Tips on teaching your learner to drive
If you've got a learner on your car insurance, there some things you should think about that could help make the process less painful or expensive:
- Safety first. Learning to drive is a stressful experience for everyone, so give your L-plater one less thing to worry about by making sure your car is in tip-top condition. If it's due for a service, book it in straight away. Replace any old or worn tyres and make sure everything inside and out is in good working order.
- Brush up on your road rules. Are you completely up to date with the requirements on indicating on roundabouts? How about turning right at traffic lights when there's no green arrow? It's pretty easy to pick up some bad habits over a lifetime of driving, so it might be worth giving yourself a little refresher to make sure you teach your learner to do things the right way.
- Manual vs. automatic. If you get a choice between training your learner on manual or automatic transmission, remember that a driver who has obtained their P1 licence on an automatic can't legally drive a manual until they have their P2 licence.
- Consider a driving school. Teaching a learner driver can be a trial - especially if they're your child! An accredited driving school may require some financial investment, but could be worth it in the long run.
- Find the right learning environment. If your learner is new to driving, don't throw them out onto busy city streets right away. Search for quieter streets in suburban areas or even deserted car parks to practice some of the trickier parts of driving.