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How To Teach Your Teenager to Drive


My daughter just recently got her drivers license which included getting a new car as well. I have to admit that teaching her to drive wasn't always easy. While I would have loved for her to be my little girl forever and drive her everywhere she wanted to go, it would not be possible. Eventually your little girl or boy has to grow up. So the time has come for you to teach your teenager how to drive. Your palms are sweating and your heart is racing, but that moment is here. Your teenager is more than ready to drive, so now is the time to start the training session. Here are 10 tips we have for teaching your teenager to drive.


#1. Stay calm - The moment you and your teen start arguing, the faster this driving session is going to go downhill. Make sure you stay as calm as possible to keep everything going smooth. I think this was my hardest choice ever, it can be hard being calm especially since teenagers seem to think they know it all. Also remember they're just as nervous as you are.

#2. Let the teen drive - As much as you want to reach over and grab the wheel from their hands, it’s important to let the teen drive. They’re the ones learning how to drive, so keep that in mind. Don't become that backseat/passenger driver that we all hate.

#3. Go over basics - Before your teen even gets behind the wheel it’s important to go over the basics of driving. The LAST thing you want to do is go over “the basics” while you’re trying to teach real life driving skills.

#4. Practice in all weather conditions - Unless you live in a place where is 70 degrees and sunny all the time, it’s important to practice in all weather conditions. If you live where you have snow like we do, it's a good idea to practice driving in the snow. You never know when they will have to do it without you. Having that experience will help in the long run.

#5. Role play - When it comes to learning how to drive, it’s important to know how to react when other drivers come your way. Staying cool, calm, and collected is one attitude every driver must have! Role play with your teen to discuss possible situations that could arise while driving.

#6. Practice making last minute decisions - A lot of driving has to do with making last minute decisions. Help your teen learn how to turn their signal on quickly, move out of the way when needed, and to keep their distance from other vehicles.

#7. Go over seatbelt rules - Not all teens take the whole seatbelt rule seriously. It’s important to go over seatbelt safety, go over it 100 times if that’s what it takes, and like we do, never leave the driveway until everyone is safely buckled up.

#8. No cell phones - No teen will ever be successful with driving if they don’t learn to keep their cell phone put away. Go over cell phone rules before you even start teaching your teen how to drive. All it takes is one second to take your eyes off the road to text or answer a call and that one second could be a life changer. If necessary you can install a handsfree voice activated device into your teens car that will prevent them from actually touching their phone.

#9. Gas in the car - You’ll want to go over the basics of teaching your teen how to put gas in the vehicle. You’d be surprised at how many teenagers don’t know how to do this.

#10. Practice helps a lot - While practicing doesn’t make perfect, it is an important part of learning how to drive. The more practice your teen gets, the better driver he/she will be eventually. You also don't want them to repeat their driving test over and over again. That can also be costly.

Teaching your teen how to drive will be an experience that you both will never forget. Make sure you follow these tips to help your teen have an exciting and safe driving adventure.

What are some tips you have for teaching your teenager how to drive?

Annmarie John
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  1. I have a 16 year old and this is definitely great advice. Thank you!

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  2. Practice makes perfect, right? I am already dreading the day when I have to teach my kids to drive lol.

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  3. My brothers are 15 and 16 this year so of course, I know all about preparing them to drive! These are some great tips, I think I'll share with my mom!

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  4. These are great tips. When my mom taught me how to drive it was SO STRESSFUL and not an experience I want to repeat with my kids. The cell phone rule is especially good.

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  5. I love tips #4 and #6. These are life skills one need to acquire. Having quick response and being able to think at one's feet are very important to drivers. You've done a good job there!

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  6. I learned driving as soon as I got my ID and it was so much fun back then!

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  7. Great tips! We are super close to my son taking driver's education and getting his license, so we've been talking a lot about some of the "rules" for when he gets behind the wheel.

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  8. The thought of teaching my teenager how to drive terrifies. I am leaving that to my husband.

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  9. Oh Gosh, this is terrifying to me. I think staying calm might be my weak point

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  10. This makes me so nervous. My daughter is 13 so the time is coming up. thanks for the tips I will have to remember them.

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  11. Gah, this freaks me out. I'm honestly not looking forward to teaching the kids how to drive! I remember my parents always trying to use a break that wasn't there!

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  12. I dread teaching my kids. When I was a teen my mom made me take driving lessons and I had to pay for them!

