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Teaching your child to drive is like a right of passage, both for the child and for the parent! While teaching someone to drive when their older has its own dynamic, teaching your teenage son or daughter to drive can be daunting, but it can be enjoyable and a lot of fun if done properly.
I have started teaching my son to drive recently and so far it is going well. As a driving instructor myself I am starting to see things from a parents perspective instead of a driving instructor. When you are teaching someone so close to you, your son or daughter for instance, if they make a mistake and you correct them this might then upset them, but unlike a driving instructor, you have to go home with them. I have said to my son whatever happens in the car must stay in the car. Keep the lessons separate from home life. It has so far worked for me. Try and have empathy with them, we all make mistakes, it’s how we learn if you never make a mistake you can never learn.
Some of the top tips might seem like common sense because it is, but do read up on this link: The Driving Test Changes of 2017
Some expert tips to help you start to teach your child to drive properly
Before we start, here are some other tips for parents teaching a child driving that we’ve produced in video format so you can be sure you’re teaching the correct driving techniques:
How to use a roundabout – coming on and off large roundabouts, using the correct lanes and how to change lanes.
How to do a 3 point turn – turning in the road, often called the three point turn.
How to perform an emergency stop – learn the correct emergency stop procedure
Parallell parking – learn the correct technique and tips for parallel parking
Reversing around a corner to your left – learn positioning and technique when teaching how to reverse around a corner
Reversing into a parking space / bay – How to start, line yourself up and reverse into a parking bay
1) Start off on a quiet road
When you first start to teach your child to drive, being on a quiet road will be a massive help. This will help with getting used to your car, especially the biting point of the clutch. Stay on the quiet road until you are very sure they can handle busier roads. Driving has a lot to do with confidence.
2) Be patient
Your teenage daughter or son are not making mistakes just to annoy you or wreck your pride and joy car. By being patience they will find learning to drive a lot easier.
3) Be calm
For the same reasons as being patience, when people learn to drive in a calming environment they tend to pick up things very quickly. So remember, you may be their parent, but you have to treat your daughter or son as you would someone else you were teaching and keep yourself relaxed so that they are calm too.
4) Stay on roads that you know very well
Stay on roads that you know if you really want to teach your kids to drive well.
By staying on roads that you know well you will know what to expect on the road ahead. This will make it easier for you to teach them how to drive.
5) Cover more difficult roads
When they are at the right standard of driving take them on more difficult roads, Your son and daughter will need to learn to drive on more challenging roads. Not only for test reasons but you want to make sure they are safe while out driving lone after passing their test
Be in control of the lessons at all times. You are legally responsible for them on the road. If they break the speed limit while you are teaching them you can also be prosecuted as you are deemed to be in control of the lessons.
7) Drive like you
Make sure they can drive like you, (that is if you are a good driver), you want your children to be safe drivers not just pass a basic driving test. If you know little safety tips, like the 2 second rule for keeping the correct driving distance, then teach them to be that bit safer.
This is a really important one, learning to drive should be fun, you are getting bonding time with your daughter or son. Making memories that will stay with you and them for life. If they or you are not enjoying the driving lessons then stop and hire a good driving instructor.
9) Waiting times
Waiting times for theory test and practical tests can be long so book the tests up well in advance, they will need to have passed the theory test before they will be allowed to book a practical driving test.
10) Test day
On their driving test day, don’t make to much of a song and dance of whether they will pass or fail. What will be will be, as the saying goes?
Learning to drive should be something that you look forward to doing not just a choir. If you enjoy teaching them then they will enjoy learning to drive. It can take up to a hundred lessons to get someone up to driving test standard if you a not a professional driving instructor.
You and your son or daughter will have good days and bad days, this is what memories are made of.
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Last updated: 21/11/2023