Many parents choose to engage a professional driving instructor for the first few lessons to get the basics right. Ask the instructor if you can accompany your child on their first few driving lessons. Sitting in on these early lessons with a professional instructor will help you to be familiar with the methods the professionals use and allow you to encourage similar driving behaviours in your own driving lessons with your child. Time spent with your child should be less stressful and progress more smoothly if the coaching you provide is consistent with that of their professional driving instructor.
It also helps to familiarise your child with the car they’ll be using to learn to drive. While in a stationary position, make sure the car is in neutral or park and the handbrake is firmly applied.
Next, get them to practice using all the controls, including:
- starting the engine
- using the indicators and wipers
- adjusting the seat so they can comfortably reach the pedals and steering wheel
- setting the mirrors to minimise blind spots
- turning lights on and using the high beam.
The more familiar they are with the controls inside the car, the easier and safer those early practice sessions will be.