1. Be a role model Lead by example: Drive
safely and stay calm. Don’t text. Wear your seatbelt. Be
courteous to others.
2. Go above and beyond
Calling other road user names, no matter how bad their
activities may seem, may lead to your children being nervous and
lacking conference behind the wheel, and can lead to road rage, roads
are crowded, there is limited space.
the meaning of GDE matrix Supporting research
indicates that traditional approaches to driver training are too
limited as they tend to focus too narrowly on vehicle skills (level 1
of the matrix) and the ability of the driver to integrate with
traffic (level 2). However, as we all know driving does not take
place in a vacuum, the context of the trip (covered in level 3)
impacts on how we integrate with traffic and above all this in the
matrix is our personal beliefs and personality (level 4). A
simplistic example would be a sales rep who is highly motivated by
success (Level 4) trying to squeeze in an extra appointment, this
increases the time pressures (level 3) this in turn means that they
are more likely to look for opportunities to proceed (level 2) and
thus increase the demands made on their car skills (level1).
other really important element is the Self-evaluation column which
links into coaching perfectly.
4. Choose a driving school
that’s right for you Move away from the “get your license
in 5 minutes” philosophy. Education only works if there is time for
practice and reflection.
5. Do a “Head Check” Before
you get in your vehicle, take a minute to talk to each other about
how you are feeling. Help your teen think about potential risks
before they drive (night-time, social context, being in a hurry,
passengers and distractions, emotional situations). If there is
anything that could affect their concentration when driving, do they
really need to drive?
6. Discuss route plan in advance
Discuss time allotment, traffic and road issues – keeping
focused on safest road decisions at all times. Walk your teen through
the decisions you make not only in the vehicle but before getting on
7. Teach children teen how to
maintain his or her vehicle Make a check list of what to look
for before you get in the car. Tire pressure, amount of gas, and
brake maintenance are a few items your teen should be familiar and
8. Your son/daughter
should know it’s okay to say “no” Encourage your
son/daughter to speak out if they feel unsafe as a passenger. Have
a plan in place for when your child needs alternate
9. Distractions don’t belong in the
car It’s important to show your child that most things can
wait until you have arrived at your destination.
Create and sign a Parent-Teen Contract Set terms between you
and your son/daughter that you agree to as he or she becomes a
driver. Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right.