Learning to drive can be like playing sports, video games or a musical instrument— you have to practice to get better.
Practice, practice, practice. You might think you will get enough experience through driver education, but that’s not the case. Teens must log a minimum of 40 hours of supervised practice driving, including 15 hours at night. The law also requires an optional 90-minute supplemental education session for parents or the teen must acquire an additional 10 hours of supervised practice driving. AAA suggests you complete at least 100 hours.
- Start with the basics — sit in the car, learn where everything is and what everything does. Take a look at the owner’s manual, too.
- Talk to your parents about what to expect, so you can avoid misunderstandings or arguments on the road when you are learning to drive.
- Start practicing with simple driving in an open parking lot or a quiet neighborhood street. As you get better at controlling the vehicle, try more challenging roadways.
- Practice in a variety of conditions.
- City streets
- Rainy weather
- Heavy traffic