Teaching your teen to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, but throw in our winter weather and you might be tempted to hide your car keys. After years of driving, you may instinctively know how to handle your vehicle, but be sure to keep some key tips in mind when practicing with your young driver:
• While it is good for your teenager to get some winter driving experience, don’t start the lesson during a snowstorm.
• Practise in an ice- or snow-covered parking lot before hitting the streets.
• Teach your teen the value of being prepared. Make sure your car is in good working order and you have snow tires for extra traction. Keep emergency supplies in the car and show your kid where they are located. Supplies should include an ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, lighter or matches, sand or ice-melting salt, shovel and working cellphone. A few snacks, bottled water and warm blanket are good safeguards to keep in the car as well.
Compiled by Heather Cameron