As any parent can tell you, helping your teenager with driving practice is nerve-wracking. Not just for them, but for you. Whether you’re coaching them or not, it’s a stressful time as other drivers on the road are so unpredictable.
Yet while we may worry about others’ driving, how you act in the car can also have an effect on your child’s own driving experience.
That’s why we’ve identified four distinct personalities all parents fit into when teaching the rules of the road – The Team Mate, The Skipper, The Worshipper and The Drill Sergeant.
If you are supplementing driving lessons with home practice, try to discuss the dos and don’ts with their official instructor, brush up on your own skills, or even look to join a few lessons with your child. Not only will this create a safer driving environment for you and others on the road, but also ultimately guide your child to passing their test and becoming a safe road user.
And remember, it’s important to remain calm and advise your child to the best of your ability, but always remember if you feel out of your comfort zone, it’s safer for you – and your child – to hand over the coaching to someone else.
Have a go at our quiz below to find out which Parent Persona you are.