Handling New Driver Anxiety
It’s nobody’s idea of a good time to sit in the passenger seat as your child learns how to drive – believe us, we’ve been there. But, try as you might, you can’t will a second set of brakes into existence on the passenger side. So we’re here to help you out with some tips for parents of new drivers, and we hope that this information will help you cope at least a little bit. Trust us, it seems tough now, but then they actually learn how to drive and you go back to wishing they were still learning because then they’d have a reason to spend time with you…. Anyway. Moving on!
Our first piece of advice is to always take deep breaths. Sure, you’re stressed, but try to calm down a little bit. It’s always harder to coach your kid if you’re feeling anxious yourself. Remember how scared you were when you were learning how to drive? That’s how they feel! So be a beacon of calm in the New Driver Storm and you’re one step closer to having a kid who can drive.
We also advise that you brush up on your driving skills before offering advice to someone who’s new behind the wheel. Sure, you can tell them to use their turn signals until you turn blue, but what happens when they see you turning without indicating it first? Lesson one, down the drain. So, follow your own advice for a bit – it might make you a better teacher, and you’ll definitely come out of the experience a better driver than before.
Don’t yell or press the imaginary brakes. Or grab onto the handle. We know that it’s hard not to do these things, because the whole experience is just crazy. Your kid! Is driving! You remember when they were a tiny baby who couldn’t even change their own diaper! Now they’re expected to be able to pilot a 2,000-pound killing machine? The answer to this is yes. If you want them to be independent, this is something they have to learn! You should try to give them the best experience possible. Maybe if you’re a little jittery, take your kid somewhere safe without a lot of traffic to practice. We recommend a cemetery – there are lots of turns in the road, places to practice stopping on hills, and nobody’s likely to bother you too much.
We hope this advice has been helpful! Remember, stay calm – you’re teaching the future drivers of this world! And when it’s time for them to get their own car, why not check out what Sid Dillon has to offer?