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  1. Mother of 3
    May 3, 2016 @ 4:27 pm

    I was petrified to get my own licence and I’m not looking forward to teaching my teen to drive. I’m really hoping my husband will take that on! These are great tips though.

  2. Heidi
    May 3, 2016 @ 8:47 pm

    I was thrilled to not have to do the driving instruction! I did not start driving with our daughter until she was a little bit more capable.

  3. Finishing Strong #88 - Eva Varga
    May 11, 2016 @ 9:07 am

    […] years yet before she even considers driving yet I love the tips that Heidi outlines in her post, 10 Tips for Teaching Teen Drivers. This is one post I know I will come back to again and […]

  4. Lucretia
    August 16, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

    This is the first list of tips that has actually been helpful. My teen is extremely nervous about learning to drive in our bustling city and it is hard to find a quite street or vacant parking lot that a security guard will not kick us out of. Our state also requires me to log 30 hours of teaching time before he can take the drivers test. I will be using all of these tips.

  5. Smitty
    November 13, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

    These are all great tips. As a professional tow truck driver, I’d like to add a couple more.

    When a teen gets their license, I wish parents would walk through the “what if” scenarios of a break-down, flat tire, locking keys in the car or – if you live in a snowy climate like St Paul Minnesota – if your teen ends up in a snow bank. Research shows that 95% of drivers break down once in their life, but even more scary for teen drivers is that fact that 73% of young drivers broke down last year.

    If you don’t talk about “what to do when this occurs” before it happens, your teen is likely to call a friend for help before calling you! Find a reliable tow truck company in your town and put their phone number in your teen’s phone. Tell your teen to call that tow truck company if they have a flat tire, they lock their keys in the car, the car won’t start or they end up in a snow bank. Once the tow truck is on the way, the next call they should make is to you.

    And this leads to tip #2. Teach them to beware of “tow truck bandits.” These “bandit” tow truck operators troll the highways, stalk parking lots and monitor police radios to find accidents looking for vehicles they can tow body shops or storage facilities where the cars are held hostage until the vehicle’s owner and their insurance companies pay inflated towing, storage and maybe even repair charges (which you may not have authorized) to get the vehicle back.

    It is easy to fall victim to a tow truck bandit when you’re stranded on the side of the road. You call a tow truck. Minutes later a tow truck pulls up behind you. You assume it’s the one you called. NOT necessarily. It may be a tow truck bandit. Tell your teen to look at the tow truck and make sure the name matches the one you told them to call. If it’s anyone else, tell your teen to stay in their car, with the doors locked. Roll the window down about an inch and tell the bandit that you already have help on the way.

    These two tips, along with those above, will serve your teen very well.

    Smitty Big Tow

  6. susanhomeschooling
    September 12, 2017 @ 10:21 am

    My oldest son just got his driver’s license, and he’s actually a really good driver! I was a bit nervous when he first started driving, but he got the hang of it pretty quickly. I think it’s a great idea to have a running commentary to see what they are paying attention to, and we can tell our teen what they should be noticing.

  7. Heidi
    September 12, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    The running commentary is one I would not have thought of or insisted on, by as my husband was a driving instructor, it was a technique he used and felt was an important piece of the puzzle when teaching teens to drive.

  8. practicalbydefault
    September 14, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

    My son is 15 and just reading this stressed me out lol I am so not ready!!

  9. Heidi
    September 14, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

    Haha! I am seriously more worried about my son driving (he turns 15 soon) than I was my daughter! His attention span and focus are WAY less than hers!

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