Practice Driving with a New Driver

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Tip #2:  Every state is different in terms of their requirements for practice driving before a new driver is eligible for their license.  Here in the state of Arizona the state requires 30 hours of practice driving, of which 10, should be night time driving.  At DrivingMBA we recommend to our parents and students 100 hours of varied driving.  Often times parents will tell us their student has 20+ hours of practice driving, come to find out, the student has driven back and forth to school every day.  That really isn’t good practice for them, as they become familiar with that route.  A saying we have here at DrivingMBA is that “driving is a mental process assisted by physical moves.”

Students need to have practice in all different types of traffic situations and in different locations.  They need to  develop their judgment and decision making skills.  Now, having said that, it does not mean that they get their permit one day and the next day they are out making left hand turns in heavy traffic.  We recommend a systematic approach.  Start in neighborhoods (preferably where there are NOT a lot of children) or business parks on the weekend where there is low to no traffic.  Starting here, vs. a parking lot gives them practice with maintaining lane position and they can practice their right turns and then left turns in a relatively safe environment.  Right turns should be made at 10 miles per hour and left turns no more than 15 miles per hour.  If you are a parent and you are freaking out about the prospect of having to get in a car with your teenager behind the wheel, join us for our parent class.  Click here to learn more about it.

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