When your teen starts to learn to drive there will be different requirements, depending on which state you live in. For instance, Iowa has a system of graduated licenses which starts when the driver is fourteen. The system includes the requirement for your teen to take certain standard training; you can click here for more information. It also includes the requirement for your teen to undergo a mandated number of hours of supervised driving. This is a standard requirement for teens wherever you live; although the instructions and number of hours may vary.
This supervised driving is where you come in. It’s your opportunity to instil a sense of responsibility from the outset, and be a good influence. Of course, you need to make sure that your teen is able to drive in different types of road and weather conditions. So, what is the best way of doing this?
Start with the basics
Although your teen will eventually need to be able to drive in different conditions, you should never rush their learning. Before you start to teach them you should:
- Ensure you are on the same page as the certified instructor. Mixed messages will only be confusing for your teen.
- Plan the lessons so that you know what you want to be achieved by the end of each one.
- Know the routes and conditions yourself, so that you can give clear and timely instruction.
- Get some experience of sitting in the passenger seat. It’s a whole different perspective to driving. You need to be able to judge positioning and distance.
Doing all of these things before your take to the road helps lessons to go well when they start.
How to approach different conditions
Once you have started teaching your teen to drive, you obviously need to help them progress; but take your time. It’s useful to start teaching them in a parking lot, in good conditions, then progress from there. Once they are confident driving in quieter traffic, in good weather, you should start to introduce them to other conditions. It’s a good idea to try and introduce these conditions one at a time.
- Night time driving – the use of lights and how to adjust to seeing things differently.
- Driving in heavy traffic – how to safely enter and leave a line of traffic and how to overtake.
- Driving in heavy rain – the use of wipers and the need to keep a safe distance.
- Driving in ice and rain – the use of lights and wipers, how to keep a safe distance and how to brake effectively.
These are just examples of what you need to cover. You need to make sure that the advice and information you provide is as comprehensive as possible.
It’s important that your teen knows how to drive in different conditions; including potentially dangerous ones. The trick is to make sure you do not rush them and that you show them all of the basics first.