It’s hard to believe your child, the one you constantly hound to get homework done and has difficulty finding his shoes, is ready for a driver’s license. He turns 15 and you think to yourself, “he’s just a teenager.” Next thing you know, he’s asking if he can take the family car. It all happens so fast. You now must consider trusting your child — the same child who cannot remember to take out the trash — with his own life in your personal vehicle. You’ll never feel fully prepared for this event, but there are steps you can take that can relieve your anxiety.
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Testing Experience Look for organizations that offer online virtual driver’s education. This is a great way to familiarize your child to the hazards of driving from the safety of your living room. Websites such as Driving-Tests.org offer on-line Florida permit practice tests for your teen to study and see how well he’s studied the rules of the road.
Driving Experience A National Highway Traffic Administration survey shows the crash rate for 16-year-olds is 3.7 times higher than all other drivers. The crash rate for 16- to 19-year-olds is 2.7 times higher than drivers of all ages. These statistics prove the more driving time your student driver has, the less likely he is to experience a crash. Give your child the experience advantage by allowing him to drive while you ride shotgun. This is an opportunity for you to obtain first-hand experience in what your teenager views as risks of the road and discuss the hazards of driving. Before you hit the road, you should make a plan: