Join us for a How to Work with Your Teen Driver (also known as our Parent Class). We cover topics such as what parents need to know about teenage driving as well as detail on how, what and why we teach what we teach. While it is a 3 hour commitment, parents that have attended have said, “we learned a lot and am glad we came.” You may think, “I know how to drive, I don’t need to come to a class” and while that may be true, you probably have picked up bad habits and driving has changed since you learned to drive. The other reality is, just because someone knows “how to drive” or at least “thinks” they know how to drive, it does not mean they know how to “teach someone to drive,” especially safely.
It has been our experience that when parents make the effort and take the time to attend a class, the overall experience for their student is much more successful and enjoyable. We are not working against each other and are supporting the student with similar verbiage and instruction all in an effort to develop a safe and responsible young driver.
Practice is a crucial part of the process of learning how to drive. It is essential that students have a support system of responsible adults (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, adult friends to work with them) and have the opportunity to get practice driving in all types of traffic circumstances. Unfortunately, many parents are under the illusion that their teen is a “good driver.” While students will develop and become good drivers, remember they are novice drivers and will be novice drivers for the next several years.
Nothing makes me more crazy then when a parent says, “oh they’re a great driver” and their analysis is based on a drive back and forth to school or in a familiar area. Driving is much more than being able to navigate a single driving scenario. The basic skills of making rights and lefts and managing to keep their vehicle in their lane are all necessary skills, however, the day your teenager is really ready to be on the road is when they have developed a sense of responsibility and good judgement and decision making skills. That is the day when you aren’t coaching them or telling them what to do, and you are comfortable with their decision making skills in ALL TYPES of driving scenarios. THEN and only then are they ready for solo driving.