Teaching a friend how to drive..
May 2, 2010 4:58pm CST
So, I'm teaching my good friend Rebeka how to drive. She's 19 and has her permit, but NEVER practices driving (despite MY grumbling about it!). I'm wondering if you've ever taught someone how to drive.. How should I go about things? I mean, we just started praticing in empty parking lots.. And she's afraid of driving on the roads! How can I ease her into it? Or make her less afraid?
• Mangalore, India
3 May 10
Hi maezee, It is nice that you have offered to teach your friend to drive. I taught my daughter to drive .One needs a lot of patience and also have to be very watchful.In my case , my daughter already knew the basics but had not ventured out on her own, so it was not all that difficult.I feel that the best way a person can learn to drive is by going by oneself into uncrowded quite roads in the beginning, and slowly go on to more crowded roads ...All the best to you and to Rebeka
• United States
3 May 10
Can you find a road with very little traffic, if so that is where you should start. Continue in the parking lot, backing, turning, parking all the things that need to become automatic to her. Driving is just a lot of repetition.
2 May 10
Wow, you have a huge responsibility! Just be very careful. Starting in parking lots is the best place. Try taking her to some back roads with very little traffic until she gets the hang of it. Next explain to her the importance of blind spots and knowing what is going on around the car, at all times. Tell her that if she can go through the motions, say of parallel parking for example, in her mind, until she has got it right, then once she is behind the wheel she will be able to pull it off like a breeze. What a nice friend you are! I was to help my nieces learn to drive a standard but I chickened out. I just do not want to be in that situation. Practice is a big deal. If your friend wants to get her license and drive successfully, she should be practicing at a minimum of a few times a week, for an hour or so, or more. Since she is so afraid, I would be extra cautious. Don't take her out onto main roads until she is comfortable. Be very very careful. Stay calm, have much patience and praise her when she does well. Good luck to both of you!