It's important to learn all the laws and set your own rules beforehand.
The age when your child can obtain a driver's learning permit or junior driver's license varies depending on the state you live in. As soon as they are able to, most teenagers will approach you about taking classes and taking the permit test. Before you give your kid your approval, familiarize yourself with the driving laws for teen drivers, and also begin setting rules and boundaries for your child. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests letting them drive only during the daytime, banning passengers, restricting cellphone use inside the vehicle, and perhaps establishing an early curfew.
It's important to know that our children learn through us.
When giving your child permission to get behind the wheel, it is important that you lead by example. Kids pick up a lot of their driving habits from their parents, so it is imperative that you also practice safe driving. For example, if you text while driving, it is more likely that your child will do the same. So be a role model when you are on the road.
Make sure your child is aware of the dangers of driving.
While driving does provide freedom and gives teens a sense of what it is like to be an adult, it is important to start a conversation about the dangers that they might encounter while on the road. Teach them the risks of driving while drunk and ways to avoid distractions like passengers, the radio, and other electronic devices. It takes only a few seconds to lose control of a vehicle. Driving during nighttime and the summer months also increases risk factors. By establishing rules and consequences, you are showing your child that driving is a major responsibility and not just fun and games.