Learning to drive is usually a rite of passage for teens. From watching their older siblings and friends earn their licenses to their first time sitting behind the wheel, this significant milestone can rouse many emotions, from excitement to anxiety. While some teenagers are holding off on learning to drive, others are eager to begin. If your teens are ready, it might please you to know there are some positive emotional benefits they can reap as they navigate the road to becoming licensed drivers.
- Increased Confidence
If your teens are not as confident as they would like to be, then consider urging them to earn their learning permit so you can take them out on the road. Many teens find that their self-confidence increases once they learn to drive, as being behind the wheel gives them a feeling of pride and maturity they might not gain from other activities.
An introverted teen can benefit from driver education courses and gain self-confidence from learning driving skills with his or her peers. Because teens who take part in these kinds of courses usually learn in a group setting, your child may gain the confidence to interact with new people and make friends.
A great amount of joy can come from learning how to drive, especially for your teens. The prospect of freedom, no longer having to take public transportation, and all the possibilities that lay ahead for them as licensed drivers can improve the mood of even the surliest teen. As you teach them the rules of the road, ask how they believe having a license might improve their lives and support their plans for the future. This may break the ice when it comes to communicating with older teens who might not be eager to reveal this information.
When your teens are happy to be behind the wheel, their overall disposition may improve and they might experience fewer mood swings that are common during this time. When their moods are more stabilized, it can positively affect other areas of their lives, such as their academic performance and relationships with friends.
- A Greater Sense of Maturity
If you have a teen who is known for being a late bloomer, teaching him or her to drive might kick-start a sense of maturity that will be necessary for finding a job, applying to college, and forming healthy relationships with friends and family. Driving is a decidedly adult activity and a milestone that makes many teens feel that they are passing out of childhood and into young adulthood.
If your late-blooming teen is hesitant to get behind the wheel, it is important to coax him or her into the process instead of forcing the issue. Remind him or her of all the benefits having a license offers and how fun it will be to eventually own a vehicle. Let your teen set the pace, as becoming angry or impatient may only cause emotional setbacks for you both.
Once your teens learn to drive, they may start to understand all the responsibility licensed drivers have, from running daily errands for the family to learning how to build credit with an auto loan. As they learn the process, they may develop a greater sense of gratitude for being able to earn their license and appreciate that owning a car may not be as simple as they thought when they were younger.
When your teens learn to drive, they might also realize how fortunate they are to have the opportunity and what sacrifices you and your spouse have made to make them possible. This can make grateful teens into grateful adults who appreciate what they have instead of pining for what is out of reach.
Learning to drive is a milestone most teens look forward to. Encouraging positive emotions during the process can help your kids become confident, happy motorists.