THE YOUNG DRIVER
We all remember the GREAT DAY when we received our first driver's license. As a young driver the independence we felt away from having mom and dad drive our friends and us everywhere. Listening to what we wanted to on the stereo and having it as loud as we wanted. Cruising the neighborhood, showing off the new ride, having our girlfriend next to us, those were the days.
As parents we think a little differently. Our sons and daughters are not needing us to shuttle them here and there. If we need something from the store, send them to get it, or have them pick up little sister from band practice. HOW NICE RIGHT!!
Now has come the time to either hand them down some wheels or go out and select the new ride. This is a lot of fun, and has great rewards, just to see the looks on their faces, is priceless.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND, to slow down and give an extreme amount of forethought to this life changing moment. The whole idea of a brand new Young Driver behind the wheel has to be well thought out for sure. Assume nothing and do not pay attention to the promises that you are about to receive-----------
"DAD AND MOM IF YOU BUY ME THAT RED MUSTANG GT, I WILL OBEY ALL THE LAWS, DRIVE IT SLOW AND BE COMPLETELY FOCUSED ON MY SURROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES. I WILL WORK TWO JOBS AND MOW THE LAWN AND TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE." PLEASSEEEEEE, I WILL BE GOOD!!!
We all love our children and work real hard to make them happy in todays world. These simple pleasures are important and can reward someone for good grades etc.., Be careful, think it out, and try and not let emotions cloud your thinking.
Carmentors4u promised to be straight forward and direct in our dealings and the thoughts that we share with our clients. The truth of the matter when it comes to these young drivers, no matter how sincere they were, distractions are a natural occurrence in their young lives. There is a reason that the insurance premiums are high for the new drivers. UNFORTUNATELY, in the real world accidents will happen at a higher rate with youth.
Before you hand over the keys, set down some very specific rules of engagement and do not tolerate any variances at all. As parents we carry a great burden. This burden consists of making the proper vehicle decision for the young driver, and helping them understand the importance of 100% complete adherence to the all the laws. They young driver has to understand that driving is a privilege and comes with great responsibilities.
In today's world there are all kinds of distractions that can enter into the picture. These sort of distractions can come in the form of Cellular phones, stereo systems, fast cars, friends, racing, and last but not the least alcohol and drugs.
We want to believe our children will be responsible and pay attention and not break any law. We know that our children truly want to make all the right decisions and in most cases will. BUT--------------
The phrase "peer pressure" may come into play sometimes in their young lives. When we were young, our lives were wrapped around being part of the crowd and fitting in. This is very very powerful now. Specially if you are the one who drives that cool car.
With this said, you must slow down the buying process to focus in the possibilities of strong distractions. You may want to consider a safe basic car to start with and work up to others in the future.
The young drivers have their whole life to look forward to and can sacrifice fast and furious and cool, for basic to start with.This may not be on their agenda's, but experience requires some pain. Young people make mistakes, we all have, that is just part of life period.
The fancy eye catching hot rod or lifted 4x4 truck can wait. Your young driver may not think this is cool, but they will get over it and maybe even thank you later on in life. If you have them participate or even pay for the upkeep and insurance of the car they drive. This may help you convince them that you are looking out for their well being financially. Their lack of distraction may very well be the best thing you can provide, to allow them to develop the experience they will require, and help them make the proper decisions. Talk to them about cell phone use, loud stereos and just the basic precautions. Have a heart to heart talk about the use of alcohol and drugs when driving. Make sure they know they can call you anytime if they need to, no questions asked. There are several programs that assist young drivers with some practical insight.
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