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5 Secrets For Raising A Responsible Teenage Driver
When actor Jake Gyllenhaal was sixteen, his parents allowed actor and professional race car driver Paul Newman to take him out on the track for a driving lesson heíd never forget. While the boy sat transfixed in his seat Newman roared the NASCAR they were riding in straight at a wall only to steer clear of it at the last second with the admonition, ďnever do that.Ē
Most parents of teenagers who are old enough to get their driverís licenses donít have a professional race car driver who can make an impression on their kids. But the good news is that as parents there are many things you can teach your child that will have the same effect.
No. 1: Donít push kids who are not ready.
No. 2: Set a positive tone.
No. 3: Sign a Contract.
No. 4: Donít give him an excuse to drive drunk.
Even though you have made it absolutely clear that there is to be no drinking and driving, you should let your teen know that you will pick him or her up with no questions asked wherever they are if they are drunk or the driver who took them somewhere is incapable of driving. Teens who are afraid their parents will ďkill themĒ are more likely to take the risk of driving drunk or get in the car of an impaired person because they are afraid of getting in trouble.
No. 5: Be a good role model.
Want help creating a driverís contract? Download one free at Dr. Rosenthalís Web site where youíll also find additional valuable advice on parenting a teenager.
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