When your teenager reaches seventeen, he or she is old enough to start learning to drive. For many teens and parents, this is a huge milestone as it means that your teen can start to become more independent and begin the journey to adulthood. However, choosing how your teen learns to drive and who teaches them is crucial to ensuring that they have a good experience as a learner driver and get their full license as soon as possible, something which many teens definitely look forward to. Whilst many parents will happily teach their teenager to drive themselves by getting provisional learner’s insurance for them on their car, others prefer to hand over the responsibility to a professional driving instructor.
If you are paying for your teenager to learn to drive, you’re probably well aware that it is a process which can be quite costly. Although there are many ways in which you can keep costs low, for example by using free driving theory resources and mock tests instead of buying the DVLA app or book, the cost of driving lessons and the tests can certainly add up. Although provisional driving insurance can sometimes be expensive depending on the type of car that you have, in some cases it can be cheaper than paying for multiple driving lessons a week, and your teen will also be able to get more practice on the roads with you as they’re not limited to a set time.
Why Choose a Driving Instructor?
Although many parents choose to cut costs by teaching their teen to drive themselves, others also like to pay for their teenager to have some lessons with a professional driving instructor too. This is because even if you’re a good driver yourself, there are probably some things which you may not be able to teach your teen as effectively as a driving instructor can, and you may not be up to date with the latest requirements for the test or driving test routes in your area. By booking some lessons for your teen with a professional driving instructor, you’ll be assured that they’re in the best hands to learn everything that is required on the test and practice driving around the test routes they could be taking.
Why Not Do Both?
For many parents who have teenagers that are learning to drive, incorporating both into their teen’s learning is the best option. Whilst you will be able to take your teen out onto the road for driving practice, a professional driving instructor will be able to teach them all the necessary skills without any bad habits, which you could pass onto them. Choosing to do both can also be hugely cost effective, as your teen will be able to practice what they have learned in their lessons with you, therefore there’s no need to pay for practice lessons as well. You could also allow your teen to use your car for the driving test.
Making sure that your teenager has the best driving education is a must!