If budget allows, having a professional driving instructor for a few lessons is beneficial, especially for the trickier skills like reverse parking, traffic negotiation and merging!
Tips for choosing the right Instructor
• Ask for recommendations from friends
• Read Google and Facebook reviews on the instructor/driving school.
• Choose an instructor that will prepare a driving plan
• Look for an instructor that has a good driving manner – someone who will make driving fun
• Make sure you learn in a car like what your teenager will be driving and doing their test in
• Don’t choose on price – find the right instructor and ask them to price match
Often this is the hardest part – going from parent to trainer! You don’t want to discourage them or spend the entire time arguing!
The more preparation you do, the more you will enjoy the process.
Re-read the rules – It’s time to jump online and get familiar with any road rules and ensure that you don’t remember them incorrectly! Some new ones have slipped in since you sat for your learners.
Before lesson one, do a 10-minute car maintenance check with your learner.
It’s a good habit from them to start for the get go.
The Service Station is a good place to do this. Use the checklist below as a guide:
Under the bonnet
• Check the Oil level
• Check the Coolant level
• Look over the hoses for any cracking
• Top up the windscreen wiper reservoir
• Check the tyres (including the spare) for any nicks or bulges
• Check the tyre tread
• Check the Tyre pressure
• Teach them some basic car maintenance
• Tyre pressure, how to change a tyre, under bonnet check
• Check that you have a car jack and a wheel brace (and a spare tyre)
Grab a spare pair of L plates and pop them into the glovebox, as well as a first aid kit.
Check your PDS
Look over your car insurance PDS (Product Disclosure Statement)?
Check that you are covered for a learner driver and whether you need to add their name to your policy.
Photo Do’s and Don’ts when your Kids get their L or P license
It’s one of the major milestones that teenagers look forward to and love to document, however many of the photos they upload, share way too much information.
Here are our tips to document the occasion:
✅ Focus on the L plate/P plate and their smile and make it a close up. Document the feeling rather than the surroundings.
❌ Don’t put their license in the photo
If you include car keys, use an old one, not the car they drive
❌ Don’t show the car number plate
❌ Don’t show the house address Further Reading
Enjoy teaching your Teenager and please reach our if you have any questions. Safe driving!
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