Most parents dread the day their child wants to learn to drive. Just the thought of your child behind the wheel without your protection or guidance every moment is a scary thought. To make matters worse, once they are on the road you worry about getting calls from your teen driver telling you something may be wrong. There are two calls most parents fear getting, so in this contributed post we will talk about those possibilities and how to deal with them.
As a parent, the chances are that you’ve come to dread your phone ringing. You’ve had enough calls from teachers to last you a lifetime, and every one has sent a jolt of fear to your heart. Sometimes, that faded after answering. Other times, your worst nightmares came true as their teacher explained the situation.
Either way; by the time they reach their teen years, you’ll wish you could put that phone away and never answer it again. After all, if you don’t know what’s happening, you can convince yourself they’re safe!
Of course, these fears half fade once they leave school. Petty squabbles and playground accidents become a thing of the past when they make their way in the world. And, when that happens, the phone calls come to an end. At least, they do until your teenager is ready for a car. After that, the risk of worrying calls only increases.
In fact, seeing their name pop up when you know they’ve been driving could stress you out no end. Sadly, there’s no way around that. But, as with anything, preparation is the best way to meet any phone call head on. So, we’re going to look at how to handle the calls you don’t want, but you could well receive at some stage.
‘Mom, I’ve been involved in an accident’
Let’s start with the kicker. Fears about road accidents are, understandably, worst of all. Does anything compare to the worry of your teen getting hurt? No. But, with young drivers involved in 20% of crashes despite only making 6.7% of total drivers on the road, this is a real possibility. Of course, preparing is far from easy. But, there are steps you can take. Making sure your teen has their insurance papers, for instance, ensures claims run smooth. It’s also essential you ask, straight away, what happened.
This then leaves you free to contact road accident lawyers if your child was in a car or those who deal with motorcycle accidents if they were on a bike. Given that fast action is essential when making a claim, your reactions here could help a huge deal. And, of course, you should make sure they know to call the police if things are serious.
‘Mom, I’ve broken down’
With many teens only able to afford second-hand vehicles first, breakdowns are common enough for young drivers. But, that doesn’t mean they know how to deal with them. When you’re new on the road, it can be pretty frightening to break down. And, you’re probably the first person they’ll call.
To prepare, jot down the numbers for breakdown companies ahead of time. It’s also worth making sure your teens know the rules of the road, such as not sitting in their car if they break down on the hard shoulder. Steps like these will keep them safe, as well as ensuring they get back on the road in the fastest time possible. And, that’s really all a mom can ask for.
Nothing can be scarier for a parent than the fear of the unknown. When your child is in a car out of your presence you have no control over what can happen to them and this causes a lot of anxiety and stress. So preparation is one of your best tools.
Make sure you cover your child for the unexpected. Choose a first car that is appropriate and safe for your child. Also, purchase the appropriate insurance to be there for them in case of an accident.
Many different insurance companies offer road-side assistance which would be useful to your child if they were to break down on the road. Teach your child the basics of caring for themselves and their car so they can get back on the road as quickly as possible.
It is said that the best drivers are defensive drivers and the ones that are the best prepared. So take the time to educate and communicate with your child before you send them out on the road. This will help ease yours as well as some of their anxieties.
If you need extra help, invest in a school instructor.
The road can be scary for any driver but your best bet is to make sure your child is safe and prepared. Be safe!
What is another fear you have about your teen being on the road? Leave your comments below.