Many parents do not take their role in driver’s education for their teen driver seriously. Some parents have even said to me, “That is what you’re for.” It seems that they do not fully grasp how much a student needs to learn and how little time we as instructors have with them. Your roll in your teen’s driver’s education is critical.

Our Role in Your Teen’s Driver’s Education

We spend 30 hours in the classroom introducing students to the concept of driving through lecture, videos, worksheets, and activities. The material covered ranges from the rules of the road to defensive driving. Because your teen’s attitude toward driving is so important, we do our best to help them recognize the risks of driving. We also encourage them to accept the responsibility they are taking on as a licensed driver.

Behind the wheel instruction is provided in three two-hour sessions. Forgive the expression, but this is where “the rubber meets the road”. Our goal is to help your teen connect classroom theory with actual driving experience. Six hours is not a lot of time. So, we make the most of it by following a detailed lesson plan. We help your teen practice skills like parallel parking, the ninety-degree backing maneuver, navigating roundabouts, interacting with traffic and pedestrians, navigating intersections and much more.

Your Role as the Parent

However, this isn’t enough . . . it isn’t nearly enough. You need to spend time practicing with your teen driver. The only way to develop safe driving skills is to practice, practice, practice. Because the time you spend helping your teen practice driving is so important, we encourage you to practice often.

Because this is so important, we provide you with an evaluation sheet at the end of each driver session to help you monitor their progress. This report outlines the skills they need to practice. If your teen does not show it to you after their session, ask them for it. Spend a few moments talking about how it went. When you go driving with your teen, reference the sheet and make sure you are focusing on skills they need to practice.

I often ask student’s how much practice time they have racked up with their parents. To my dismay, many students say little to no time. You must log 50 hours of drive time with 15 hours being at night in order for your teen to take the road test. This requirement is really an absolute bare minimum, so you should practice driving with your teen as much as possible. 

Your role in your teen driver’s education is critical. Helping your teen develop safe driving habits now, will help keep them safe on the road for years to come.

Click here if you need a copy of the official Minnesota teen Supervised Driving Log.

To learn more about teen driver’s education with Today’s Driving School, please visit our website. or call us at (844) 374-8315.

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