How to Prepare Kids for The Road



When your child becomes the age of 16 or 17, they will soon learn how to drive. It's a big step in their and your life, as soon as they will have the freedom that you enjoy too. However, driving comes with its own dangers. They are inherently dangerous and no matter how advanced cars become, that danger of losing life and limb will always be present. As a father, you should take pride in the fact of teaching your children life skills. Driving is one such skill that is almost exclusive to the parents. They cannot learn how to drive at school, they have to be taught by an instructor but it's better to not wait until that point. Give your children some lessons before they sit with a complete stranger in order to learn.


Empty parking lot

Find a parking lot that is empty at dawn or night. This will be the space you take your children, to get their first taste behind the wheel. You don’t want to present any type of danger to anyone else, thus you have to pick a spot like a large open parking lot, which is empty. The types of lessons you teach your children should be simple at first. Allow them to change gears while the car is switched off. If you don’t have a sequential gearbox and instead you have an automatic, you can get them to imagine the sensation of speed and when they should check their throttle level and mirrors. These sorts of trial tests can be done without the car running. You can then allow them to accelerate at a slow pace and then get them to brake and slow to a stop. Drive up to 10mph and then back down to 0. Increase this in intervals and teach them basic steering principles such as never crossing your arms.



Protecting themselves

If they are ever involved in a car crash, they need to be told what to expect. If parents do not try to inform their children of what they might encounter, being involved in a car crash can be quite traumatic. Tell them to only speak with an officer. Besides checking on the other party’s health, they don’t need to speak to them. Informing the officer honestly is the best thing they can do as the officer will find out the truth anyway. When your child informs you of their accident, use this Accident Report service to locate their exact report. Type in the year of the accident as well as city or ZIP code. Then type in the manufacturer of their car as well as the date it was built. You will be able to see the exact police report that was filed. If you ever need to back them in legal proceedings, this report will be invaluable in proving your child’s innocence. Even guilty drivers may try to sue their victims if they are hurt due to their actions, just to pay for their own medical bills.

Give your child an early start to driving by taking them to an empty parking lot and teaching them the basics. Show them how to protect themselves in the event of an accident.

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