Helping Your Young Ones with Driver’s Education

Sarah Lifestyle

Nothing is more daunting than when it is time to teach your young ones how to drive. They are just as nervous as you are. Calmly approaching the event is key to their success. With today’s technology, using a Florida online traffic school, Improv can ease the task of helping your kids learn to be good and safe drivers.

Happy Birthday!

“I want a learner’s permit for my birthday!” You might hear your near 15-year-old say this! Once they complete a Florida online traffic school and pass their Class E Knowledge Exam, the young driver has earned a permit. Improv’s system helps your young one get ready to apply for a learner’s permit.

Before you go with your child to see how much you could save with Costco travel or to complete the application, have the proper forms ready. They will need a Parental Consent Form notarized as well. Your young one will also need proof of his or her coursework (which Improv will electronically send for you!) and documents that prove their identity like their social security card and birth certificate.

Once your child has earned his or her learner’s license for at least one year (or turn 18 – whichever comes first), they may obtain a full Florida license.

Set Some Rules

It is essential to discuss with your young one about your expectations of his or her driving. You should emphasize your safety concerns like not texting while driving. There are smartphone apps that can you can install on the phones that curtail texting and driving. Always tell your young one to pull over someplace out of traffic should they need to be on the phone.

Set a Good Example

Once your young one starts thinking about driving, they are going to be paying close attention to YOUR driving. You should model good behaviors and sensitive driving. It is you that they will be looking to as an example of how to interact with other drivers on the road.

It is also wise to talk through driving situations as you are driving. You should mention things like, “I will need to be taking a right up here, so I should give myself plenty of time to change lanes to prepare for the turn.” It shows the thought process behind driving decisions to your new young driver.

Ready to Drive?

In the beginning, when your child practices driving with you, it is critical that you do the following:

  • Always begin in a large, vacant parking lot with little if no traffic.
  • Make sure all seats, mirrors, and seat belts are adjusted before he or she starts the car.
  • Never allow any other passengers in the car.
  • Keep your left hand available to take the wheel if necessary.
  • Always speak in a steady calm voice.
  • Remind them to keep their eyes on the road.
  • Use “correct” as a confirmation and “right” as a direction.
  • If either of you gets emotional, stop the car immediately.

Be Patient

Even when your young one seems to have a knack for driving, it may take up to five years to reach the skill of an average adult driver. It takes time to learn the nuances of good driving. Young drivers will make mistakes. The important part is that they learn from those mistakes and do not repeat them. You will continue to be a coach with their continued learning as they start to drive independently.

Improv Helps Your Young Ones with Driver’s Education

Improv is here to help with all your online defensive course needs for your young ones. If you want to find out more about what we offer, give us a call at 800-660-8908, or you can chat live with one of our testing experts!