Driving Instructors: Better Than An Empty Parking Lot

By: Julia Cleanthous
On any given Sunday morning, in the empty parking lot of a department store, you are sure to find an uncertain car with a teenager at the wheel and a very nervous parent as passenger. Learning to drive is a time-honoured tradition and represents a transition from child to young adult. Though many parents may dread the day that their child comes up to them dangling the keys and begging for lessons, they eventually give in and teach their child how to drive. However, this act may not be the smartest or even the safest.Using a driving instructor is a helpful way to teach teenagers to drive in a structured and safe environment. And while parents mean well and truly want their children to learn properly, driving instructors will not pass on bad habits to the teenager that parents may do absent-mindedly.

Driving instructors are highly trained and understand how to teach the skills needed to ensure that the teenager or any new driver can pass the driving test and maintain safe habits throughout their driving careers.Driving schools and instructors often have their own cars that will be used to teach the student. At the end of the course, the student will use this car on the driving test. The instructorÕs car will be very well maintained and will pass the stringent requirements for the car in order to be used in the actual test. This will benefit the student since being at ease and comfortable with the vehicle will make it far easier to pass the test.The instructors begin at the basics when teaching a new student. They start with the car, making sure the student is familiarized with basic driving features and engine components. Once this is done, such skills as braking smoothly, turning, parking and reversing are explored. The instructor will determine when the student is ready for more advanced skills and will work with the student at their own pace until all the skills are honed. Driving instructors understand all the nuances and laws of the road and can easily communicate them to the student in such a manner as to be easily understood.Unlike parents or other would-be instructors, a trained and professional driving instructor has the ability to teach the skills that students will need not only to simply pass the test, but to maintain safe driving behaviour and habits once out on the road alone.

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