How to Teach People How to Drive

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How to Teach People How to Drive
Thorough education is vital to proper driving. (driving 4 image by Andrzej Borowicz from

Driving is a privilege that many take for granted. Adults of all ages routinely drive to work, the grocery store and appointments with ease and agility. The thought of teaching another person to drive, though, may be intimidating. Driving is a huge responsibility, and proper driver education is vital to maintaining safe roads. Instructors can use one of several methods when teaching another person how to drive safely in a variety of situations.

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    Read a book together about driving basics. For state-specific rules and tips, pick up a copy of your state's driving manual from your local Department of Motor Vehicles. Some state manuals are also available online.

    For a more general view of driving basics, including confidence-building techniques, select an educational book on driving from a bookstore. Read each chapter out loud to the person you are teaching, and ask questions to make sure he is absorbing the material.

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    Watch a movie on driving together. Select a driver education video to watch that demonstrates basic driving techniques, such as how to use a turn signal and how to start a car. Once your student is comfortable with the idea of driving, watch a few video clips of driving scenes from popular movies and discuss how the characters are driving. Ask the student questions such as "Did he signal properly before changing lanes?" or "What good driving techniques did this character use?"

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    Answer practice driving test questions together. Your student will be required to take a test before she receives a driving permit or license. Review an online driving test together and answer the questions one by one. If your student struggles with a certain area, take a few minutes to discuss the question and the right answer.

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    Practice driving together. Some states require that students log a certain number of hours driving with a parent or companion over age 18 before being eligible to receive a driver's license. Drive with your student in a variety of settings, such as through an intersection, on a country road and in a car park. If your student becomes nervous or anxious, offer helpful reminders of the driving rules you taught. Allow your student to take a break from driving if he becomes overwhelmed, but encourage him to get back on the road quickly to continue practice driving.

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