Spring/Summer is Coming!
We made it through winter and I hope everyone had a safe and accident free driving experience. The snow has thawed, the ice has melted, and we are all ready to drive with the windows down blasting our favorite music. This includes our new drivers as well. And what better way to make sure they drive safe then by making sure they are fully prepared behind the wheel.
Beautiful weather can also bring increased traffic, along with more distractions. Make sure everyone is prepared with our book, “What Teenage Drivers Don’t Know – The Unwritten Rules of the Road”. Buy the book today!
“John Harmata and Paul Zientarski’s book, “What Teenage Drivers Don’t Know”, is a phenomenal resource for driver education students and their parents. The topics covered in this book share life lessons about the unwritten rules of driving. Teens and parents alike will surely benefit from the entertaining and engaging information that this easy to read book presents. “
Wayne Hartmann – Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville Illinois
How Parents Can Use the Book
This book is not meant to replace any of the States’ “Rules of the Road” print material or online information. Rather, this book should be used as a supplement to that which is currently available.
As a parent who has been through the daily worry and headaches of teaching two teenage drivers the do’s and don’ts regarding driving technique I gladly share these things with you. Teaching my children at an early age has given me peace of mind knowing that I have done everything possible before handing over the keys to my son and daughter.
Questions and Answers
- When do I start teaching my child how to drive? I believe it is never too soon to start teaching your child to drive. Freshman year of high school is when I began teaching mine.
Here is a brief suggestive outline approach for teaching your kids about driving:
- Familiarize your child with the car they will most likely be driving when they receive their drivers permit or license. You can start by explaining what the warning lights mean.
- Show them when and how to add air into the tires and check the oil.
- Teach them how to adjust the mirrors and seats.
- Show them where the windshield wiper fluid goes and what type to use.
- Create an emergency call list and place it in the glove compartment.
- Explain to them the importance of keeping their windows clean at all times.
- Once they become familiar with the vehicle, what next?
- Place them in the driver’s seat and show them how to turn the car on and off.
- Show and explain to them the differences between drive positions and when each one should be used.
- Help them to change a tire in case they should ever need to. Let them do all the work while you supervise.
3. How do I go about explaining to my child traffic signs and signals, making turns, parking and navigating through everyday traffic without them actually being behind the wheel?
- During your everyday drives with your child in the vehicle you can point out to them, the dangers and what to watch for on the roadways and in parking lots.
- Look through the book on how to navigate through turns, parking lots, etc. and use the information as a teaching guide.
- I have trouble myself when driving in bad weather. How can I keep my attention on my driving while trying to explain to my child how to drive in such weather?
- Drive a ways first. Then pull off the road to a safe place and explain to your child the difficulties that they are likely to encounter.
- On bad snow days start at home by clearing all your windows of snow, explaining why they too need to.
- On stormy days teach them to look out for large puddles which may be hiding pot holes and about high standing water. Take them to an area where this is very evident.
5. I rarely take the highway during my daily routine. Any suggestions?
- Take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon field trip on the highways in your area.
- Show them how to enter and exit the highway properly.
- Explain why you should not follow behind certain types of trucks (those hauling dirt, gravel, auto’s etc.)
- Explain to them about keeping a safe distance behind other vehicles, how and when to pass.
- I’ve never been to traffic court. How do I prepare my child in the event they should need to appear before a judge?
- Take your child on a field trip to traffic court and observe courtroom procedures. Look through the last chapter in the book for what to expect in traffic court. I would encourage bringing them to more than one courtroom.
Following each trip give your child an oral exam. Make the questions simple and not complicated. After having done this several times you can then ask them what they would do in certain situations. When the answers seam to roll off the tips of their tongues you know that you are doing your job in better preparing them for learning how to drive.
Do this at regular intervals and your child will have a head start on developing good driving habits and skills, while also teaching them to watch for the unexpected.