Teaching your teen to drive can be a scary thing. After all, the only way you can control the car is to use your voice and rely on an inexperienced driver, who has never had to operate a three thousand pound machine before. You will find yourself over and over wanting to hit what driving experts call an “air brake”. And practicing in live traffic will be even more mentally taxing, for you and your teen. This article intends to provide tips and ideas to help you teach your teen. Remember that your teen is a person, and in order for people to succeed they need to be taught to, not dictated.
Practice is the Key, Expertise is the Lock
Practice, practice, practice, and after you are done practicing, practice some more. Surveys revealed that less than 20% of parents in California spend 50 or more teaching their kid to drive.
Fifty hours is the bare minimum, in addition to any traditional in-class or online driving school.
One method I would recommend is practicing in an empty parking lot. Preferably at grocery store such as Sam’s Club or Target, that way you could use baskets as if they were parked cars.
The best time to practice is hours before they open or hours after they closed. That way you can practice without having to worry any interruptions from other vehicles. As your child becomes more experienced and comfortable behind the wheel, have them practice during business hours when that parking lot is busy. This will ease them into driving in real live traffic.
You should practice with your teen in many different conditions. Many parents make the mistake of teaching their child to drive under one condition; perfect conditions.
Practice with your kid in the early morning, practice with them at night. Practice with them in the rain, sleet and snow. Practice with them while it’s raining at night or snowing in the morning.
If you are in southern California (or anywhere else), where it’s always sunny, don’t worry about it. Just teach them how to drive like you normally would.
Preach the Importance of a Good Driving Mentality
It’s common for parents to be anxious and excited when teaching their child how to drive. But in doing so it makes your teen a bit uneasy. Be sure to inform your teen about texting/talking/driving while driving. Explain why it is also important to have a level head, and not experience road rage.
Experts say that the biggest concern with teen driver is their mentality. So it is essential that devote time to talking about this side of driving.
After you have devoted hours of practice time, it will be time to have them take formal driving classes. You have the choice of traditional driving school or online driving school.