It’s not uncommon for your mum or dad to help you out when it comes to learning to drive, but it’s also not uncommon for that experience to end in tears or an argument…
To use your time with them effectively and improve your driving your private practice, it’s important that you both know how to handle your time together whilst you’re behind the wheel.
So, we’ve penned an open letter for accompanying drivers including mums, dads, family members, family friends, so your private practice can run as smoothly as possible.
Dear Mum, Dad, Auntie, Uncle, Family friend
First of all thank you. Thank you for helping me with my driving when you’re under no official obligation to and enduring it even though it probably terrifies you. Bonus points if you’re letting me practice in your own car. I appreciate everything.
That being said… There are a few things you could keep in mind to help us both keep our sanity.
Step 1) Keeping the cool
You must understand that it it’s been while since you learnt to drive and you have been doing so for a very long time, I have definitely not. By accepting responsibility of being my part time driving teacher, you must agree to keep calm and I in return, promise to keep (remotely) calm. If it helps, try to think back to when you was learning to drive.
Step 2) Let’s not be too ambitious
If I’ve only just learned how to change gears, I won’t want to be racing to the first dual carriageway that I can find. I only want to practice what I’ve learnt in my lessons, from, you know, the qualified driving instructor.
Step 3) Listen to my instructor
Speaking of the qualified driving instructor, you should probably keep in contact with them. Just a quick update to see what I’ve covered and what I need more practice on. Remember, I love you, but they are the expert in this field!
Step 4) Do your research!
I’m not saying you don’t know how to drive… I’m just letting you know that things may have changed since you took your driving test, so it’s probably a clever idea to flick through a copy of the highway code before going out on a drive with me or maybe visiting the .gov website so you can find out what exactly goes down in a driving test so you can help me prepare!
Step 5) If I make a mistake, let me know.
You don’t need to make comments about every little thing, but if I’m making a mistake that is potentially dangerous, please tell me straight away. Not only for the good of my driving test, but the good of my safety.
Step 6) Make it fun!
This is a new and exciting experience where I get my first taste of freedom and I will only be doing it once in my life (hopefully). So, when it takes me 15 minutes to parallel park or I stall once (or 5 times) lets just laugh it off and enjoy it!
Private practice is a great way to gain some confidence in the run up to your driving test and can also prepare you for it comes to driving on the roads independently.
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