Parental involvement is crucial to a student’s success. It is scientifically proven that learning is improved when parents take an active approach in their child’s learning process (Hattie 2009*).  This includes actively supervising driving practice to ensure that learners gain enough experience and insight before solo driving.

At GALAXY DRIVING SCHOOL MAPLE RIDGE BC for New Drivers, we actively encourage students to practice as much as possible between lessons.

5 things parents can do to support teen drivers

  1. Talk to teens about distractions during driving. Texting is one distraction but so is a cell phone, friends, or chaos amidst the car. Teens who tend to engage in riskier behavior tend to feel that those behaviors aren’t as risky as teens who don’t take risks. You can potentially change a teen’s understanding here. Discuss the risk of riding without a seat belt and riding with a driver who has been drinking along with distractions.
  2. Don't just finger-wag, explain that texting and driving involves 3 distractions: Visual (eyes averted), manual (hands preoccupied), and cognitive (thoughts elsewhere). Together it makes for a risky combination–explain why.
  3. As an adult, model great driving (no texting, cell phone use in car).
  4. Teach teens to put phone in purse or bag in backseat of car, from the very first time behind the wheel. I always tell teens that nearly  no one can ignore the buzz and the beep of an arriving message. Make it impossible to get into a bad habit and keep the phone out of reach. Data finds that educational approaches are largely ineffective at reducing teen risky behavior–we have to work to also have things like ongoing minimum legal drinking age and graduated drivers licensing systems in place.
  5. Have “house driving rules” and stick to the rules and consequences. There is some data that these rules combined with parent involvement enforcing them can reduce risky teen driving behaviors and crashes.

The link below will direct you to ICBC For parents of teens learning to drive in B.C.