When I was about 12, my dad took steps to assure I had sufficient time to gain the skills I needed to become a confident driver. So, the transition into driving solo, had been smooth and easy for me.
Now that it was time for me to pass on his knowledge, I was about to discover that the transition may not have seemed so comfortable for my dad!
When my teens turned 15, I knew that the driving question was just around the corner… and that somehow, time had slipped up on me! I realized that the time period I had allotted for them to acquire safe habits was much too short!
Adventures with my teens’ driving sessions were just as scary for me as they were for them. I wished that I had started pointing out various pitfalls a lot earlier! That way, when they started driving solo, the dangers that could possibly arise would already be ingrained into their minds.
I formed a list of hazards of which to be aware, but I found to my dismay, that I had to add to the list every time we took another drive. Seemed that something else I had taken for granted would pose a new problem for them.
I devised a written test (to their annoyance, I might add) and insisted it be passed with a grade of A before I would allow them to take the state’s test.
I hope this list will be a good starting point for you and your teen.