Many teenagers in Ohio are driving to their classes for the first time alone this year. It’s a momentous occasion as a parent, but you can’t help but worry now that you or a bus driver are no longer taking your child to school.
However, school won’t be the only place your kid will be driving to this year. They may go to a friend’s place after class, or they might have to drive to a different part of the state for a sport or extracurricular activity, or they could end up with a job in the cities they’ll have to start working after classes.
You can’t be there in person for every new destination they have to drive through, so you may want to get them experienced with these roads before they take the car to their first period class alone.
Alternative routes to school
If your child’s paid attention to the multiple times you drove them to high school, then they have an understanding of what the fastest route is to get there. However, you never know when a certain road will be blocked or when an accident could cause a traffic pile-up. If they seem comfortable enough taking the normal route, see how well they do with other roads that could lead to the building.
This can greatly improve their adaptability, which is a crucial skill to have on the road. If they find out too late about an accident or closed road, they could panic and put themselves and others in danger. See how well they maintain their composure as they try a different way to head to school and home.
Summer may be the most popular construction season, but there are still plenty of active projects by the time school starts. Ohio has one of the largest construction zones fatality rates in the nation. Inexperienced drivers who speed down these areas have only contributed to this shameful ranking.
Construction zones can test a teen driver’s patience, so you need to see how your child will react to upcoming signs and how much they slow down in these areas. It’s important for them to maintain a slower speed until the zone ends for the safety of the workers and other drivers going through. Since these are especially dangerous areas, it might be safer to drive through a zone with them in the passenger seat yourself before giving them the wheel so you can show them how it’s done.
Even if your child doesn’t have to drive through a large city to get to school, they may have to for an extracurricular activity or a potential job. Columbus is a great area for them to test their abilities. You can see how well they will react to tight streets, active pedestrians and the difficulties of finding an open parking spot.
Even if your child was skilled enough to get their driver’s license, testing how well they drive through these areas can help you feel safer about them driving alone in the car. If your teen is hurt by another reckless driver on the way to class, contact an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney to help you seek compensation for injuries and car damages.