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  13. I am not ready for this!! I hope they pick up driving quickly!

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  14. This was kind of a scary experience for me at first. These are great tips to get parents through it!

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  15. This is going to be a while before I have to teach mine to drive but these are very useful tips!

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  16. Just reading about teaching a teenager how to drive makes me freak out! Glad I don't have to do that! I think you handled it pretty well though!

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  17. I just qwent through this last year with my daughter! Your tips are spot on!

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  18. Oh my goodness... I totally can not imagine doing this but one day this day will be upon me too.

    Great tips my friend.

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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  19. Omgosh bless you on this because I can only imagine these days - good luck and cute pic

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  20. My cousin who is now turning 15 asked me to teach him how to drive. Then I stumbled on this post. I was like, "that's what I'm talking about."

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  21. I remember my mom going crazy while we were in the car! It made me nervous and lose focus! This is definitely super duper helpful! :D

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  22. I don't drive and I'm already in my 30's haha. I'll make the husband read this since he's the one in charge of teaching our kids to drive. Thanks for this awesome post! Love the car by the way. :)

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  23. Ohhhh my gosh - this is so timely. While I am not a teen-ager, I am in the process of learning how to drive. I took some pointers from your list most especially practicing in all weather conditions ( sounds scary, but I guess I don't have a choice right? )

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  24. I think when learning to drive, it's important to let the student experience different situations. This would help them adopt faster when they are on their own.

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  25. My kids are still really little but I know the day will come when I have to teach them. Wahhh! The cell phones and texting really scares me
    ~Amanda

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  26. LOL, I haven't even learn how to drive myself, which I guess it's pretty much a survival skill nowadays?

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  27. I have a few years until I have a driver in my house (thankfully!) but these are great tips that I will keep in mind when the time comes. Thanks!

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  28. My husband taught the kids how to drive. I am so thankful that he took on that task. They are both great drivers!

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  29. I don't have teenagers to teach how to drive, but I have teenage nephews and a niece who I actually want to teach how to drive. The list that you assembled here is quite comprehensive and should prove very helpful to parents teaching their teens how to drive. I would like to make one suggestion: cell phone usage laws vary from state to state and should be checked before taking any measures that allow your teen to be on the phone while driving - in Ohio it is illegal for teens to talk on the phone while driving. Also, states require that your teen drives a given number of hours during the day and at night, so make sure you're in compliance.

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  30. We are big on no phone while driving. They are doing great.

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  31. Yikes yikes yikes! Dont even want to think about this yet! lol But great tips! So fun for that teen in your life!

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  32. Not for me, I do know how to drive but it is better for my kids to learn driving at recognized driving school. BTW I love your car. A cute Beetle.

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  33. I don't know how to drive, but my two teenage girls knows it all. I did not teach them their father did (when they visit their father in the house)*we are separated.

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  34. Congratulations to your daughter! What a cool set of wheels. I went to a driving school to learn how to drive and I plan to send my kids to one too. I just feel it's safer as the instructor has a set of auto controls that they can use if trouble arises.
    As you pointed out in your tips, it takes alot of practice, true. Also, kids must learn to follow strict road rules and laws. I love driving, and every day I see kids on the road who learned to drive but don't know road rules and laws.
    Personally, I believe that even if a parent teaches a child to drive, they should sign them up for a few driving school classes, it can make a huge difference.

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  35. I would also add to talk to your teen when they are driving about where they are going i.e. directions. I have had some friends of mine that once their teens got their license they did not know how to get anywhere. Talking through directions help them to remember how to get places.

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  36. Wow what a timely and useful article. My daughter is already wanting to learn how to drive this summer vacation. Will review your tips when the time comes. Thanks.

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  37. I usually let the teaching job to my husband. I freak out when I try to teach them how to drive. It is just so stressful.

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  38. My kids are not yet teen.. Guess I'll save this post up for future reference!~ Great tips!

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  39. First of all I LOVE her car. I almost bought a VW bug but decided I needed more space to haul groceries :) My daughter is about to turn 13 :( She is already talking about wanting to drive. You have some great tips. I would rather teach my daughter than let my husband. He still makes me a nervous wreck by overreacting to everything.

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  40. When it comes to teenagedriving you have to be patient and focused!And lock the car key's somewhere you never know with teens xoxo

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  41. I remember learning to drive with my parents - it was SO stressful! And they had a stick shift! Ack!

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