Our goal is to make this process an enjoyable one for both the parents and the student. We can
personally work with parents by phone or in person to guide you through the process, and
possibly some of the frustration that comes with teaching students safe driving practices. Our
passion is teaching your student to the best defensive driver they can be, and the tools they
need to stay alive in a car. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have to
make your driving experience with your child a pleasant one.
Patience is a Virtue
As you begin your driving practice together, it is important to start slowly:
• Be careful to choose a good time do drive. The time of day is important, the day of the week,
and the routes you choose.
• Before you start the engine, have your new driver, position the seat comfortably-Adjust the
mirrors-Fasten your seatbelts.
• Automatic transmission vehicle are much easier to drive. Make sure, the student feels comfortable
with brake and gas pedal first. That they can execute left and right turns from the right position.
• Try your hardest to be patience, and understanding, Keep a calm voice. If you become stressed
or angry, it will only frustrate the driver. At this point the learning process ends. Stop driving
and try again another time.
• Be selective in the terminology you use while giving instruction. If you tell a driver to go straight,
they will, right through the stop sign. Your slow down, and there slow down mean two different
things. Instead of yelling stop, say “brake gently.” They may confuse you saying “right” to turn
right. If they do something right say “correct.”
• Give directions in plenty of time for the driver to understand where you want them to go.
Remember, the key is no panicking.
• When giving directions be sure to use street names, so that your student can begin to remember
how to navigate through town, once he or she is on their own.
• Don’t put your driver in a situation they can’t handle.
- When you first start driving with your child you will give them direction on what to do, right of ways, and pointing out dangers. Your child will ask for help and we certainly want you to guide them. After a few weeks of practice and your child ask for help, your response should be, I don’t know, should you!!!! Begin to get them to think for themselves and make confident decisions for themselves. They need to be able to rely on good decision making.
- Practice makes perfect!!!!! Please change your route on the way to the store, school and practice. Constantly challenging them. They should be driving everyday, and should be ready for a second lesson in approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
- We will ask your child to shoulder check anytime they make a lateral movement. We teach our students to shoulder check anytime they turn on the blinker. This is difficult for any new driver and will take time. It is an important skill to practice, for passing the drive test at DMV and for everyday defensive driving.
In Case of an Emergency
• Be prepared to grab the wheel if necessary
• Remember if you turn off the ignition, you will lock up the steering wheel on most vehicles,
• It they take a turn to fast, you can shift the car into neutral and use the emergency parking brake.
• The most important key is to see the hazard or notice the panic before it happens.
Important Tips while teaching your child how to drive:
When you first start driving with your child you will give verbal directions and help them make decisions. This is an important step because they have not developed the skill to drive the car and multi task with making safe decisions. After driving for 2 or 3 weeks, it is important, that you allow them to make decisions on their own. If your students ask you a question like: Is it my turn? or should I go. I want your response to be “I don’t know. This will shift the decision making over to the student and allow them to think for themselves. The next step is to give the student directions by street name, rather then stop light or stop sign. The students needs to learn their sense of direction, and know the street names. At this point a great driving tip is to ask your student to talk out loud in the car, and explain everything going on around them. What color is the next light? What color is the car behind them? What is the speed limit? etc….. This will help them to focus 3 seconds ahead and increase their perception and reaction time. For more Driving tips, be sure to like us on Facebook.