Teaching anyone how to drive is actually quite hard. Most parents will try to teach their teenagers to drive, which can definitely be stressful for both of you.
So we’ve put together a few tips on how can we teach our teenagers to drive.
Hopefully, these will help make this experience as stress-free as possible.
Model safe driving from an early age
Talk about driving long before your kids are starting to get ready to get their permit.
Show them positive driving habits by keeping your phone off, using your seatbelt, and obeying the rules of the road.
Give your teen time to get used to the car they will be driving
Show them how turn signals and mirrors work without having to drive anywhere.
Give your teen a rundown of the steering controls while sitting with them to find the right seat position.
Practice driving as often as possible
Try to drive with them more often even if it means less time in each session.
Start off slow with low traffic and good weather conditions.
Drive for short distances in areas that they are familiar with.
Once they are more confident, start stretching the driving lessons out a little bit longer and further.
Here is a list of the basic beginner skills that they will need to practice and master:
- Turns: speed and use of signals
- Braking smoothly: gradually slowing to a stop
- Accelerating smoothly: steadily increasing to a safe speed within the posted limit
- Approaching intersections controlled by stop signs or lights
- Determining right of way
- Single-lane and multi-lane roadways (low speeds)
- Changing lanes and how to merge into traffic safely
- Maintaining appropriate speed
- Scanning for and identifying hazards
- Keeping a safe following distance
- Sharing the road with cyclists, pedestrians, and school buses
- Driving in a school zone
- Reacting to an approaching emergency vehicle
- Using turning lanes
Only let them drive on a highway once they are confident and then make sure to choose a quieter time of day.
- You should talk to your teen about driving before they are of driving age.
- Teach them by example with your own safe driving.
- Make sure your teen is familiar with the car they will be driving.
- Ensure that your teenager is a safe, conscientious driver and understands and follows all the road rules.
Devi Mohanty, vice president of product development for USAA, echoes that sentiment, as speeding, harsh braking, hard cornering, and phone use are the most common contributing factors in teen driving accidents.
Watch this video explaining the top 5 tips to remember: