Tips to teach your kids to drive

November 3, 2015

Tips to teach your kids to drive

Teenage kids are usually eager to learn how to drive. Here are some tips to help them on their way.

Tips to teach your kids to drive

Take your own driving lessons

One of the best ways to prepare yourself for teaching your kid to drive is by getting in the driver's seat and having someone else instruct you. Get your spouse or a friend to guide you as though you are learning to drive for the first time. That way you will get a sense of the things that are helpful and the things that are a little annoying and unproductive.

Scout out a location

When your kids are first learning how to drive, they should be behind the wheel in a safe and secure location. Look around your town for wide, open parking lots that are open to the public or other spaces that don't pose any danger to a new driver. You want to have them practise in a space that feels comfortable and danger-free.

Work up to the hard stuff

When you're teaching your kids something as big and difficult as driving, you want to make sure you start out doing the simple stuff. Even reversing out of the driveway and then pulling back into the garage are important steps in the learning process. You can continue to increase in slow and gradual increments until you are ready to tackle the roadways and freeways. Remember to follow all the local laws and restrictions when taking your kid out on the road.

Have a plan

Teaching a teen to drive requires a well thought out plan that is broken down into different steps and also takes into account the particular learning level and driving skills of your teen. You have to pay attention to how much they are learning and what their strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to getting behind the wheel. Make sure to come up with a plan beforehand and to adjust it according to what your teen's strengths and weaknesses are after you see them perform behind the wheel.

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