What should you avoid when teaching someone how to drive?
I'm teaching my oldest child how to drive, as she just got her learner's permit. The only problem is that I've never taught anyone to drive. I have a basic idea of how to do it based on my own experiences, but what should I avoid telling her when I'm teaching her how to drive?
- Do as I say, not as I do. Remember that your example can have a profound impact on your student. Drive defensively.
- Powering through. Not everyone is confident behind the wheel. Don’t ignore body language. If your daughter looks terrified, don’t tell her to power through it. Pump the brakes both figuratively and literally.
- Go on autopilot. Keep open communication when you’re teaching your daughter to drive. Vocally communicate ideas and encourage her to do the same. That’s the only way she can get more comfortable, ask questions, and know what to do next.