Driver training: Important tips for teaching your teenager safe driving skills
Driver Training - Atlanta
By Sherin Hylan
So, you have a teenager armed with a permit ready to hit the Atlanta streets. If this is your first dance with driver training, you may feel overwhelmed. Try not to worry too much; take a deep breath and make a plan to best help your teen learn how to become a safe driver. Atlanta is full of traffic and busy roads, so be sure your teen is sufficiently prepared before driving as a licensed driver.
Learn the car
First, familiarize your teenager with the car. Show your teen how to properly adjust the car's seat and mirrors. Then teach your teen the fundamentals of the dash and necessary controls. Also, discuss the warning lights that may pop up. Lastly, don't forget to go over any existing blind spots.
Driver training basics
Start driver training in a quiet parking lot. Let your teen get a feel for the car by practicing simple skills like turning and braking. This is also a great time to teach parking tactics. If you can, invest in some orange parking cones to use during training activities.
Stepping it up
The next step is to take your teenager driving around residential streets. Teach your teen about scanning for potential road hazards, such as pedestrians, animals, parked cars, bikers and other drivers. He/she should be frequently checking mirrors and blinds spots as well.
Some skills to focus on are:
Facing traffic and the highway
When your teen is comfortable, it's time to drive in busy streets and then the highway. These skills will be tougher to teach, and consequently, more difficult for your teen to master. Patience and practice will be essential for success.
Important things to work on include:
Some final tips
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