Your child is now old enough to start learning how to drive. That thought can certainly be frightening, but what’s more frightening is the idea of them hitting the road without being properly prepared. Here are just a few tips to help you get your teen prepped to take on driver’s ed.
Make Sure They Have Their Learner’s Permit
The first step to getting your child ready to learn how to drive is to make sure they’re legally allowed to do so. Have them apply for a learner’s permit well ahead of time so that there are no issues when that first day of driver’s education rolls around.
Cover the Basic Rules of the Road
Your teen will learn all about the spoken and unspoken rules that govern the road in driver’s education, but a quick rundown beforehand will help those rules stick more quickly. Cover everything from who has the right of way at a four-way intersection to speed limits to driver safety and more.
Teach Them Some Car Basics
Showing your child the basics of operating and caring for a car is critical. Teach them how to understand the dashboard, pump gas, use blinkers, and windshield wipers, and change a tire.
Let Them Get Some Practice In
Your teen is going to feel a fair amount of pressure when they first get behind the wheel in driver’s ed. You can alleviate some of it by helping them practice beforehand.
Take them to an empty parking lot and let them get familiar with the feel of the car. They’ll most likely be shaky at first, but with the added practice, they’ll be on the fast track to a lifetime of safe and confident driving.
Auto Safety Driving School provides one-on-one lessons to new drivers who are ready to earn their driver’s licenses. Call (813) 875-4809 to learn more.