Parent involvement is a leading factor in improving teen driver safety. Parents are unofficial "driving coaches" – they help their teen learn to drive and lead the licensing process. But parents rarely receive the help to do this effectively – until now. Top Driver has identified key steps and created many tools for parents to more effectively coach their teens. Talk to Your Teen
Select the Right Driving School
- Before starting the process, talk with your teen and agree on your expectations and the implications of violations.
- Use a Teen Driving Contract.pdf to put those expectations on paper.
Learn the Process
- Driver education is an investment in your teen's health and safety - choose a school based on the quality of its education.
- Learn how to Evaluate a Driving School.pdf.
Be a Good Role Model and Coach
- Teens often copy their parents' driving behaviors and techniques. You should always follow the rules of the road, put away the cell phone while driving, and not drive aggressively.
- Become a better driving coach to maximize practice driving with your teen. Our free training at http://coaching.topdriver.com teaches you what to/not to say and helps you spot dangerous driving habits.
Get Involved in Their Training
Continually Assess and Evaluate
- As with any subject, parent involvement is essential to teens mastering key concepts.
- Ask what classes are like; see Top Driver Classroom Rules.pdf
- After classes, ask them what they learned and its importance.
- After in-car lessons, talk to the instructor to identify proficient and deficient skills so can appropriately focus on them during practice sessions.
- Review the On Road Coaching Guide.pdf given after every in-vehicle lesson and adjust practice accordingly.
- Illinois requires teens to drive with their parents for at least 50 hours. This is a minimum requirement - you judge whether your teen is ready or if they require more practice.
- Ensure they have experience in all driving conditions - e.g. day/night, city/highway, light/heavy traffic, sun/rain/snow.
- Record all practice hours and conditions on a Teen Driving Log.
- Consider additional professional in-vehicle training if needed.