- Have rules in place: No teenager should be hitting the road without some rules in place. Talk to your teen about what they think is fair and then implement a set of rules that they must follow. If they don’t like your rules, then they don’t need to be driving. I think almost any parent can agree with that.
- Teach them to make their own choices: You cannot have a teenager on the road that is incapable of making their own choices. While driving, your teen will be making a ton of choices and they will always need to make the right one. From the time they are young, bring your child up to make good choices. Of course, this is always easier said than done.
- You can’t “over teach” someone to drive: When it comes to having your teenager on the road, you simply cannot over teach them. Practice as much as possible and let them know you want them to be the best driver on the road. Your teenager will be the best driver possible because you helped them learn. When your teenager has confidence in their driving abilities, they are able to make better choices on the road.
- Teach them how one bad choice can be deadly: Drinking and driving, getting in the vehicle with someone who has been drinking, or even texting can all be deadly. Teach them that “thinking things through” is always a good thing! Think before you act.
- Let your teenager know they can call you: Another way to make sure your teen is able to follow your boundaries is by having an open communication with them. Always let them know that they can call you for your advice or for your opinion.
Setting boundaries with your teen driver is all about equipping them with the tools they need to be successful. Allow them to make their own choices, but also keep the communication lines open with them. Remind them that boundaries are to ensure they keep safe while driving. If you aren’t keen on handing over your own car keys, check out The Chevy Source and possible get them their own vehicle.
What boundaries have you set with your teen driver?