Teen Just Passed Their Test? Keep Them Safe Behind the Wheel

Congratulations! Your teenager has just passed their driving test, marking an important milestone in their journey to independence. While this achievement is cause for celebration, it’s also a time to make sure the good habits they have picked up in their lessons stay with them as they begin driving on their own. As parents, guardians, or mentors, it’s crucial to provide guidance and support to ensure your teen develops safe driving habits and stays protected behind the wheel.


  1. Understanding the Risks: Teen drivers are among the most vulnerable on the road due to their limited experience and tendency to take more risks. According to the World Health Organisation, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for teenagers globally. Understanding these risks is the first step toward addressing them effectively.

  2. Setting Clear Expectations: Before your teen hits the road solo, it’s essential to establish clear expectations regarding their behaviour and responsibilities as a driver. Discuss rules such as adhering to speed limits, wearing seat belts at all times, and abstaining from distractions like texting or using smartphones while driving. Emphasise the importance of staying focused and vigilant behind the wheel.

  3. Practice, Practice, Practice: Practice is key to building confidence and competence as a new driver. Spend ample time driving with your teen in various road and weather conditions, including daytime and nighttime driving, highway driving, and navigating busy urban streets, so they don’t have to experience any of them for the first time on their own. Encourage them to practice defensive driving techniques and anticipate potential hazards on the road.

  4. Model Safe Driving Behaviour: As a parent or guardian, you serve as a role model for your teen driver. Practice what you preach by demonstrating safe driving habits whenever you’re behind the wheel. Avoid aggressive driving behaviours, such as tailgating or speeding, and prioritise safety at all times. Your actions will influence your teen’s behaviour more than you may realise.

  5. Invest in Advanced Driver Training: Consider enrolling your teen in an advanced driver training course or defensive driving program. These courses go beyond the basics of driving and provide valuable instruction on collision avoidance, hazard recognition, and emergency manoeuvring techniques. Investing in additional training can enhance your teen’s skills and confidence on the road.

  6. Use Technology to Monitor Driving Behaviour: Take advantage of technology solutions, such as telematics devices or smartphone apps, to monitor your teen’s driving behaviour. These tools can provide valuable insights into their speed, acceleration, braking, and overall driving habits. Use this data to identify areas for improvement and have constructive conversations about safe driving practices. In Device Tracker Plus, you get a live look at your child’s driving speed on the map, any time they make a journey.

  7. Set Clear Consequences for Violations: Establish consequences for any violations of driving rules or safety guidelines. Communicate these consequences to your teen and enforce them consistently. Whether it’s temporarily revoking driving privileges or implementing additional restrictions, holding your teen accountable for their actions reinforces the importance of safe driving.

By implementing these strategies and having open and frank discussions about driving safety with your teen, you can help them develop into a responsible and safe driver. While the journey may have its challenges, focusing on safety and providing ongoing support will ultimately contribute to your teen’s success on the road. Let’s work together to keep our roads safe for everyone.

Remember, safe driving isn’t just a skill—it’s a responsibility that we all share.

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