A skill that is about much more than pass­ing a test

Bray People - - FACE TO FACE -

A WISE par­ent or friend will seek the help of re­li­able pro­fes­sion­als in pre­par­ing a per­son for the com­plex world of the car and traf­fic. It's not enough for to­day's fam­ily/ friends to learn as their par­ents did. The driv­ing world they en­ter is far too in­tense to tackle without se­ri­ous prepa­ra­tion.

Learn­ing to drive a car safely and ef­fi­ciently in mod­ern traf­fic in­volves much more than train­ing to pass a gov­ern­ment road test and get a li­cense. How­ever, this is a nec­es­sary first stage.

Gov­ern­ment driver ex­am­in­ers want to en­sure that the new driver has ad­e­quate con­trol over the ve­hi­cle, knows the rules of the road and the cor­rect pro­ce­dures for manag­ing a ve­hi­cle in traf­fic, and can make safe de­ci­sions.

The pro­fes­sional in­struc­tor is skilled in teach­ing th­ese ba­sics. Your role as par­ent/co-driver is to re­in­force what the in­struc­tor teaches and pro­vide prac­tice time.

At­ti­tude de­ter­mines how knowl­edge and skills will be used. It de­ter­mines whether a driver will be co­op­er­a­tive or com­pet­i­tive in traf­fic. So your big­gest con­tri­bu­tion to your fam­ily/friends safety and ef­fec­tive­ness be­hind the wheel will be your ex­am­ple.

Pa­tience, cour­tesy, and a will­ing­ness to im­prove will be your best as­sets.

Now is the time to re­view your own driv­ing habits and of­fer your fam­ily/friend the ex­am­ple of cour­tesy and con­sid­er­a­tion for other road users. This may do more than any­thing else to en­sure your fam­ily/friend driv­ing safety.

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