Are you trying to find a suitable activity to truly test your teen's new driving skills? Before they go off to college or start working, it pays to give them some real life driving experience with your supervision. To get started, there are several trends for breaking in a new driver's license, and all of them involves a teen driving for the entire duration of a family road trip. Interestingly, there are more than a few fun possibilities, and all of them will give your teen confidence to know they have the skills to handle tough situations when they come up.
Hot rods, antique cars and space age trucks
For a teen driver road trip that includes a family with a wide range of ages, there is one place where everyone can have fun while learning about cars. Even if you have no interest in cars whatsoever, do not rule out the possibility that you and the road trip party might love an auto show. These events are often held at convention centers, and are often a worldwide destination for many car fanatics. This means that you will see a bevy of old, one-of-a-kind, and state-of-the-art cars in a festival-style environment. Although many of these events charge a small entry fee, they encourage the public to have fun inside (with heating or air conditioning) to have money for the booths. In addition to food, toys and other types of car nut memorabilia, car shows have lots of Instagram moments at the displays. This is also a good way to meet celebrities.
Teaching responsible driving after drinking alcohol
Although these types of parties have earned a bad reputation in some cities, there are many clubs that are alcohol-free. Furthermore, they are a good way to help parents introduce their teens to the other responsibilities of adult life such as night driving in a city. This is also a positive way to help teens to figure out what adults do when they are in the city, at a club, and are not fit for driving because they have been drinking.
The outdoor car adventure
Another great way to challenge teens with driving is to take them off comfortable roads. With a cabin rental in the countryside, teens can get a grasp of how to navigate a car when there are roads with no pavement. This could also be a good opportunity to teach teens how to fix cars or figure out what they need to do if they have a car emergency in the wilderness. For example, if they are reliant upon a service like AAA North Jersey, they will need to understand that they need to travel with the appropriate weather gear in case they need to walk to get bars on their phone. This is also an excellent time to teach kids about the types of dangers that country roads produce because they are darker than city streets. Of course, this type of trip means carrying a large number of emergency supplies such as road flares, extra gas, and rain ponchos.
Learning about car repair prevention
One final reason to take teens on a road trip after they get their new license is to teach them about repair prevention. The main idea here is that teens will learn about more than an oil change and making sure there is enough pressure in the tires. Instead, they will get an idea of all the fluid levels, see the condition of brake pads, and learn about all of the filters involved with regular car maintenance that is necessary before a road trip. This is also an excellent opportunity for teens to learn about the costs involved with maintaining a car properly as well as potential problems that could occur. Teens can also learn about the high costs of not maintaining the vehicle because of the subsequent repairs they will pay for without car maintenance.
Other teen's first road trip ideas
If you still want to test your teen's driving skills, but camping, car shows, or dance parties are not their style, there are other ways to show them the variations in driving without boring them to death. For example, if they want to visit a large city, give them a chance to drive on interstates or through toll booths during the road trip. However, it should be advised to not allow teens to go through rush-hour traffic in many major cities until they are more experienced behind the wheel. Alternatively, seeing their parents drive during rush hour in a major city could give them valuable insight about driving.