5 ways on how to help your teen become a safe driver

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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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One moment you were sharing magical stories sprinkled with fairy dust, and now they are grown up literally taking the wheel to their own life. If your teen is learning how to drive, there are a few safety skills you can instil in them that they will never forget well into adulthood. We have gathered five safety tips to teach your teen on how to become a safe driver.

Be clear with instructions

Remember when you felt tense behind the wheel for the first time, and you had anxieties of making a mistake? Having you beside them could either make them sweat like a monkey which is not good for concentration or could work in favour of them depending on how you communicate. Teens who are learning to drive sometimes only focus on the first two cars in front of them, while you as an experienced driver know that you should look ahead for traffic lights, hazards, signs and so forth. Tell them to be careful of the roadblock up ahead, rather than shouting “Be careful!” Encourage them by complimenting their driving safety skills they implement without you telling them.

Be a role model

As human’s we are visual beings and we learn by watching others do what we want to do. As a parent, you are your teen’s role model when it comes to safety. If you don’t use any safety rules like putting on a seat belt before you take off, using your phone while you drive, and fiddling with the radio to find those sweet tunes, they are most likely not to do so too. If you take unauthorised cuts, and change lanes on the road they will too. If that has been the case, you still have a chance to fix this with them. Perhaps in the process of teaching, you too will learn a few things.

Choosing the right car

When it comes to teens choosing a car safety is probably not the number one thing on their mind. Instead, they want a car that looks good, can take them from A to B without relying on mom and dad and has a cool sound system to blast their tunes. You on the other hand still have the power to decide. Whether you are paying cash, or speaking to a financial advisor for a car loan that has competitive interest rates, you will have the final say. You will have to check if it’s safe or economical. Choose a car that is appropriate and easy to drive for their age instead of overwhelming them.

Insure, Insure, Insure

Take out insurance to keep you and your loved ones protected on the road. You can speak to your insurer to see if your insurance policy automatically covers a learner driver that is being taught by a parent. If you have a compulsory green slip only as cover then it is advisable that you upgrade, it to comprehensive insurance by speaking to an accredited financial provider who will ensure that you drive away with the best deal.

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