Learning to drive is one of life’s big moments, and although it’s exciting it can come with a lot of stress, too. Some parents help by buying lessons and a car for their kid to practice in, but if this isn’t an option for you, there are still plenty of ways you can help them learn.
Talk to Them
As you’re driving, talk to your kid about what you’re doing and how you’re assessing the road. As they develop their confidence with their own driving, ask them to spot potential hazards as you’re driving along, and talk to you about how they would manage a tricky junction or difficult maneuver. By getting them to think like a driver, you’ll build their confidence and ability.
Find a Safe Space
Even if you can’t help your kid pay for lessons, there should be spots around your area that are safe to drive in for a learner. Whether you choose a quiet neighborhood or an empty car park, let your kid practice simple maneuvers and parking. You can buy temporary insurance for learners for anything between 1 hour and a month, so you don’t need to go through the hassle of changing insurers.
Test the Theory
If your kid has to take a theory test, about the rules and regulations of the road, help them study for this. There are lots of road signs to memorize, so get some printed out on cards and ask them to explain what they mean.