Keep calm and drive safely.
Tips for Teaching Your Teen How to Drive
If you’re a parent choosing to skip driver’s ed altogether, teaching your teen how to drive is always another great option for private lessons and a bit of bonding. It takes a lot of patience, time, and trust when in the process of teaching them behind the wheel, but keeping a positive mindset and try remembering when you first started learning how to drive.
Start in daylight and good weather
Nothing could be anymore nervous and overwhelming for a teen first learning how to drive in a storm. Develop your teen’s skills in good road conditions so they can learn the basics first. This will keep them calm and a lot more focused. Be sure to also give them pointers for driving in extreme weather or wet conditions. It also helps to start slow in an empty parking lot and then gradually going on common roads.
Although it’s easier said than done, but staying calm with your teen behind the wheel will keep them calm as well. Never scold or raise your voice. Remember that they’re learning and mistakes are bound to happen. Mapping out a route before you both take off also helps so your teen knows exactly where to drive without an unexpected the shout of “Turn here!” This might startle them and a tense driver is the last thing you want.
Keep them alert
You never want to distract your teen but keeping them on their toes is important when teaching them how to drive. “What is the speed limit here?” or “We will be turning right in the next block” are helpful indicators to keep a driving teen aware and constantly learning about the road. Be sure to also explain road courtesy and how to properly interact with other drivers. In addition, being even more aware than your teen also keeps them comfortable about things they’ve not yet mastered yet.
Your teen will never learn from their mistakes if you don’t give them feedback. Keep in mind that they’re learning and they will only improve if you give them positive and encouraging advice. Be sure to explain their errors as well as the things they did very well. It’s also a two-way street. Let them reflect on their driving and how they think they’re progressing.
Set a good example
Whenever you’re behind the wheel, lead by example. Try avoiding your bad habits of speeding through yellow lights or passing over a solid line. Just because your teen isn’t behind the wheel, the driving lessons never stops. Be sure to let them know that a driver’s license is a privilege that cannot be taken lightly.