Time flies by, doesn’t it? Your baby learned how to walk, talk, and now they’re learning how to drive. And you may be tempted to make life easier for them to give them some pointers and sit in the car with them while they’re learning the basics and building confidence. Depending on where you live in the world, it could be expected of you to be their supervising driver. So here are a few tips to get you through the experience.
Calmness And Composure Will Win The Day
When you’re sat with them and they’ve stalled the car, or they’re holding up traffic it can be stressful for everyone concerned. So make sure you stay calm with your child because if you give off the slightest whiff of anger or stress, they won’t want to drive with you in the car ever, and it will sour your relationship for a while. Remember when you learned how to drive, were you perfect right off the bat? I didn’t think so. And it was really stressful for you. Think about how many more cars there are on the road now, a lot more!
Think About The Type Of Car You’d Like Them To Drive
No doubt they would want a Jeep or an SUV or something that’s expensive once they’ve passed their test. The cliché of getting them a little runaround is a cliché for a reason, they’re not too expensive, and they do the job. Something like a Golf or a Mini is easy to drive and there are plenty of Volkswagen dealers who do competitive rates. And while they may not give two hoots about safety, you need to have a hand in picking something that isn’t a battered second-hand pile of rust. If you can, go for new, because it’s much more peace of mind for you.
Know The Rules Of The Road
It may sound obvious, but you drive completely different to when you were learning. You’ve picked up bad habits, and you think you know everything like the back of your hand, while your child is coming at it from a fresh perspective. You need them to not pick up your bad habits! So it might be worth you doing a little reading up on the rules of the road too. And when you’re taking them out for a drive, get an idea of where is best at certain times of the day. They won’t learn anything stuck in a 2-hour traffic jam.
Take It Slow…
Driving is such an impatient pastime, and you want to make sure that your child has learnt everything they possibly can, and then some! Detailed lessons in every single type of scenario may sound like throwing them in at the deep end, but it’s a good way to build confidence. But if they feel stressed about it, take a breather and give it some time. It’s a big thing, and it’s probably the most stressful thing they’ll have to do for a while.