Under Your Influence, a website dedicated to parents of teen drivers maintains the following:
They'd probably never tell you this but your teen really does look up to you. Under the layers of music, school activities, problems with friends, rebellion, struggles, and joys is your teen, and they need you to guide them in what they should and should not do. It's pretty clear that car crashes are the number one cause of death among teens, and if we all just ignore the problem, it's not going to go away.
Moral of the story? Monkey see, monkey do. It's still dangerous for you, even as a parent, to be texting while driving. It's even worse to do it in front of your teen.
Under Your Influence also gives these practice tips on driving with your teen:
- Don't be pushy
- You are in control
- Set some basic ground rules
- Pack your patience
- Don't talk down to your teen while you're teaching them how to drive
- Be sure to give specific praise to your teen while they drive
- Set a specific agenda for each time you take your teen out to practice
- Keep your conversations focused on driving
- Set a time limit that both you and your teen can agree on
- Keep a driving log while you practice
- Don't stop talking to your teen after they get their license