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During a global event, such as the coronavirus, most driving schools are temporarily closed and unable to offer driving classes for teens. This is the time children are with their parents at home, making it a perfect time to teach your teen to drive.

Even when driving schools are operational, most parents may prefer to introduce their teens to driving before handing them to a professional driving instructor. So, how exactly do you teach your teen driving?

Most teens will jump at the opportunity to learn driving, as it’s a ticket to freedom. But with every sovereignty comes great responsibility. As a parent, the thought of your teen driving can be terrifying. The high numbers of teen car crash justify the fear of teen driving in comparison to other age groups. Teen drivers have a crash rate almost four times that of drivers 20 years or older.

That means, as a parent, you need to consider your teen’s driving safety. You’ve got to be action-oriented by educating your teen on the nuts and bolts of driving. To help with the process, here are some recommendations.

What Should You Know and Expect

There are essential skills that are vital for your teen driver. You’ll need to emphasize the skills during the learning process. For the vehicle, mirrors, seat belts, inflation of tires, and inspection are some of the essentials that you should touch on.  Safe turns, braking, avoiding distractions, and shifting gears, are a few fundamental operations that are important for your driving teen.

how to teach your teen about driving

The following are stages of driving that will help you decide the best approach for your teen driver to develop up-to-standard driving skills.

Know Your Vehicle

This stage involves taking your teen driver through how a vehicle works and all vital details about the car. You can assign your teen a driver’s manual as well as a demonstration. Your teen driver should eventually be able to:

The Basic Skills

By getting behind-the-wheel, teach your teen driver how to drive the vehicle, and how you want it done. It can be in an empty parking lot. At this stage, you should show your teen driver how to:

Coping with Distractions and Interacting with Other Drivers

At this point, you should train your teen driver on how to operate the vehicle with other road-users in their surroundings safely. You’ll require a not-so-busy residential street until your teen is comfortable and confident on a busy road. Here are the skills you should teach your teen driver:

Parking and Making Turns

There could be more parking accidents compared to other causes. Driving is one thing; parking is another. To master this skill, you should consider an empty parking lot and a less busy street. Below are the skills you should be able to take your teen driver through.

Advanced Skills

To ensure proficiency, the driving skills at this stage are essential as they prove a good understanding of the skills in the first four stages. Therefore, you shouldn’t advocate for expertise at this point without taking your teen driver through the early four stages. At the end of this stage, your teen should be able to:

Wrap Up

As a parent, you can’t be able to prevent every mistake your teen driver makes. It’s therefore essential that you enroll them in a driving school for professional training. It’s through professional driving instructors that your teen learns healthy road habits that are crucial for safe driving.

At Pierre Paul Driving School, we offer driving classes for teens. Enroll your teen in our driving program that is made specifically for young drivers. Get in touch with us today.