You should teach your learner the basics of driving somewhere without traffic at first. The next step is to practise basic driving skills on a quiet road.

Helpful hints

  • You’ll need to be patient with your learner when they’re getting behind the wheel for the first time. Take things slow, and work up from the basics to more complex driving techniques.
  • If you need to explain something in more detail, ask them to pull over and stop so you have their full attention.
  • Rear-view suction mirrors are used by professional instructors, but can be great for amatuers as well. You can get one at an automotive store. Use the mirror to see your learner’s face while they're driving, so you can check where they are looking. A second mirror gives you a rear-view for yourself as well.
  • While on the road, talk about things that are “must-knows” and “should-knows”. Leave the “could-knows” till after the lesson.
  • Ask your learner driver to describe what they’re doing for you as they’re doing it. This is a good check that they understood all your instructions and have not missed anything.

Feeling nervous?

Many coaches feel nervous during driving lessons.

It can be disconcerting being on the passenger side of the car when a learner is driving. It may feel like they’re driving too close to parked cars and the roadside. Remember the car needs to keep well left to leave room between it and the centreline.