If your teenager is getting ready to drive, now is the best time to book their first driving lesson.
A professional trainer can make the process easier, is qualified to teach others, and has the patience and understanding needed to set the foundations of good driving habits.
While some parents may opt for a lesson or two just before their teen takes their driving test, having professional lessons earlier can ensure teens start with up-to-date information and a positive experience.
According to Allianz Australia, new drivers are 33 times more likely to be involved in an accident than learner drivers. Lack of experience, limited judgement, underestimation of risks and risk-taking behaviour, including alcohol and drugs, are the biggest issues.
To help your teenager stay safe behind the wheel, here’s why you should consider professional tuition from their first driving session.
Avoid Teaching Bad Habits
Some parents may consider it their duty to teach their children to drive. However, while you may consider yourself a good driver you may also have picked up some bad habits over time.
Keeping a consistent eye on the rear vision mirror, staying within the speed limits and signalling correctly are important to model to your teen, whether taking manual driving lessons or automatic driving lessons.
Knowing how to explain the subtleties of reverse parallel parking, hook turns and three-point turns, and where they can be legally performed may not be your forte.
In addition, one recent survey reported young drivers were copying their parent’s mistakes with up to 70% participating in potentially dangerous activities.
These included eating behind the wheel (47%), sending texts (28%) and answering calls without hands-free devices (27%).
Fortunately, poor driving habits can be addressed with professional instruction and reminders about not driving tired, using a phone while stopped at lights, speeding, running red lights or driving without a seatbelt, among other bad habits.
As parents of teenagers know, some advice may carry more weight when it comes from anyone else except them!
Safer Start for Future Driving
After years of driving, some parents simply may not have the patience to deal with a learner driver.
If you want a safe start to your teen’s driving education our driving instructors are accredited to teach critical driving skills. Defensive driving courses are suitable for learner license holders with or without experience.
Confidence and experience are important for all new drivers. Some teenagers will want lessons to boost their confidence and skills, while others may lose interest after one or two or are too nervous to take their first lesson.
Our qualified trainers understand these issues and will teach your teenager at a comfortable pace.
Book a Minimum of 3 Lessons
Whether the first-time driving is with an instructor or parent, it’s recommended to book a minimum of three professional driving lessons.
Even after completing the 50 hours required (in WA) to sit the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) and achieving a probationary licence (Ps), we encourage new drivers to continue with tuition.
The first six months after getting a licence can be the most vulnerable on the road.
A minimum of three lessons will help to ensure your teenager remains safe on the roads and continues to practice good driving techniques.
Benefit from a Free Keys2Drive Lesson
Keys2Drive is an Australian Government-funded free one hour driving lesson for learner drivers and their parents with an accredited instructor.
The session introduces a practical approach to learning driving skills with advice on how to practice and what to aim for.
This benefits both the new driver and their parents. The free lesson is for anyone on their L Plates, together with their parent/supervisor (the supervisor is the fully licensed driver who usually accompanies the learner when they drive).
Find out more about the Keys 2 Drive free driving lesson at Eclipse.