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Should Driving Practice be Part of Your Teen’s Homeschool Routine?

Learning to drive can be an exciting time for many teenagers, while teaching a teenager to drive can be a terrifying and patience-testing practice for parents. However, it can be an experience that a parent and teenager can both learn and grow from. Many driver’s education programs are provided through local schools. The other options include paying private driver’s education companies. The private driver’s companies are often extremely expensive and follow a very strict time schedule that will not work for everyone. If you are homeschooling your child, driver’s education can be easily incorporated into the already established learning curriculum you are providing. Here are some ways to make this a more natural and seamless process in your homeschool education program.

How to Prepare for Driver’s Education

If you plan to teach your child how to drive, it is important to begin by researching your state’s approved driver’s education programs. Many states do allow parent-taught driver’s education. There are exceptions, however, and it is important to be informed of your state’s requirements. 

Be prepared to follow a strict regimen of requirements. You cannot wake up one day and decide you will teach your child to drive. Most states will require you follow a specific learning program. It might also be in a process of several months’ worth of practice. It won’t take just one afternoon.

Ready, Set, Go!

Begin with reading through your state’s driver’s manual. This will help refresh yourself and provide answers to the many questions that your teenager may have. When you are on the road, never assume that your child knows the basic driving procedures. Always explain in detail what you are doing, or what they should be doing at that exact moment. If possible, schedule a visit with a local personal injury attorney. These are the people on the front lines of auto accidents. They will be able to tell you common pitfalls of most drivers and how to avoid them. Provide a relaxed atmosphere. If your child is stressed during the learning process, they are not likely to react calmly and sensibly if they are in a stressful situation while behind the wheel. Teach them how to handle situations with patience and calm. 

Have fun. Enjoy this time with your teenager. Soon they will be independent and driving on their own. Relish the time you have together. Providing driver’s education for your child can be a positive and rewarding experience for both of you. If all local laws are followed, this can be a cheap and effective form of learning for your child than a traditional driver’s education program provided through a school or private company.

Tim Esterdahl

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