In recent years, statistics show that over 5,000 teens per year are involved in fatal accidents, in the United States. Some of these accidents are as simple as lack of driving experience to quick access to full driving privileges at an early age, some of these collisions are life changing or results in death. However,to reduce the numbers of fatalities, we must coach our youth/children to be a safe driver.
The first step as your child's trainer/coach, is to let the child show "initiative in driving". Indeed, this is important because your teen might not have an interest in driving; when you(as the parent/adult) thinking they should be learning to drive. Await, on your child to show an interest in learning how to drive,this is one of the most important steps. I started teaching my little cousin, who lacks self confidence, how to drive when he was 17-years-old.
I wanted my younger cousin to be aware of his surroundings, confident behind the wheel, while he was driving. Therefore, I wanted to start him off slow, by learning the "vehicle itself" first. We discuss the three mirrors up front, "seat belts, airbags, tire inflation and inspection'. I explain the function of each item in the car such as; warning lights, fueling up the tank, and checking fluids and as I explained he asked questions to show he understood. As his coach I wanted to guide him, so I also asked him questions like, "What's the first thing you do when you get in a car?" So, he feels involved in his learning exprience and not belittle or baffle.
Once he becomes comfortable with the information he received, I continue the lesson by showing him basic skills of driving a car. We begin with "starting and stoping the engine, turning on and off the headlights, windshield wipers, various lights on the dashboard". After he completes these steps successfully, we continue by checking the oil and the tires pressure. In Wayne Parker's article, he says, you...