The Best Gifts to Get a New Driver
It has finally happened: your teenager studied, practiced, took the test, and just got their driver’s license. Learning how to drive is a huge part of growing up. It gives your child more freedom, and it gives you freedom from having to drive them around.
While you might be sad to see your child grow more independent, getting a driver’s license is also a great reason to celebrate. Many teens choose to take their driving test on or around their birthday. Why not get them a gift to honor the occasion(s) and make them safer and happier behind the wheel?
A good gift for a new driver is something that will help make them safer and more confident as they drive—giving you more peace of mind with them out on the road alone for the first time. Here are a few of our favorite gifts for a new driver:
Buying a car for their teenager might be impossible for a lot of families, but if you have some room in your budget, there is no gift more exciting to a new driver than their own set of wheels. If paying for the whole car isn’t an option, you can split the cost of the vehicle with your teen instead.
When buying a car for a teenager, it is important to do your research and make sure you get something both safe and reliable. Your teen might want something new and flashy, but having at least six working airbags and anti-lock brakes is much more important than a nice sound system or cool color.
Now that your teen has their license, they are going to have to face the reality of all the costs that come with driving, especially if they have their own car. From insurance to gas to repairs, the numbers add up quickly.
One way to make it easier on them is to give them a gift card for car-related services. You can get them a gift card for car washes, oil changes, and even gas. Not only will this help them save some money, it will also encourage them to take better care of their vehicle.
Bluetooth Cassette Adapter
If your teen drives an older car, they might be disappointed to find that it has a tape deck rather than bluetooth capabilities. The Cassette Adapter Bluetooth from ION Audio turns your cassette player into a bluetooth receiver without you needing to install a new stereo. Your teen will love being able to listen to music on their phone, and you’ll love that they won’t be fiddling with the radio or picking up their phone while driving.
It is no secret that teenagers love their cell phones, but using a phone behind the wheel is extremely dangerous. While it is important to stress to your teen the importance of not texting and driving, many people still rely on their cell phones for navigation and maps.
A phone dock mounts the phone at eye level so you can check directions without looking down or away from the road. A phone mount does not make it any safer to text and drive, however. Make sure that your teen enters an address and gets the directions they need before starting the car.
Directly behind every vehicle, no matter its size, is a dangerous blind spot. Backing up can be difficult for a new driver, especially when they can’t see what is happening behind them. The best way to eliminate this blind spot is by using a backup camera.
Starting in May of 2018, all new cars will come with backup cameras. If your teen has an older car, they may need an aftermarket backup camera instead.
You never want to imagine your child being in an emergency while they are driving. Nevertheless, emergencies do happen, and it is better for your child to be prepared just in case. You can prepare a car emergency kit or buy one already stocked with the necessities.
Give the Gift of Safety
When your teen gets their license, it is both a great reason to celebrate the accomplishment and the perfect moment for you to teach them about safe driving. Accomplish both goals by showing them the value of a reliable car or by giving gifts that will prepare them to focus on the road while driving and steer clear of dangerous situations. They’ll thank you later.