Teaching Someone How to Drive

Learning to drive can be daunting for anyone. As the teacher, you have the responsibility of not only helping the person you are teaching pass their driving test but also ensuring they gain the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the roads safely. If you are teaching your child or a friend to drive, being prepared and knowing what to expect can make the process more effective.


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Steps For Teaching Someone How To Drive

Before You Begin

Before you and your student get in the car, make sure that you have the legal requirements necessary to teach someone to drive. In most cases, you must hold a driver’s license for at least two years. It is also important to ensure that your auto insurance policy is current and covers learner drivers. If you are not sure what your auto insurance policy covers, talk to your auto insurance agent.

Making a Lesson Plan

To make sure that the person you are teaching is prepared to handle different situations, it is a good idea to sit down and make a lesson plan. For someone who is new to driving, there is a lot of information to absorb, so keep lessons brief and focus on one or two skills at a time. Some things to cover in your lessons include:

  • Information about the car itself, including what the mirrors are for and how to adjust them, lights, blinkers, controls and diagnostics
  • Rules about changing lanes, turning on red and determining right-of-way
  • How to be a courteous driver and what to do if pulled over by law enforcement
  • Driving in large, empty parking lots or quiet, low-traffic streets to get a feel for the car
  • Driving at higher speeds on the highway and learning to merge into lanes
  • Driving on steep hills or in bad weather, such as heavy rain or high wind

Things to Keep in Mind

As the learner is driving, encourage them to narrate what they are doing as they drive and how they are avoiding potential risks. Early on, it may be helpful to ask the driver questions about how they will handle upcoming situations such as a lane ending or how to turn left at a green light.

Throughout the lesson, it is important to monitor the new driver’s reactions. If they are gripping the wheel tightly, holding their breath or breathing heavily, are wide-eyed or become irritable, that may be a sign that it is time to take a break.

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