Watching your children grow from helpless babies into well-adjusted adults is a wonderful experience. Seeing your child crawl, toddle, then walk or hearing them say their first word, are experiences that bring joy to your heart.
All parents are pleased to see them pass these developmental milestones, and look forward to seeing them reach the next stage in their journey into adulthood. However, every now and again you get the urge to hold them back, to keep them as a child, so that you can carry on protecting them. Many parents experience this feeling when it is time to teach their child to drive.
These feelings are understandable given the fact that young drivers are more likely to have accidents. It is only natural to want to protect your child from this potential danger. However, most parents conclude that they have to overcome those fears, because not doing so will hold their children back, in the future.
The truth is that the sooner your child starts to learn to drive the better driver they are likely to become. This is why it is a good idea to get your children used to controlling vehicles from an early age.
Learning basic vehicle control
This can be as simple as letting them use your ride on mower, or taking them to your local kart centre from an early age. Activities like this give children the chance to get behind the wheel, and learn how to steer. It gives them confidence, and help to become better car drivers.
Cyclists make safer drivers
Taking them out cycling is also a way to help them to build up other skills that will help them when it is time to learn to drive. Research carried out by insurance companies show that experienced cyclists make better drivers. They are far more aware of what is going on around them, and are often more considerate to other road users. You can read more about this study here.
Teach them about road signs early
It is never too early to start to teach your children about road awareness and road signs. Even very young children can benefit from understanding what a crossing sign is, and how it can help them to find a safe place to cross a road.
Encouraging them to notice road signs, and understand what they mean, from an early age will make this element of driving second nature for them when they are old enough to get behind the wheel themselves. You can easily turn teaching them into a game, which makes it fun. It can also be a great way to pass the time on a long journey.
The road traffic sign quizzes, on this website are another great way to help your teenager to learn their highway signs and test their knowledge. They are also a good way for you to test yourself, and re-familiarise yourself with traffic signs that you do not see very often.
If you follow the tips outlined above, you will have prepared your child well for getting behind the wheel, when they are older. Taking this approach will also help to make you feel less nervous about letting your teenager drive.