Lesson 4

(Sometimes you have to go backward to go forward.)

Your teen feels comfortable behind the wheel and with the basic operation of the motor vehicle.  In order to demonstrate this skill, have your teen back the car out of the garage.  Many teens fear they will scrape the side of the garage while backing the car out because they are not truly comfortable with the vehicle dimensions.

Safety Tip:  Make sure the garage door is all the way up!

You are now ready to take your teen on the road and put to use some of the skills they have learned.  This lesson should be performed in a small neighborhood where there is minimal vehicle and foot traffic.

For the first time they may encounter another moving vehicle or a vehicle parked at the side of the road.  Try to remember the anxiety you felt the first time you approached an oncoming vehicle.  It is imperative the teen have a “feel” for the dimensions of their car.

Practice defensive driving.  Teach your teen to anticipate probable problem situations.  For example, scan the sides of the road for small children that may dart onto the road.   Anticipate that a parked car may suddenly pull out in front of you from the side of the road.

Turning is much different on the road from an empty parking lot.  Practice making turns at an intersection both from a stop and while moving.  Many teens struggle with gauging when to start turning, applying brake pressure and accelerating out of a turn.  Again, finish the lesson with your teen acting as the instructor.

Lesson #4

(Neighborhood with minimal traffic)

Orientation

(15 Minutes)

Grade

(A, B, C)

Comments, Praise   and

Areas of   Improvement

 

 

Review   Previous Lesson

  
 

 

Safety   Check

  
 

 

Discuss   Today’s Lesson

  

Driving Experience

( 1 Hour)

Grade

(A, B, C)

Comments, Praise   and

Areas of   Improvement

Introduce   New Skill:

 

Garage   Parking

  
 

 

Backing   Out of Garage

  
 

 

Parking   in Garage

  
 

 

Backing   Down Driveway

  
Introduce   New Skill:

 

Driving   in Neighborhood

  
Approaching   an Intersection  
 

 

Passing   a Parked Car

  
 

 

Oncoming   Car

  
 

 

Turning   a Corner

  

Review

(15 Minutes)

 

Comments, Praise   and

Areas of   Improvement

 

 

Garage   Parking

  
 

 

Neighborhood   Driving

  
 

 

Parking

  

Call us at 215-885-2200 for more tips for the Parents of Teen Drivers. Check out our Parent of Teen Driver Website.

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