You may be dreading the day when you have to teach your teen how to drive. Maybe they are already dropping hints, but you are acting like you have no idea what they want.
Understand that your attitude going into it will dictate whether the entire experience is positive or negative. If they know you absolutely do not want to be in the car with them, it will affect their attitude and concentration. Your influence is the one thing that is going to make a difference. You don’t want them learning from their friend who just got their license a month ago, do you? Go into the process with a positive attitude and you may be surprised at how enjoyable the experience can be. You may even have a little quality bonding time.
• Be Familiar with the Copilot View – If you are used to only driving then the first time you are
in the passenger seat, you may feel like those mailboxes are a lot closer than they are. Have someone drive you around so you know what view to expect. No point in yelling about being too close to something when they’re really not.
• Take Direction – Have you ever had someone give you directions that were too vague or too last minute? It is frustrating! Act like a new driver, and have someone give you directions so you know what you should and shouldn’t do.
• Don’t Get Distracted – Hopefully you don’t plan on texting, taking calls, or browsing the Internet on your phone while they are driving. Don’t fuss with the radio either. It is important that you stay alert.
• Start in a Parking Lot – The last thing you want to do is take them on a road before they are comfortable with braking and turning. A quiet parking lot on a Sunday morning is ideal.
• Plan a Route – When you are ready to go on the road, have a route prepared. You really don’t want to end up in a construction zone with barrels and workers everywhere.
• Blind Spots – Teens don’t really understand blind spots until they discover a car or a person in one. While the car is parked, walk around it, so they can look through mirrors and windows to fully understand what a blind spot is.
• Short and Sweet – Keep lessons fairly short, especially the first few. Staying in a car with a new driver for over an hour until you are ready to snap is not a good idea. The first few lessons should be 20 minutes, or just a hair longer. Stop the lesson before you start showing signs that you are stressed so the experience remains positive. Even if your nerves are frazzled, try not to tell them. Praise them for what they did right and go relax next to your wall mounted fountain. The sound will soothe your nerves. If you don’t have one yet, stores like Luxe Water Walls always has great selections.