This article is intended to give parents some ideas about introducing driving and helping their kids build the necessary responsibility to be safe drivers on the road.
Something we can all agree on is that parenting is a life long commitment regardless of your kid’s age. One of the most important jobs of being a parent is helping your kids become responsible and mature members of society – especially when it comes to driving. Most can agree that the late teenage years is the most sensitive time for both parents and kids. Late teens becoming new driver is commonly one of those sensitive moments, and its important to reach out for some advice on how to manage this.
We have a few tips we can share but would first like to start off with a baseline discussion around the value of money and the expense challenges associated to driving. Studies have shown a direct correlation to responsible spenders and responsible drivers. As brokers at Breckles Insurance, we often see teenagers gifted with cars and parents covering expenses from A-Z. This often seems to be problematic due to the fact that teenagers, at sensitive stage in life are not able to take on their first (and most important) financial challenge in life. Without understanding the high expense of vehicle ownership and insurance responsibilities, we often see a trend towards poor driving and insurance history. We recommend that parents partner with their kids and embrace this stage as a life learning skill that will help everyone down the road – no pun intended. Due to this problem that we see happening more and more, we have come up with some suggestions for new teenage drivers.
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