So what are you up to this weekend? You know as a regular to Weekend Notes that we have lots of suggestions for you. On your way to wherever you are going you may decide that this is one of those times that you will spare a couple hours letting your son or daughter get their hours in.
You know the ones I mean, the 100 hours required by law when they get their learners permit and must be carried out for a full year before they get their graduated driver's license. The 100 mandatory hours give you a rare opportunity to influence your teen.
And there is no better person to teach them how to drive than you right? Are you sure? If you go to www.raisingchildren.net.au and look up teaching teens to drive you can get some valuable tips. You need to make sure you are up to this huge responsibility that can mean life or death for your child.
Good, you should be. This is a wakeup call.
First off, if your child takes 10 driving lessons with a qualified instructor it counts as 30 hours. They will teach your child the proper way to do things. They won't be teaching your child your bad habits.
Are you following the road rules? Do you make sure you look, shoulder check, don't speed through school zones and all the other things your teen watches you do?
Ok - good.
The next thing to get used to is paying attention at all times. You have to correct them when they do something wrong, and chances are pretty good that they will. You need to tell them why without shouting at them, if possible, and reassure them as well. You can't be sitting on your phone, distracted or taking a nap. They need you there the entire time.
The hours for your teen to drive are numerous. You are going to have to travel the highways, drive at night, in the rain and all other times in between. You will argue because both of you will realize that 100 hours is a lot of hours driving so making a plan helps immensely.
Keep them safe by giving them your full attention!
Break the hours up into sections. There are 52 weeks a year so 2 hours a week driving is not bad when you break it down this way. If you are going across the city, have them drive. If you are heading to the beach, have them drive, there and back. That is another 4 hours, easy. If you have a plan, it will be much easier and before you know it your teen will be out on their own.
Going to here and looking up road rules will sharpen your skills. Your teen is going to need to learn how to park, how to stop on a hill, how to get out of a slide and they are going to need you.
They need to learn how to manouver roundabouts as well!
Don't be afraid, be proactive. Do your best and your teen will learn well. You may even save their lives. If you can't do these things, find someone who can and will be there. You owe it to them to help them become a good driver. This is for life, not just 100 hours.