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Helping a teen learn to drive requires cooperation by co-parents

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2022 | Child Custody

Helping your teen learn how to drive is likely something you’ve anticipated with some mixture of excitement and dread. When parents are separated or divorced, the process can be yet another cause for conflict – or you can work together to help your child become a safe and responsible driver.

Consistency, cooperation and communication are key. Whether your child gets the bulk of their instruction through a driver’s ed program at school or a professional driving school, they’ll still need to get some practice time behind the wheel with you.

Communication and consistency are also important

It can help to keep a joint log of your driving time with your child. What kinds of roads have they driven on? What weather conditions have they faced? Have they driven at night? In what areas do they need more practice? Where do they still suffer from some fears or lack of confidence?

Once your child has their license and is able to drive on their own or without an adult, it’s best if the two of you have consistent expectations for your child. There are parent-teen driving agreements you can download or you can create one with your co-parent.

Dealing with insurance

Likely, your teen will be driving cars belonging to both of you. That means you’ll both need to put them on your car insurance policies. If they’ll have their own car, one of you will likely need to be a signer on their policy as long as they’re a minor. It’s best to talk with your insurance agent before your child gets behind the wheel of any car.

If any changes are required to your child support order to cover the added costs of having a teen driver, it’s wise to seek legal guidance as soon as possible.