Unexpected Skills You Should Teach Your Teen Driver

Your teen driver could benefit from these driving lessons.

When you’re teaching your teen to drive, it’s natural to teach them the basics. However, as they fall into the routine of driving to familiar places under the same conditions, it’s easy for them to become overconfident. If they are faced with an unfamiliar driving situation, they may not know how to handle it. Make sure your teen driver is prepared for every situation by teaching them these skills.

Reading Stoplights

While your teen knows how to read the traditional red, green, and yellow stoplight, these aren’t the only stoplights they will encounter. Your teen driver might not recognize the differences in stoplights and they may not know that to do when faced with an unfamiliar signal. For instance, you should inform your teen that a flashing yellow means to yield before turning left. Do your best to find unusual stoplights in your area so your child can see how they work in action.

Driving Long Distance

While your child might feel good about driving to school or to the local mall, they might not be prepared for a longer drive. Don’t send your child on a long road trip on their own; instead, have them handle a long stretch on your next family vacation. Teach them how they can deal with the tedium and tiring nature of extended driving.

Navigating Unfamiliar Areas

With smart phones and other GPS-enabled devices, your child might not have bothered to learn how to use a map or navigate when they are in an unfamiliar place. However, if your child should find themselves in a situation where they cannot use their devices, then they could be in a serious predicament. That’s why it’s so important to teach your teen how to read a map. Additionally, teach your child how to stay calm and remind them that’s it’s much safer to pull off the road than to drive in confusion.

These are just a few of the unusual driving skills that your teen should acquire in their lessons.  Another way to make sure your teen is prepared for the road is to make sure they have the right insurance coverage.  For assistance with your insurance, contact the professionals at Fullhart Insurance Agency. Serving all of Waldport, Reedsport, Sisters, and Tigard, Oregon, and the surrounding areas we serve all your personal and commercial insurance needs.

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