Why A Course In Defensive Driving Will Help Your Teen...And You
March 01, 2013 at 4:28 PM
A course in defensive driving, while not compulsory by law, is a MUST for your teen. As they make the exciting journey from passenger to driver, your child will face the same dangers on the roads as you do – and you know it takes a fair degree of skill to negotiate the hazards that any trip can throw at you. By encouraging them to take a defensive driving course, your teen will start their driving career equipped with the skills to recognise and avoid these hazards. As you try and persuade your teenage driver to take a course, you can use the following reasons to strengthen your argument.
Get Your Licence Sooner
If your teen completes a defensive driving course, they're rewarded with a six month reduction in their restricted licence period. What an incentive! This is the obvious place to start as you urge them to enrol in a course. This substantial carrot might be the only reason they do the course, but as long as they're learning to manage risks and avoid dangerous situations, does it really matter? Of course, the challenge for you as a parent is to ensure they continue to apply what they learn, and you can do this as a passenger. So that you can check their driving is defensive driving, why not do a course yourself? Any time is a good time to improve your driving skill, and as you monitor your child's progress behind the wheel, you really should be able to practice what you preach. Check out our advanced defensive driving courses for experienced drivers.
Our defensive driving courses are run through an organisation called Streettalk. The sessions are intense and interactive, with theoretical and practical elements involved. The course will teach your teen how to recognise risks on the road, and how to avoid them. Excessive speed, a failure to drive to the prevailing conditions and reckless overtaking are regular contributors to our appalling road toll. These issues and more will be covered in the course, and by being aware of them, your child can't help but be a safer driver.
A Course In Defensive Driving Is A Wise Move
Young motorists lack “driving intelligence”. They're short on experience. However, they're not lacking in enthusiasm as they revel in their new found independence. This youthful exuberance is often manifested in displays of excessive speed or foolish stunts while they're behind the wheel, often in an attempt to show off to their mates. Boys will be boys – and girls will be girls – but a defensive driving course will at least show them the consequences of their actions, and get them into the habit of actually thinking while they drive. They won't become an experienced driver overnight but they will become a smarter driver.
Your Peace Of Mind
Young drivers are involved in more road accidents than anyone else. Young drivers are more likely to die or be hurt in a serious injury crash. In 2011, drivers aged 15-24 were involved in 80 fatal crashes, with primary responsibility for 71 of them. Obviously, these facts and figures are swirling around your head as you watch your teenage child learn to drive. This is an exciting time for them, and a worrying time for you. To alleviate your stress, and to maximise their driving skills and safety, you should encourage your child to book a few lessons with a qualified driving instructor and to enrol in a course in defensive driving. It's the best possible driver education your teen can receive, and much needed peace of mind for you! To learn more about our driving lessons in Auckland or across New Zealand, get in touch now.
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