Driving instructor Anat McDonald says the keys2drive progam is a great lesson for parents teaching their children.
Driving instructor Anat McDonald says the keys2drive progam is a great lesson for parents teaching their children. JOCELYN WATTS

Learning to teach kids to drive

MORE than 80 Fraser Coast parents and supervisors have learnt how to better teach their charges to drive after having a free hour-long lesson with a driving instructor.

Prince Driving School instructor Anat McDonald said parents were a lot more involved with teaching their children to drive than in the past due to the introduction of a log book and 100 hours of practice.

“It’s crucial for parents to know how to supervise the kids,” she said.

Ms McDonald said common mistakes parents made were helping their children too much by telling them what to do and not being up to date with the road rules.

“The students don’t learn how to do it themselves,” she said.

“They’re being told: ‘You do that because I said so.’

“When they come to drive solo they’re unprepared.

“Don’t tell them what to do; let them do it themselves and then correct them.”

She said during the keys2drive lesson, funded by the Federal Government, the learner sat in the driver’s seat, the instructor sat next to them and the parent or supervisor sat in the back.

“A hundred per cent of the parents that went through this program came to the end and said: ‘Wow, I’m so glad I went to this person because I’ve learnt so much’,” Ms McDonald said.

To register for a free lesson log on to www.keys2drive.com.au.



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