good way to show your teen that their actions do have consequences.
Looking for a simple way to save money on car insurance?
Speaking of holding your teen responsible for their insurance premium, COUNTRY Financial offers some teen driver discounts.
- Good Student Discount
If your teen driver averages a B or higher, they just might qualify for up to 25% off regular insurance premiums. This means more money in their pocket all while being rewarded for their efforts.
- Driver Training Discounts
Is your teen interested in taking a driver’s education course? This can save anywhere from 5%-10% per month.
- Simply Drive
COUNTRY Financial offers a course that can give you peace of mind as a parent and also bigs savings monthly for your teen’s insurance premium. How much savings? Up to 10% just for completion!
All of these are great ways to save some extra money and help teach your teen confidence and tips about safe driving.
We remind our daughter daily how staying safe on the road is truly a way to make certain that she is putting herself and her safety first.
To find out more about how COUNTRY Financial can help, click here.
When it comes to building up your teen’s confidence in their driving ability, make sure they understand the basic safety laws and rules.
Do you have any other tips for building your teen’s confidence about safe driving?
Amount and availability of discounts and coverage varies by state. Auto insurance policies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Casualty Insurance Company®, and COUNTRY Preferred Insurance Company®, Bloomington, Illinois.