Teach Your Teen To Drive Safely with Professional Driver Education

In the last two decades,magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has provided insights never before available into how the brain functions. Scientists now know that the decision-making portion, and the impulse control portion of the teenage brain does not physically mature until about the age of 25.

Teenagers, when compared to adults, do not have the same impulse control and ability to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous modes of behavior. The prefrontal cortex, the area immediately behind the forehead, is responsible for judgment and decision making and is the last part of the brain to fully develop. As a result, teenagers often fail to realize that fast driving, drinking and driving, texting and talking, drag racing, and having many passengers are dangerous activities. Teenagers, therefore, need active parental supervision, especially where driving is concerned.

With this research in mind, talk to your teenager about the following:

  1. What risky driving behaviors are and how to avoid them
  2. Learning to recognize and manage risks while driving
  3. How to handle peer pressure
  4. The reality that driving is serious business, even though advertising messages show everyone having fun
  5. Over time, driving experience pays off, but right now your teenager is inexperienced and a high risk driver.

Based on what is known about adolescent development, here are five tips for parents of teen drivers:

  1. Be a role model for safe driving
  2. Have patience and offer praise for doing the right thing and obeying the law
  3. Talk frequently about safe driving habits
  4. Set limits and expectations for your teen's driving
  5. Practice often

These helpful tips should be supplemented with professional driver education classes specifically designed for teen driver training. Find a reputable Driving School in your area by consulting our convenient directory.