How to Cope with A Teenage Driver

Life is tough. It’s an uphill battle from day one. And every time you think you catch a break, it really is just a break, and now you’re broken and you gotta wait to be fixed. Well, when you have a child, first they learn to walk and finally they don’t need to be carried everywhere they go. Then they can learn to talk and tell you want they’re thinking and feeling. Life is good! And then they become teenagers and it all goes downhill again. And they want to learn to drive, and you might as well give up! But as inevitable as the sun rising in the east, is your child learning to drive. So you can either fight it kicking and screaming, or you can do something about it. Here are some tips to making life with a teenage driver as painless as possible.

Safe Car


The worst part about it is knowing that they’re terrible at doing a thing that, if you mess up, you can die. How are you supposed to cope with that? There’s no real way to cope with it, so you might as well get your kid as safe a car as possible. Every air bag god invented should be in there. Good seat belts, and good lines of sight are also important. If you want to go all out, get a nice Toyota from the good people at Toyota San Diego. These cars are built for reliable safety features. They are not flashy, so your kid isn’t going to likely set speed records with their dang Camry. But Toyota’s are safe and reliable. Start shopping for them online at

Good Drive Habits


Good driving starts from their early childhood. You don’t wait until your child is 15 to start teaching driving. You should be aware throughout their whole childhood that some day they are going to be driving. So what this means, is you lead by example – no texting and driving. Focus on the road. Don’t do things you wouldn’t want your 16 year old doing behind the wheel. You can say all you want, but if they see you always texting and driving, they’re going to learn that it’s ok. Also, be verbal about what you’re doing, about checking blind spots as you merge, or about keeping a safe distance from the driver in front of them. All this stuff will be covered in driver’s ed, but it works better to be ingrained in their brains from their early life. You’ll be surprised how much they can recall from lessons they’ve learned just by watching you proactive good driving techniques.

Back Before Dark


Driving at night is the most difficult, not only because of poor visibility but also the prevalence of drunk drivers. Make sure that during their first year or so behind the wheel they get home before dark. It may be difficult for them to understand but it’s in their best interest longterm.