The role of parents of learner drivers

Parents of learner drivers want their children to enjoy the freedom that possessing a license entails and many families also enjoy the assistance a further driver can bring to the family. In order for teens to become safe drivers, they need to have the requisite practice and experience gained during their driving lessons with both their instructor and parents.

Parents of learner drivers want their children to enjoy the freedom that possessing a license entails and many families also enjoy the assistance a further driver can bring to the family. In order for teens to become safe drivers, they need to have the requisite practice and experience gained during their driving lessons with both their instructor and parents.

Parents Tips:

Implement RoadReady.ie Teen Guide. Review Tips and information provided to come up with a schedule or program that suits you and your teen. Discuss with your teen learner driver the responsibilities that come with becoming a licensed driver. Your experience will prove invaluable in assisting your teen understand the Rules of the Road and provide them with real world understanding of how to conduct themselves while operating a motor vehicle.

Teens and Adults should know the latest Rules of the Road The RoadReady.ie Teen Guide provides links to information on all the latest changes to the Rules of the Road and Theory testing to assist in your teens driving education.

Provide a solid driving role model for your teen driver your teen will look to you for guidance as their benchmark for how to operate behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. By teaching your teen driver proper road etiquette and respect for traffic laws and safety you will give them a solid grounding for when they are driving on their own.

Provide an appropriate vehicle for your learner driver to operate By providing a safe and appropriate vehicle for your teen to begin their driving education you will enable them feel more secure and more aptly able to learn the traffic and road laws efficiently.

Teach your teen the risks and how to prevent them Discuss the many areas including consumption of alcohol, distractions such as mobile phones, loud music, eating and any other visual distraction that may impede driving with your teen s that they may avoid these risks. Develop a healthy open communication in relation to the pitfalls of drink driving and speeding that not only endanger their safety but that of others as well so they understand the responsibility of operating a vehicle on our roads. Other factors such as driving at night or in adverse weather should all be addressed during the learner drivers’ education.

Set rules for your teen driver while operating their motor vehicle By setting out ground rules in relation to curfew, who may or may not be allowed to accompany your teen while driving and other rules which you find appropriate your teen will have a full understanding of their responsibilities while on the road.

Teach your child from an early age Parents can start laying the groundwork for their children’s driving education at an early age. By setting a good example of how to conduct yourself on the roads and slowly allowing your child to adopt these rules you can greatly benefit the learner driver upon the beginning of their motor vehicle training.

Parents hold the key to a successful driving tuition:

Ensure you have gone through the Rules of the Road with your teen driver

Check that your teen drivers instructor is fully ADI qualified and feel free to ride along for further support

Make sure your teen has a thorough understanding of road/traffic laws & etiquette

Keep up to date on the latest changes to road and traffic safety laws