Teaching a learner how to drive can be stressful, but if you know what you’re doing, it can be a very rewarding experience. You’re not just teaching someone how to get their licence — you’re essentially setting them up for a whole lifetime of road safety and enjoyable journeys.
At Mantello Kia Roxburgh Park, we love nothing more than helping our customers. Whether it’s ideas of where to visit in Victoria or how to maintain your car battery, we know that sharing our expertise and support is always appreciated.
So, if you’re teaching a learner to drive, just remember these three things to make sure the experience is as rewarding as possible for everyone involved.
1. Avoid making lessons too long
When you’re an experienced driver, you can take for granted how tiring it can be to learn to drive. There are so many new things to absorb – from which pedal is which to which mirrors to check and when – the list is endless.
Whether you’re teaching someone young or old, try to keep lessons to about 30 minutes. When driving lessons start to creep up to an hour, learners (and teachers) tend to have less patience and more mistakes happen.
2. Consider different driving experiences
Whether you’re teaching someone to drive in an SUV or a hatchback, it’s important to include a wide variety of driving situations in your lessons.
Remember that when the learner passes their test, they’re not just going to drive on quiet streets around their home. They’ll benefit from driving at night, on different road surfaces, in different weather conditions and in a variety of driving conditions.
If you’re teaching someone to drive, you want them to be as equipped as possible for the real word so that they’re not alarmed when they go it alone.
3. Check that you’re legally able to teach
Whether you’re teaching a friend, a sibling or one of your children, it’s so important to make sure you’re legally in a position to do so. That means you must be over the age of 25, be qualified to drive the car you’re teaching in (e.g. manual or automatic), have had your licence for over three years and meet the minimum eyesight standards.
While you’re checking whether or not you are legally able to teach someone to drive, make sure they meet their requirements too. They must be at least 17 years old, have a provisional licence and hold an insurance policy that covers learner drivers.
When you’re teaching someone to drive, it can be testing at times, but remember — we were all a learner once!
If you’re teaching your son or daughter how to drive and they’re looking for a starter car, why not come and take a look at Mantello Kia’s modern showroom? We have a huge range of new and used vehicles on offer and can answer any questions you may have.