Practicing with your teen driver is the best way to build experience. If you’re not sure where to start, the Digital Driving Coach is here to help! We have 52 lessons, which have been reviewed and vetted by a driver education professional, to help you get started. You can browse the lessons here on DriveitHOME and create your own lesson plan, or you can sign up for 52 weekly emails using the form on this page and get them delivered straight to your inbox.
Some quick tips for using these lessons:
In general – start with low-risk situations, and work up to more risky situations. Begin in daylight, good weather and on remote roads or empty parking lots. Gradually move to dusk and nighttime driving, inclement weather and busier roads. Start with basic skills (turning, parking and backing up) before moving to more complex skills. And keep other passengers out of the vehicle when practicing with your teen—neither of you need the distraction.
- Be calm and patient – If you just had an argument or someone is upset, wait to take the drive. Make sure the atmosphere is right for a good experience.
- Expect mistakes – The only way to learn is to make mistakes, so accept this, be positive and try to help minimize risk when the mistakes happen. Praise correct driving.
- Give proper instructions – Explain what your teen should do in advance, in a clear, calm voice.
- Stay focused – Remember that your teen is still learning, and you are the responsible, experienced driver. Scan the roadway for hazards and be ready to react, eliminate distractions, and always encourage this behavior in your teen.
- Drive the way you want your teen to drive – Remember, teens see their parents as role models. That doesn’t change when they get their license. When you are behind the wheel, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want your son or daughter to do. If your teen catches you – admit to your mistakes. It shows your new driver it is never too late to start driving safely.