DRIVE TEST TRAINING GUIDES
The CA DMV Driving Test Criteria
Parent-Teen Training Guide (DL 603)
Starting driving is a very exciting time of a teens life. When you start driving its like your dreams are starting to become a reality, you are one step closer to freely go where and when you want without tying someone else in your own plans. It gives you a sense of relief, not feeling guilty of being a burden on someone else.
I would argue that the first step tolerant how to drive is to pay attention to the way your parents drive by observation. Seeing how they take turns, do they decelerate then accelerate, use the brake to slow down then press the gas right away? Or do they coast (letting the car roll by not pressing any peddle) before applying the brake peddle? How can you tell if they are pressing the brake peddle or the gas peddle? How do they turn the steering wheel, and where are they looking. These are some of the things you want to think about as you are sitting in the passenger seat.
I became aware of the importance of observation in accelerating learning how to drive about 6 years ago. When I was training a student on his first lesson. He picked up the driving skills so fast about three times quicker compared to other students starting to learn how to drive. So I probed him and asked if had ever driven a vehicle before his first lesson. He said “No”, but he said that he carefully observed how his parents drove. From that time I became aware of the importance of observation in accelerating the skill level.
My advise to students who are about to start their driving lessons, to help you learn at a faster pace, start watching how your parents drive.