Most learner drivers have one thing in common. At some stage or other, they struggle with speed control.
Parents, family, friends and driving instructors have a major role to play when it comes to teaching speed control. Huge damage can be done if we get the message wrong! Being patient is the secret! We must not put our need to hurry and our ‘always running late’ stresses onto our learner drivers.
Nine tips for teaching speed control
- Good speed control is something most new drivers will take a long time to master.
- There is no rush to get your learner “up to speed”. They will be driving faster (maybe too fast) soon enough.
- Pushing them will teach them that it is OK to drive faster than they feel safe!
- Most new drivers start out slowly. Next they drive too fast. Then (after lots of practice) they get it right.
- Make the most of the L’s time. Let your learner hold people up a little rather than rush into something they don’t understand or aren’t ready to do quickly.
- Remember that every time you push them to do something faster, you are reinforcing that it is OK to do things that don’t feel safe!
- Don’t be embarrassed that your learner is “driving too slowly”. Compliment them on driving at a safe speed for their ability! After all, that is why the L plates are there.
- The speed limit is often too fast for many situations and conditions. Let your learner know it is OK to slow down and be safe! Most other drivers drive too fast anyway.
- It is useful to understand that many learner’s have no idea they may need to brake to slow the car down, especially down hill. They expect that lifting their foot off the accelerator will be enough.
Plus the big tip
A learner driver is not ready to get their license until they can independently make their own safe speed choices in all situations!
Be really careful with this. Most young drivers “go for their license” before speed control has become a habit. If they pass, they may never establish good speed sense or control.
It is well worth the effort. Once your learner driver has complete speed control in all situations they are well on their way to becoming a safe driver.
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