By Roni Davis
Learning to utilize and manage money isn’t easy. It’s a lot like learning to drive an actual car — it requires patience and practice, and there’s definitely a chance of getting into a fender-bender. With that in mind, the following was written by an MV blog contributor, Roni Davis, and it’s focused on learning to drive an actual car.
But as you read it, consider this: What lessons apply to driving a Money Vehicle, too? Give this thought experiment a try….
Learning to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience for both the teacher and the student.
As a parent, it’s natural to have concerns about your student’s safety on the road, and you may also be worried about how they’ll handle the stress and anxiety that can come with the responsibility of driving. However, there are things that you can do to help students feel more confident and comfortable behind the wheel.
Be patient and understanding
One of the most important things you can do is to be patient and understanding. Student drivers may be nervous or anxious about driving, and it’s important to remember that this is normal. Try to avoid getting frustrated or angry with them if they make mistakes or seem hesitant while driving. Instead, provide them with positive reinforcement and encouragement.
Give your student driver plenty of practice
Another important thing you can do is to give the student plenty of practice. The more time they spend behind the wheel, the more comfortable and confident they’ll become. Try to schedule regular driving sessions with your student and find quiet, low-traffic areas where they can practice.
Prepare your child for potential hazards
When discussing potential hazards with your student, it’s important to cover a variety of topics such as the actions of other drivers, poor weather conditions, and potential car malfunctions. By sharing your own experience and knowledge of safety, rules, and regulations with the new driver, you can give them a better understanding of what to expect on the road. This can help to alleviate some of their anxieties and make them feel more prepared for their driving experience.
It’s important to remember that this conversation should be ongoing, and you should continue to have regular discussions with your student about road safety and potential hazards as they gain more experience behind the wheel. This will help them stay alert and stay safe on the road.
Consider professional driving lessons
Professional driving instructors have the experience and training to help your student overcome any nervousness or anxiety they may have about driving and can provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to be safe on the road.
Teach the student how to handle high-stress situations
Discussing how to react to unexpected events can help your student feel more prepared and less anxious on the road. For example, if your student knows what to do in the event of a flat tire, they’ll be less likely to panic if it happens to them.
When teaching a new driver how to react to unexpected events, it’s important to make sure they understand the importance of staying calm and composed. You can practice these scenarios in a calmer and safer environment such as a parking lot or empty roads. By simulating these situations in a controlled environment, they can practice the correct response and make mistakes without the added stress of actual traffic.
Be a good role model
It is also important to demonstrate safe and responsible driving habits. These include following traffic laws and signals, maintaining a safe following distance, using turn signals, and avoiding distractions while driving. Let them know the importance of staying alert and aware of the road at all times, and encourage them to pay attention to the road conditions, weather, other drivers, and pedestrians.
Demonstrating and encouraging these safe driving habits will not only keep your students and other drivers safe, but it will also help them establish good habits that will serve them well throughout their driving careers.
Remember every child is different
Be patient and understanding, and remember that the goal is to help a brand-new driver become a safe and responsible driver. Every person is different and will progress at their own pace when it comes to learning to drive.
Roni Davis is a writer, blogger, and legal assistant operating out of the greater Philadelphia area. She writes for a divorce lawyer in Philadelphia
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