How to Help a Teen Practice Driving

When your child reaches the age that they can start to drive and you want to ensure that they'll be can be safe on the road, you can be a good helper during their practice sessions. It is important that the right steps are followed as this is the time where the learner will pick up any bad habits they have.


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    Assess your own driving. Grab someone else and go for a spin with them. If someone else assessing you feels that your driving is not the best, then it may be best to leave the teaching to the professionals. After all, health and safety should be top priority.
  2. 2
    Take your teenager onto quiet streets. Make sure you are confident that the teen can control a car all by themselves in a area where the risk of causing an accident is minimal.
  3. 3
    Proceed to busier areas. Once your teen has mastered the basics of driving, start taking them out onto the busier streets. Start off with the residential roads, building your way up to bigger roads where the speed limits increase.
  4. 4
    Introduce the idea of multitasking slowly. This refers to steering, changing gear and checking mirrors at once. The best place to test these is at roundabouts of varying sizes.
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    Ask for help to make an objective assessment. Once your teen, in your opinion, has perfected their driving skills, have the same person who assessed you assess the teen and give feedback on what they think. They may pick up on something that you haven't yet.


  • Make sure to get your driving assessed by someone who does not travel with you a lot, as it will gain a fresh point of view while driving.
  • Use these sessions to supplement the teachings of a professional as they have dual controlled cars and know how to teach novices the best.


  • Make sure that both you and the learner are properly insured for the relevant car.
  • If your car does not have dual controls, accidents may happen. Thus, make sure you are confident they have some prior driving experience as things can easily go wrong.
  • Never shout at or scold your teen, as it may frighten or frustrate the driver, making them more prone to accidents. Try making them aware of their mistakes by pulling them over and explaining in a quieter tone.
  • If you lack the patience to teach your teen, then don't try. It is far better that they learn with someone who is calm and not liable to yell at them than to push things too far.

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