As the leader of your family, it’s your responsibility to help make sure that your child has the best possible chances of becoming a safe driver. When it’s their turn to take the wheel, you want to be sure they understand not only the basic operation of the vehicle, but also how to:
Use good driver etiquette
Handle unexpected emergency situations
Deal with accidents and injuries
Deal with other drivers
Navigate unfamiliar territories
Teaching Good Driver Etiquette
Teaching your child good driver etiquette is part teaching by leading, and part teaching with verbal clues. Following are some tips for teaching good driver etiquette.
1. Make eye contact with other drivers. This is something that may escape the notice of your child. As you make eye contact with other drivers to indicate intention and awareness, verbally make note of what you’re doing. Something as simple as saying, “See how I’m letting the other driver know that I see him at the intersection?”
2. Give pedestrians and bicyclists the right of way. This is an easy way to show your child how to be a good leader as a driver. Stop well behind the crosswalk to allow pedestrians to cross. If you live in a community with sidewalks, ask your child to help you look for other kids who might be coming along on their bike. They’ll soon get into the habit themselves when they become drivers.
3. Allow other cars to merge. When you slow down to let other drivers in, it promotes goodwill on the road. You know this, but your child may not. Demonstrate your willingness to allow other cars to enter the stream of traffic ahead of you.
Teaching the Handling of Unexpected Emergency Situations
Unless you are in an actual unexpected emergency situation, it’s difficult or impossible to teach your kids how to handle such a scenario. In this case, the best course of action is to enroll your kids who are learning to drive in a traffic school that teaches such things. An online traffic school program will offer education and advice for new drivers on how to handle unexpected emergency situations such as:
Traffic accident occurs in front of you
Power steering failure
Dealing With Accidents and Injuries
If your child who is learning to drive is involved in a traffic accident where there are accidents and injuries, they should know how to be a leader and step up to handle the situation. The best way to teach them what to do in these circumstances is to enroll them in a First Aid/First Response and CPR courses. This kind of training will give them certification and knowledge that they can use to help save a life if the need arises. This is the kind of knowledge that they can carry with them for as long as they live. It’s literally a gift that keeps on giving.
Dealing With Other Drivers
As an experienced driver, you know that you can only change your own behavior; not other drivers’. It’s inevitable that you will encounter other drivers who are rude, full of rage, not paying attention, or simply inexperienced. Obviously, you don’t want to upset enraged drivers, you want to avoid careless drivers, and look out for those less experienced. An online course in defensive driving will help to teach your youngster who is learning to drive the intricacies of dealing with other drivers.
When in an unfamiliar environment, asking your child to read the map and navigate for you can help teach them important map reading skills. It will also help them to learn to orientate themselves in unfamiliar territories in a calm manner.
Lead your child’s driving habits in the best possible way. Teach by example and integrate tools such as online traffic school and driving courses.