Teenage Drivers!

@hmkoct5 (2067)
United States
June 5, 2009 4:30pm CST
My son is learning how to drive. We just took him out for a drive in the country. He did great driving straight and on the curves. But, when it comes to turning, he has a very heavy foot. He tries to take turns at 30 mph. I swear I thought we were going to die a couple times! We try to tell him gently that he needs to slow down, but he gets insulted when we correct him. Do you have any ideas as to how we could teach him to turn without hurting his feelings?
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@ellie333 (21029)
6 Jun 09
Hi Hmkoct, I admire you trying to teach your own to drive, mine had lessons they take being told more by a stranger and professional than they do their parents when it comes to driving. Safer too. Huggles. Ellie :D
@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
6 Jun 09
If you can't get him to slow down on corners, have someone else teach him. Like a certain uncle. Teenagers won't yell at people other than their parents. They will listen if another adult is in the car with them. That or remind him he could kill someone going around corners too fast.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
5 Jun 09
Well you could remind him that if he turns like that in the rain he will completly lose control of the car. I would say snows too, but you probably don't have that problem. I would start from the begining with the turns again. Tell him to take it slow and gradually accelerate as he becomes comfortable with the turns. Remind him that is difficult to break during turns to, so if he turns fast like that and there is a child or an animal in road he will not be able to stop in time. I think that is a theme with teenage boys, our street has several corners and teenage boys are always taking those corners so fast. If there were ever a child or an animal there, they would hit them. My husband had to save some lady and her child in the stroller, they were walking in the road and this kid came speeding around the turn. They lady didn't see him. Luckily my husband was talking to a neighbor facing where the kid was coming, and saw the disaster about to happen and ran and got the lady out of the way. Just try and remind your son that you never know what is around the corner, and you have to take them slow just in case. Children and animals are very un-predictable.