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The most IMPORTANT part of driver's education is the Mentor.
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The most important part of driver education is the Mentor (normally a parent). Perry Hall Driving School requires the mentor to attend the first session (1 ½ hour) with the new student. During this class the program will be explained in detail to the mentor and student. Did you know that injuries and deaths behind the wheel drop dramatically when parents/mentors get directly involved in their young driver’s training? It is true!!
Studies have found that it takes about five years for a new driver to have skills of an “average” driver. When you are helping a rookie driver you must remember that even though he or she may show excellent skill in the physical control of an auto, the most difficult aspect of “safe driving” is the proper use of one’s eyes plus the ability to think ahead, predicting all of the possible moves of the traffic around them. “Remember”, your wisdom and guidance as an experienced driver is very crucial, especially “after” your new driver is licensed.
“We” are all aiming for the same goal, keeping your new driver safely on the road
Controlling your emotions is a goal you want to learn. A new driver will be nervous and “surprise”…so will their mentor. Teaching someone to drive works best if both parties remain “calm”, which may be easier said than done. Hopefully some of these hints will be helpful to you:
Some hints to bear in mind:
- Planning, patience and a positive attitude. Repeat these words to yourself before heading out on the road and be sure to follow them. Plan specific skills you want your new driver to work on before each session, be patient as he makes mistakes and learns from them, and maintain a positive attitude in the car. Perhaps in the beginning limit your driving sessions to an hour or less.
- People’s learning curves are a lot different. Someone who learns a lot slower or doesn’t have as much natural ability can still be as successful as someone with a lot of natural ability. They just might take a little longer to learn. Positive reinforcement is so important. People have a tendency to push young drivers too hard, too fast. Remember to put them in a situation that doesn’t put them at risk from a confidence level. Of course the new driver is going to make mistakes. The key here is how you help them learn from those mistakes. Remember, you’re trying to build confidence. Yelling that they’re going to kill you isn’t exactly going to help! Rather than say you did this wrong or that wrong, try saying, Well, that was all right, but let’s try something different in that situation.
- Beyond this type of training, it is best to leave it up to our professional instructors. After the six hours with us, you will see how improved your rookie driver will become and then keep working on the skills your new driver has progressed to. Remember a rookie driver must log a minimum of 60 hours of practice driving in the Maryland Skills Log and Practice Guide provided to you by the MVA at the time of getting the new driver his learner’s permit. The mentor must be a qualified licensed driver (someone who has at least 3 years experienced and is at least 21 years of age). The new driver must have the learners permit a minimum of 9 months before going to take their driving test. Also, consider getting a rookie sticker for the new driver. More information can by found by clicking here
Want to learn more about auto safety for your teen? Check out this site:
Teaching Teens About Auto Safety