Teens and driving: Keeping nerves in check
June 14, 2018 06:41 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - This summer, many New Mexico teenagers will start logging hours with their parents and drivers education instructors. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division requires new drivers under 18 to complete 50 hours of supervised driving practice before they can obtain a provisional license. Those hours can be filled with anxiety and stress for many parents.
"I can't really relax, you know, with her driving yet," said Bonnie Eveleth, a mom of two teen girls in the process of learning to drive. She’s referring to her 15-year-old daughter, Abigail, who says she’s thankful her mom is able to stay fairly calm while she’s behind the wheel.
"It is really helping me,” said Abigail Eveleth.
Duke City Driver Education Co-Owner Lisa Hurtado says they often reassure parents that their teen is going to do just fine on the road.
"We have some parents that refuse to drive with them until they have seven hours with us just so they have minimized anger in the car, but it's a fear for a lot of parents,” said Hurtado.
Bonnie Eveleth says one thing that has worked well to prevent any yelling or fighting in the car with Abigail is looking ahead and giving her daughter tips on what’s next.
“For the most part I try to stay calm because I know that if she panics then things get worse,” said Eveleth.
She says it’s important to pay attention to how your child is reacting. They may be more nervous than they’re willing to express, and every child is different.
“The two sisters have reacted very differently,” said Eveleth.
Parents with teens learning to drive this summer are advised to keep their nerves in check and pay close attention to their teens.
Created: June 14, 2018 06:41 AM
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