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Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Teaching Your Teen to Drive

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Published by: MetLife Auto and Home on Sep 16, 2010
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MtL At & Hm
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Tachng Y Tn t Dv
Without driving each other crazy!
 
You might feel better about your teenagerdriving, if you had some influence overhow your teen handles themself behind thewheel. Chances are good that you’re notacertified driving instructor. Chances arealso good that you’re probably a better rolemodel than most of your teen’s friends, whoare also just learning to drive. Your influencecould make a difference—a difference thatcould save your teen’s life!Even being an experienced driver, you mayfind it difficult to break down into pieces themany driving techniques that come so easilyto you. This booklet breaks down some ofthose procedures, so you can more easilyexplain them to your teen.One way to ensure sanity during your practicesessions is to try to focus on just one aspectof driving each time you drive together. That’swhy only one point is highlighted for eachchapter. Taking these tips in small doses justmay provide a way for you and your teen toreally cover some ground.“Staying Cool as a Copilot” comes first tohelp get you off to a good start. Then, eachsection progresses through driving tips,common problems, and what you can doto help your teen’s driving habits. You’ll alsofind suggestions for the best places for youto practice each skill. You may even use thetips as springboards to discussion as you andyour teen travel down the road to a saferdriving future.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Dear Parent/Guardian,
One of the best ways for you to influence your teen’s driving habits is to sit inthe copilot seat as your teenager learns to drive. This booklet will give you andyour teen a little something extra to work on during those practice sessions. Itwas written by MetLife Auto & Home and reviewed by the National HighwayTraffic Administration to support parents who want to help their teens becomesafer drivers.We hope this information helps you in the very important task you areundertaking—making your teenager the kind of driver you want them tobe. We at MetLife Auto & Home applaud your efforts and wish you and yourteen many happy drives together!
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Teaching Your Teen to Drive
 
GeT A VieW froM THe CoPiLoT’s seAT
Those mailboxes aren’t quite as close as they seem. But, if you’re usually the driver, it couldlook as though your teen driver is about to runthem over.Remember, the road looks very different fromthe passenger side. Take a ride in the passenger’sseat before experiencing it for the first timewith your new driver. This way, you can havea better feel for how the road looks from thepassenger’s point of view, and you’ll have oneless surprise when your teen takes the wheel.For example, it can be difficult to tell fromthe passenger seat if the vehicle is centered inits lane if you usually see the road from thedriver’s seat.
ACT As THe “NeW DriVer”
You play the “new driver” with an experienceddriver giving instructions. You might findbeing told to “turn left,” “turn right,” “stophere,” or “pull in there” can be awkward—anddownright annoying! This experience can help you understand what the new driver hearsand how they may feel once your practicesessions begin.
sTAY ALerT
It’s important to stay alert. This probably won’tbe a problem, since it is a fortunate parent/guardian indeed who can relax while theirteenager is driving. Remember, the minute youstart to relax can be the minute your teen needs your help. Be comfortable, but be alert.
reMeMber Your GoAL
Make sure you realize that only so much canbe taught about driving in a limited amountof time. But, practicing with your teen can pay off in the years to come. By practicing, youcan help them make decisions and judgmentsrather than rely on trial—and quite possibly—error.
firsT PrACTiCe sessioNs
Try to practice as often as possible, first withsessions of 15-20 minutes. Increase to practiceperiods lasting an hour, or so, during daylighthours and then at night and during poorweather conditions. Try to remember to takeadvantage of the opportunity to practice every time you get into the vehicle with your newdriver. Take a break, if either you or your teenbecomes tired or frustrated. Driving will notimprove under tense conditions. It’s all part of staying cool behind the wheel!
sTArT iN A PArkiNG LoT
Empty parking lots are a great place to see if  your teen can drive in a straight line forwardand backward, start up and drive a shortdistance, and stop the vehicle smoothly.Test your teen’s ability to turn the wheel andaccelerate. Decide on a point in the parking lotto turn right. Make sure they turn without firstdrifting to the left or cutting the corner. Make aleft turn the same way. Then try making a rightor left turn after coming to a complete stop.
STAYINg COOL AS A COPILOT
start in the right frame of mind
b y gn
Pang ltactvt:
StartStopLet turnrom stopRight turnrom stop
CHeCk PoiNT
Teachin Yo Teen to Die
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