How to Approach it
Chances are that it’s your child that is going to do the approaching – you will likely greatly dread the day, once they’re in their teens and refrain from so much as mentioning the word ‘car’.
Alas, it is the day they ask you to teach them to drive is imminent, so you should prepare yourself, which is probably why you’re reading this right now. Relax and read these basic tips on how to make teaching your children to drive easier:
- Don’t stress about it – Now, I know this advice might make you t cringe, but being relaxed (or at least trying to appear so) is the key factor in making the whole experience less stressful. Make teaching your kid how to drive a bright, goofy event, while you’re still at home, start talking about how quickly they’ll get used to the steering wheel and brakes in no time.
- Find a perfect spot for the lessons to take place – Aim at finding open, flat, concrete grounds for first couple of lessons, most likely empty parking lots. Having enough wiggle room will not only make sure that your car remains unharmed, but also that your child is more relaxed.
- Explain to them how a car works – Make sure that you’ve outlined the basics of driving. Don’t talk too much about windshield wipers and turning lights, point out the pedals and the wheel to them. The engine should also be covered in this step.
- Start with the wheel – Once you’ve found your perfect space for driving lessons, and given them a theoretical approach to the basics of driving, don’t just straight away get them to sit in the driver’s seat. Remain in the seat instead and drive really slowly, while giving them control of the wheel. This will doubtlessly bring smile to their face.
- Move on to pedals – Switch seats with your kid and take control of the wheel. Explain to them how the gas and brake pedals work (you’ll need to do a whole lot of explaining if you’re driving manual, but once your kid has learned how to operate a vehicle with a manual transmission, the auto will be a breeze). This is best done with your hands on the wheel.
- Give them control – Once you’re certain that your child has caught the general gist of driving, let them roam around the area that you’ve chosen for your driving lessons. Make sure that you remain on the front passenger seat, so that you can pull the handbrake if your kid happens to lose control.
After the Lessons
Your worries won’t end after the lessons. In fact, this is when the worries will skyrocket. Getting your kid their first car is somewhat of a scary experience, but make sure that you realize that this is unavoidable. Your kid will get a vehicle anyway, so perhaps check out online auctions, as these offer the best deals possible, much better than opting for a preowned vehicle. Getting them a brand new vehicle from a car dealership might not be the best example of parenting – they should start with a car below average and move on to a better one a couple of years later. A relatively bad car will teach them to appreciate vehicles, as well as keep them from speeding. Naturally, opt for the safest possible vehicle.
Teaching your kid how to drive is not something you’re likely to be looking forward to. However, being relaxed and following the outlined steps will make the experience much less tedious and will help both your kid and yourself.