As a parent, it can be difficult to accept that your teen is going to be a driver.  It’s natural to be nervous about keeping them safe on the road.  However, they’re going to grow up inevitably.  It’s time to accept that they’re going to be behind the wheel.  Rather than worrying about them getting hurt on the road, use that energy to help them become a skilled driver and independent adult.

Here are some of the best tips for parents of teen drivers in order to keep everyone happy and safe.

Try To Relax!
Before anything, it’s time to take a deep breath and relax.  Your children can’t stay children forever, so it’s time to accept it.  Once you have accepted that your children are evolving into the next stage of their lives, you’ll be much more relaxed.

Stressing all of the time isn’t good for you, and it isn’t good for your teen.  The more that you hash over what could potentially go wrong and worry for their well-being, the more self-doubt they’ll be filled with.  Let go and allow them to branch out into adults!

Be An Active Part of Their Drivers Ed Course
Not being overly-protective about your teen doesn’t mean that you have to be completely hands-off.  Being involved with their drivers ed course is incredibly beneficial to them.  Help them outside of the classroom by going over road-signs and practicing driving together.

Encourage your child to drive as much as possible with you so that they can practice what they learn.  With a patient and helpful parent, they can gain valuable driving skills.  You may want to lose your patience a few times,  and likely they will too, but just try to breathe!

Set Clear Ground Rules
You should have crystal clear boundaries about what the driving rules are in your household.  Since car accidents are a leading cause of death in teens, it’s critical that they respect the rules.

The rules aren’t there just to drive them crazy.  They’re put in place to keep everyone safe. They should be checking in with you regularly and respecting the rules about who should and shouldn’t be in the vehicle with them.  If they break the rules, their driving privileges should be suspended without question.

Look On The Bright Side
Even though you may be finding more to be worried about than to be thankful for, there’s a bright side if you look closely enough.

You no longer have to pick them up and drop them off all the time. They can run errands for you if you need something from the store.  For once you can be the one asking them for rides!