Many parents dread the day when their kids tell them that they want to start driving. There are a number of reasons for this, from fears for their safety to the cost of getting them on the road.
However, by following a few simple steps it doesn’t have to be as difficult getting them driving as you might think.
Show Them the Basics
The cost of taking professional lessons can be off-putting for parents. If you are the person who has to pay for their lessons then it is a big investment, which is made worse if there are several children in the family. Of course, getting them good quality lessons is essential for giving you peace of mind that they will be safe behind the wheel. That doesn’t mean that you can’t help out, though. Taking them somewhere safe and showing them the basics of driving can help them get started more quickly. They will also need fewer lessons if they can use the family car to practise between lessons. They always need to have a suitably experienced driver to join them on their practise trips, though. As well as meeting the criteria to be an accompanying driver, the person that goes out with them needs to be calm and able to pass on instructions clearly and quickly.
Explain What You Do While Driving
If your children are passengers while you drive then this is a perfect opportunity to show them a few tips. Get the person who is learning to sit beside you and explain to them the potential hazards you come across and how you avoid them. This can be a terrific bonding experience as well as chance to pass on your driving experience to them. Of course, there is only so much information that anyone can take in before putting some of it into practice. This means that it makes sense to show them a few things and then let them drive for a while, to put into practise what they have learned. Not everyone learns at the same rate, so you have to patient if they don’t understand your tips at the first time of asking.
Buy Them Study Material
Depending upon your age, you might have passed your own driving test before the current style of theory test came into being. It is a good way of making sure that new drivers are fully prepared for the roads but it also makes getting a driving licence a lot more difficult. It can be soul destroying for a youngster to fail the theory test and it can also add up to a fair sum of money if they have to sit it time and time again. The good news is that there is a lot of study material about that you could buy for them to use. Like anything the more they study the rules and regulations of driving the more chance they have of passing their test at the first time of asking. If they learn everything well then you will also feel happier that they are going to be safe out on the roads.
Find Them a Cheap Car
The final question you need to ask yourself is about what car they will drive once they pass their driving test. This can be a difficult decision for the family to make, as you either need to splash out on a new car or start to share the current one. Usually neither of these options is ideal. Buying them a cheap old banger is a tempting option but would you feel happy that they were safe in a car that was past its best and ready to fall apart? A good idea if you find a car needing some work done on it is to check out a site like MyCarNeedsA.com, to see how much the repairs would cost. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a brand new car then a good compromise could be to look for one that needs just some work done on it. With a bit of luck you can pick one up cheaply and get it into perfect condition in little or no time. If you can find a cheap car that looks great after some work on it then everyone will be happy. Be sure to work out the cost of other issues such as insurance, MOT and service before you commit to buying a car. You should also make it clear from the start who will be responsible for the running costs of the vehicle as well.