Most teenagers dream about the day when they can finally take hold of the car keys and ride into the sunset to experience true freedom. However, as a parent, you know that before any of this can ever happen, a few things need to be in order. The right to drive holds an enormous responsibility, both for your wallet and society. Therefore, we’ve compiled some of the most important things to consider before your teen begins to drive.
One of the hardest decisions for a parent, when their teen begins to drive, is the type of car they will be purchasing. Naturally, teens want to ride into school with the best-looking car on the market, but as parents, we know that most times that won’t be possible. The best way to demonstrate to a teen the huge financial responsibility of purchasing a car is to allow them to be a part of the process. Even if they’re not putting a dime towards the payments, they should understand the process. This promotes other types of responsibilities such as protecting the car from hazardous conditions, doing things to maintain it every few months, and appreciation for what they have.
One of the downsides of adding a young driver to an insurance plan is that your rates will go up no matter what. Communicate to your teen that this premium is added to them because they are statistically more prone to cause an accident. One of the signs that they may not be ready to be handed the car keys is when they flat out refuse to understand and or pay for this premium. However, even the most responsible teens must be placed on a secured insurance plan. When selecting auto insurance, make sure you find one that covers all your bases and will protect your child in any circumstance.
Teens, for most of their life, never have had to worry about how much gas the car has in the tank. They hop in, get dropped off, and that’s pretty much about it for them. Speaking to your teenager about the responsibility of having to maintain a car is crucial. One of the best ways to do this is to show them how much money it costs per month to put gas in the car and cover any small maintenance issues. This is often an eye-opening moment for most teenagers. Budgets, or even finding a part-time job, may be the best options in this case.
Allowing your teenager to hit the open road for the first time can be a very daunting experience. However, with the right planning and execution, you and your teenager can get through this process a lot more smoothly.
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