You can start teaching your children how to properly drive without letting them behind the wheel, before they are even old enough to drive. The earlier you start teaching them the proper ways in which to drive the better chances they’ll have at being a safe driver.
But how do you teach your child vehicle safety when they can’t drive? You show them by being a good driver and going over the basics with them.
Lead By Example
By being a good driver yourself, you teach your children how to be safe drivers. Always follow the speed limit. Always be careful when it comes to driving in construction zones and school zones. By being a safe driver your child will learn to be safe too.
If you want your child to understand the safety of driving you need to ensure that you too are following the laws set for motor vehicles. It also means making sure that they always wear their seatbelts, or are in booster seats when they are supposed to be.
Teach Them About Accident Safety
It’s important to know accident safety yourself, but it’s also important your child understands as well. Accidents can happen even if you are the safest driver on the road. You have no control over the other drivers on the road.
Your child needs to learn to stay calm in a scary situation, that dialing 911 is one of the most important things to do, and that if they can get their vehicle off the road it could prevent more accidents or a pile up.
Use this accident checklist to make sure that you, and your child, know all of the important things about dealing with an accident, from contacting help to making sure everyone involved is OK.
Go Over The Laws
You can pick up a pamphlet from your local DMV or Secretary of State office that goes over all of the rules and laws of the road. This booklet will help you learn all of the laws, from speed limits to what to do when you come upon road workers.
You’ll also find information describing all of the different road signs you will encounter on the road. You’ll learn the rules for driving in school areas, and more. By learning these things ahead of time you also give your child a greater chance of passing their driver’s training course the first time through, and you’ll become a safer driver while you’re at it.
Being safe on the road is one way to worry less about your child once they are able to drive. If you gave them a good example of safe driving, you can be sure your child knows all the rules and regulations and will make the right decisions when they are behind the wheel.