Teaching your teens how to drive requires more patience and attitude. In fact, giving driving lessons is more challenging. Try to remember your experience when you had your first driving session. Keep in mind that it’s a step-by-step process. It may take some time before they finally get the hang of it—from learning how much pressure to put on the brake and gas pedals to merging into traffic on the highway. To help you out, here are some ways suggested by our team to make these sessions as effective and stress-free as possible.
Remain calm and show the new driver you’re confident enough to hand him over the keys. Your role here is not just to teach the technicalities but to boost their confidence and to make them comfortable around the steering wheel. There is nothing to worry if you don’t put your student in a situation they are not yet ready for.
Find the best location
During the first few sessions, make sure to practice in a safe, open area at daylight and only during good weather conditions. Try to take to take these initial lessons at empty parking lots. As your student becomes more and more comfortable behind the wheel, you can start branching out to side streets and different road conditions.
Create a lesson plan
Usually, the first sessions include learning how to turn on the engine, adjust the seat and mirrors, and slowly moving the car forward. Review and evaluate each session before gradually adding new skills.
Give good directions
When supervising a new driver, make sure to give directions in a clam, and clear voice. As much as possible, give your instructions in advance. Avoid confusion by instructing your student where something will happen before what it is you need them to execute. For example, “At the next corner, turn right”. You should also avoid using the word “stop”. Instead, ask them to “bring the car to a stop”.
Most importantly, make sure both of you are having a good time. Neither one of you should get upset at the false starts. This doesn’t mean you’re not taking it seriously, but it’s always better to give your students a fun and learning experience.