The moment a teen obtains his or her driver’s license is a time of joy and celebration for him or her. However for parents, it’s a nightmare. Your child now has all this newfound freedom and responsibility, which just makes your list of worries increase.
Stop, look both ways and relax. You have more than adequately prepared your child for the road: you gave him or her hours of lessons, made sure they read all the manuals, and raised a responsible teenager. Nevertheless, if you want to be extra cautious with your new driver, here are some gifts that can help ensure they remain prepared and safe while driving.
The Book People developed an extensive list of books to help improve driving. Most of these books are aimed at United Kingdom drivers, but we picked a few that work for any driver: Learn to Drive in 10 Easy Stages by John Wells and Margaret Stacey, The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but don’t Know to Ask by Karen Gravelle,and Learn How to Drive and Survive by Linda Ann Azarela.
These books help improve your teen’s driving abilities, and you gain more confidence in their road safety. Save on these driving books by using Groupon coupons when making purchases through Barnes and Noble.
Emergency Road Kit
No one can predict what might happen on the road. Flat tires, broken mirrors, and engine failure are just a few of the common roadside problems that occur often. Protect your child by supplying them with an emergency kit.
A basic roadside kit will contain jumper cables, a first aid kit, and basic tools. Deluxe editions contain everything in a basic kit but with a lot more tools, such as multiple jumper cables, and a full first aid kit. You can buy these kits online on discount sites like Groupon and Amazon, or at your local auto repair shop. Additionally, you can create your own roadside kit to give to your son or daughter. Use Edmunds’ guide for help.
Gas Station Gift Cards
Eliminate your fear of your child not having enough gas in the tank by giving him or her gas station gift cards. Supply him or her with one gift card every month. Only put a couple of hundred dollars on it, so that if he or she goes over that amount, they must pay for it himself or herself. This teaches your child some responsibility and gives you a little peace of mind.
Gas station gift cards are available for purchase at the gas station, online, or superstores like Walmart. If you want to give them options, and not limit them to one brand of gas stations, buy them a Visa gift card but specify that it should only be used when purchasing gas.
Passing the driver’s test should not be the end of driving lessons. Offer to practice some more on the road during your off hours. If you’re too busy to practice with your child, find a responsible adult to take your child on the road some more. You may want to restrict your teen’s driving privileges until he or she gets more practice, or until you feel he has mastered the basics.
Consider paying for lessons. Check your local business directory to find affordable instructors in your area.