When someone is learning to drive, it is ideal that they practise between lessons with a parent or guardian. Their driving instructor will be looking to teach them new manoeuvres, introduce them to the rules of the road and generally get them ready for their test at the end of the process. When they are driving with the help of someone else though, they will have the opportunity to put all of this into practice, building their confidence and improving their judgement outside of the driver/instructor environment.
It is important to remember as well that they will be watching you closely too. Everyone has a driving style, but make sure that yours involves the key things that they are being taught at the time. Things to remember include:
– Keeping two hands on the wheel
– Regularly checking mirrors
– Keeping well within speed limits
– Slowing down for amber lights
– Never talking on the phone while driving
These may well be things you do already, but emphasising them for the benefit of the learner certainly doesn’t hurt. It is the responsibility of everyone involved in teaching a learner to drive that only good habits are being picked up. This will ensure that they are ready to face the road on their own as and when they pass their test.
Feel free to give your children tips though as well, preferably on how to stay safer and more in control when driving. The perfect way to do this is to read through the same books they will be reading and to pick out the types of things that are likely to come up in their test, or that are DVLA approved.
Teaching your child to drive outside of the driving instructor format can have huge benefits. Not only does it give the learner more opportunity to practice what they are learning, it ultimately speeds them along quicker towards their test. The quicker they pass, the less expensive the process and the closer you get to having someone to drive you around for a change!