Parents often feel they should only teach their teenager how to drive when the roads are dry and conditions are ideal. The truth is that when a teenager has a license, he or she will likely have to drive in a variety of weather conditions. Take the opportunity to prepare your teenaged driver by providing him or her lessons in the winter months. It is important for all drivers to know how to handle a vehicle in adverse weather. Consider the following tips.
Start with Minor Snow
It is best to take a teenaged driver out for a lesson when the winter conditions are only minor. Skip the lesson if a blizzard is raging. Also, go out during daylight hours for the first few winter driving lessons. The goal is to slowly introduce him or her to driving in snow and ice.
One of the major differences between driving on dry roads and driving on snowy or icy roads is how the vehicle slows and stops. Therefore, it is important to introduce your new driver to braking on winter roads. Have him or her gently test the brakes. Consider practicing in an empty parking lot or other open area. Discuss how important it is to allow extra distance between cars when traveling in the snow. Rear-end collisions are more likely. Explain what the anti-lock brakes feel like and that it is important to continually press down on the brake while the anti-lock brakes are working. If possible give him or her the opportunity to safely experience the feel of the anti-lock brakes.
Discuss Appropriate Braking
Explain that when making a turn on an icy road, it is important to not apply the brakes because the car may start to slide. Instead brake prior to starting the turn and then use the gas during the turn. Have your teen driver practice this skill.
Emphasize the Importance of Extra Time
It’s important to allow extra time when driving in winter conditions. First, take the necessary time to properly clear the snow off the car. Completely clear windows, mirrors and lights before departing. In addition, travel will be at slower speeds, so the amount of time it takes to get to the destination will be longer. Be sure to express how important both of these items are to your teenage driver.
If you are teaching your child to drive, it is important that you prepare him or her for all weather conditions they will face on the road. Realize that although you may not want him or her to drive in the snow until they are older, storms sometimes pop up. You want your child ready for any situation he or she encounters when behind the wheel.
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