How To Set A Good Driving Example To Your Kids

You may think that you’ve only been teaching your kid to drive for a couple of weeks, but in reality, you’ve been doing it since the very first instance you drove a car with them as a passenger. Even if it was unconscious, your child has been observing the way you drive for years, picking up on your behaviors, and assuming that this is the best way to operate a car. Here are a few tips for setting the right example as a driver…

Start Outside the Car


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Being a safe driver goes way beyond the things you do behind the wheel. It covers all kinds of factors, from properly maintaining your vehicle to making sure you’re physically fit to drive. For example, you can involve your kid in the process of necessary vehicle checks, and emphasize how important it is to drive in a safe and meticulously maintained vehicle. Most of all, make a point of how essential it is to be physically fit to drive. If they ask how much does a DUI cost, tell them it could cost them their career or even their life! Aside from the obvious issue of drink driving, be sure to mention the dangers of driving tired or emotionally stressed.

Have a Routine


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Another effective way to set a good example is having a regular routine for driving, and sticking to it religiously. Tweak your mirrors, buckle your seatbelt, and adjust the infotainment system before the car starts moving. You should also put your phone somewhere where you can’t reach it while driving the car. Distracted driving is an especially big driving sin which you need to make absolutely sure you avoid, whether you’re in a jam, at some lights, or anywhere else on the road. Distracted driving is a major problem among younger drivers, and it seems that a lot of modern teenagers have totally normalized this dangerous habit. If they see you glancing down to send a text or answer a call on a regular basis, then they could wind up thinking there’s nothing wrong with this.

Work on your Attitude


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Being a good role model when you’re behind the wheel should also involve the way you deal with surprise situations. For example, let’s say another driver cut you off, and almost caused a collision with your car. Sure, it’s tempting to shout and swear up a storm. However, it’s always safer to keep your cool, take a deep breath, and let the offense pass, no matter how angry you are. Obviously, your attitude to driving covers much more than how prone to road rage you are. Do you stick to the speed limit? Do you avoid taking chances at intersections? Do you allow a safe distance between you and the car in front? If you answered no to any of these questions, you need to start making an effort to iron out these habits. This can be hard, but it’s necessary if you want your kid to be the safest teenager on the road!


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