If your teen is just starting to learn to drive, you may want to be involved from the start, so that you can be a good influence. One thing it’s important to remember is that teaching anyone to drive is not easy. There is a good chance that it will be harder still if you are teaching your own child. Of course, if you make it work, you get to feel a sense of achievement when your teen gets their license.
If you feel that you are ready for the challenge of teaching your teen to drive, there are certain things you can do to make it easier. Let’s take a look at how you should prepare and what you need to think about teaching your teen as they begin to make progress.
Preparing to teach your teen to drive
When you make the commitment to help your teen get their license, you should be prepared to do plenty of planning. Here are some of the points you should consider.
- Take some time getting used to being in the passenger seat. Your perspective of space and distance is very different from this position. You need to get this right in order to guide your teen safely.
- Speak to the licensed instructor who is helping your teen. You need to make sure you are both on the same page when it comes to the advice and instruction you are giving.
- Get to know the routes you are going to take during lessons. This means that you can give clear instructions, in plenty of time.
- Plan the lessons before you start. Obviously, you may need to make adjustments, depending on the amount of progress that is made. But it’s a good idea to concentrate on different areas of driving each lesson, if you can; until skills are built up.
Once you have completed the planning process, you are ready to start teaching your teen to drive.
The teaching process
As a driver, you will know that there is a lot to be taught, when it comes to driving. We are not going to discuss everything you need to cover here, but we are going to take a look at some points you should think about.
- Start small with short lessons, in a parking lot, in good weather.
- Once your teen is more confident do not forget to include driving at night and in bad weather.
- If your teen makes an error while driving, address it straight away. Ask them to pull the car over when they can and then explain the issue to them. Always be supportive and constructive.
- End the lesson if you, or your teen, becomes upset or angry.
- Make time at the end of each lesson to talk about how it went.
- Help your teen to apply for a practice permit test. You can learn more here if you do not know how to do this.
All of these tips should help you make it easier for your teen to pass their test, and get their license.