How to teach an adult beginner how to drive?
May 19, 2012 5:26 PM Subscribe
What's the best way for me to teach a beginner how to drive?
posted by schmichael to Grab Bag (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been giving lessons to an adult beginner driver. I'm not a professional instructor, though I have held my license for a while and consider myself an experienced and highly conscientious driver. He works at a university physics department, and comes from a country where car ownership is very uncommon. He has had little experience, and is quite nervous, though he is sensible.
He owns an automatic transmission car. So far we've had three lessons, the first two in a quiet patch of city streets, the third out in the countryside on long roads. Understandably, he's a bit nervous, and hasn't got the feel yet for smooth turning, holding the car at a steady speed, or slowing down and pulling over or making sharp turns. The driving lessons have been okay, although today on the open road (although I kept him at a very modest speed) I had to reach over a few times to correct his steering when he seemed to be failing to take a corner.
This has left me a little apprehensive. After all, many professional instructors teach with cars with double controls to prevent accidents. I am of course not interested in being involved in a crash. But I am otherwise enjoying teaching him and would like to continue if possible. What options do I have to help him and stay safe? Of course, referring him to a professional instructor is one possibility. Another thing I thought of, which I recommended to him, is that he borrows a Playstation off a friend and rents a driving wheel and Gran Turismo. I think some time with a driving game might actually help. Any other ideas? Looking for anything, from specific tips for helping someone learn to more general suggestions. Thanks in advance.