Tips for fathers when teaching their teen to drive

Teaching your teen to drive is something to consider if you can do so in a way that allows learning all the right driving habits. How you actually drive and what a trooper expects to see when giving a test can be two different things. Learning what it will take for your teen to pass the test is just as important as it is for the teen to learn what to do when actually driving on the road.

Troopers ask questions, and normally only ask the most important, as they do not have the time to cover all that the student may have studied.  They want to make sure your teen has knowledge of the most common sense questions. While teaching your teen to drive, also interact in a way so that you take the time to go over the questions and answers.

One of the key issues in teaching a teen to drive is the lack of patience a parent often displays when the teen make mistakes. This inhibits learning more than anything, and often works against your goal of teaching the proper driving techniques.

Give instructions in a way that the teen will understand instead of assuming the teen is following and understanding what you say. Be calm in you’re delivery of those instructions, and if a mistake is made remain calm and reassuring that everyone makes mistakes and then let the teen try again. 

Assure the teen that he or she should not be nervous about the state trooper sitting in the front seat when going for the test. The troopers know that a student won’t do his or her best as a result and often times take that into consideration.  A student, who is able to relax, will do much better and be more confident that he or she will not fail.

Instilling proper driving techniques is not just a matter of passing a test to get a  license. More importantly,  good driving techniques may just save a life or more. What you teach in the way of safe driving will carry your teen safely through the rest of his or her life.

Be sure to give reasons for why some of what you teach is so important. Your teen will make better decisions and follow what you taught when understanding the reasons for certain rules and instructions.

Driving is a privilege, and it should be instilled in teens’ minds as such.  They will think twice before doing something that may remove that privilege.

Rent films of really bad accidents to help show the consequences of failed attention to safety.

Make sure the car that was used to teach is the same one the teen will use when going for the test. The more a teen is familiar with and comfortable with the car, the better the chances of not making mistakes.

Take a trip back in time to remember how it felt the first time behind the wheel yourself, and then practice what would have made you feel at ease when being taught to drive. In fact in would be a good idea for you yourself to brush up on the right ways of driving and the many rules that apply.

In this way, you will be better equipped to teach the proper techniques to your teen, instead of just teaching enough to pass the test. Many schools have a driving course for teaching students how to drive. These are available to use in practicing the necessary maneuvers that the student would face on the actual roadway.