Tips for Teaching Someone to Drive in Winter Weather

Teaching someone to drive is a big responsibility. It’s not just about making sure they are prepared to get their license; it’s also about giving them the foundation for driving safely in the future. The first thing you need to ask yourself is do you want the responsibility? If you are sure that you are the right person for the task then you need to set about making sure you teach as effectively as possible.

It’s a good idea to check with your local DMV about what is likely to be included in tests and what is necessary when it comes to driver training. If you do not know how to contact your local driving office, just check out Driving Office locations online. Once you have done this, you can set about organising the teaching accordingly.

Start out simply

The person you are teaching needs to be able to cope with all different road conditions eventually, but it’s best to start out as simply as possible.

  • Start with short lessons and build the time up as you progress.
  • If the lessons start in the winter, choose the best days you can, taking account of the conditions.
  • Start off in a safer location such as a parking lot.
  • Allow time for talking about the lesson when you finish. This helps to consolidate learning.
  • Teach as you go. If the driver makes a mistake, ask them to pull over when it’s safe to do so. It’s better to talk through the mistake while it’s still fresh.

Once the driver is confident in basic driving, you can take them to areas which are more affected by the winter conditions. This is where you need to teach them how to drive safely in these conditions.

What do you need to teach them?

This article is not long enough to cover everything you need to teach someone about driving in winter conditions. But, here is a list of the main areas you should be looking to cover.

  • Making sure that the vehicle is well maintained.
  • Ensuring there is at least half a tank of fuel.
  • The need to increase stopping times to around eight to ten seconds.
  • Knowledge of the vehicle’s braking system, and what you have to in icy conditions.
  • How and why to avoid stopping if possible, and to use the crawling technique rather than having to come to a full stop.
  • Not to use cruise control in heavy rain and snow.

Remember, that the person you are teaching will be nervous; no-one likes to drive in ice and snow, let alone a new driver. You need to check the conditions before you start the lesson so that you can be confident and clear in your instruction. This helps to reduce some of the anxiety.

Hopefully, you have found these tips useful and you now feel more confident about teaching someone to drive in winter weather.


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