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Driving LessonsTeaching your teenager to drive can be a daunting task if you’re not prepared. But with a plan of action and a calm attitude, it doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. Use the following guide to teach your teenager the importance of driving safely and how to handle a vehicle in a variety of situations.

General Instructions

•    Every teenager is different and your child may not be ready to start driving immediately upon turning 15 or 16. Begin lessons once your child has expressed interest to avoid an overly jittery new driver.

•    Get in the right frame of mind before each lesson. Do not ridicule your teen or express frustration. Rather, ask questions to encourage awareness of surroundings. For example, rather than saying, “you’re driving like a maniac,” instead try, “do you know the speed limit?” Always praise a job well done.

•    Plan lessons ahead of time. Know where you will go and what skills you will focus on. The number of times your teen practices with you is more important than the length of each lesson. Limit lessons to 15 to 30 minutes at first to avoid overloading your teen.

•    Give your teen directions well ahead of time so he or she can anticipate the next actions that must be taken.

•    Teen drivers have not developed the skill of awareness. They tend to look at what’s right in front of them. Ask your teen questions about what he or she sees a ways down the road and how to use the mirrors to look all around the car.

•    Plan lessons during daylight and good weather until your teen is advanced enough to try tougher road conditions.

•    Set detailed ground rules in regards to curfews, cell phones and passengers.

Lesson Plans

•    Get to know the car: Teach your teen everything he or she needs to know about the functionality of a car, including starting/stopping the engine, using headlights and windshield wipers, adjusting mirrors, reading the dashboard symbols, fueling the car, inflating/changing tires and how to jump the battery. Don’t forget to teach your teen what to do if an accident occurs.

•    Learn the basics: Take your teen to a large, empty parking lot to learn the most basic skills, including accelerating, braking, turning both directions, using blinkers, driving in reverse, parking in 90 degree and diagonal spaces, parallel parking, making a U-turn and making a 3-point turn.

•    The open road: Once the basics are mastered, your teen is ready to try driving on roads and in residential areas. This stage of training will teach your teen skills including changing lanes, keeping a safe distance between cars, obeying speed limits and traffic signs, navigating through intersections (both with lights and stop signs), making unprotected turns, crossing railroad tracks and honing the skill of awareness.

•    Advanced road conditions: This stage of training prepares your teen for more risky road conditions that he or she will have to face once fully licensed, including skills such as driving on the highway, driving at night and driving in the rain, snow and ice.

The best way to protect your teen driver is to patiently teach driving skills and to insure his or her car. Call Prestige Insurance Group at (305) 969-8776 for more information on Miami auto insurance.
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