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    advice needed on teen driving

    ok, so i am VERY goods friends with a mum of a teen (that doesnt sound right ;-) )

    anywhos he is gonna be wanting to drive in about 2 weeks and he has asked me a question i sold some bits and bobs on here and ebay to lend him money but he wants me to teach him and not have any leassons!

    what should i do i mean i dont mind doing it but is there any chance of him passing if he goes down this route? will it just be a waste of mine and his time?? any people with previous expreiance in this matter VVV welcome or any view to that matter! HELP ( please)

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    i dont see the harm in giving his some practise

    would think proper lessons is a good idea tho

    it wood be a great help if you could take him for extra lessons but i think at least a few lessons with a an instructor would be beneficial

    Exactly, there should be no harm in giving him a couple of lessons here and there, maybe helping him practice a manoeuvre, but in all honesty he is going to need to at least have a couple of professional lessons.
    He might think that you could just teach him it all...but it simply wont work out that way.

    Original Poster

    hmmm some a mixture then??? what ratio more me or more profesional? i dont want to see him fail beacuse of me but then again i dont want him to pay £20 an hour for something i can teach him

    You can teach him the basics but he will need some professional lessons - when did you pass your test ? I'm sure they will need to know exactly what conditions/tests are in the real one

    Original Poster

    passed mine in 86' but did a refresher in 05

    there is a good chance of passing if you drive and know the rules spot on. Remember in the old days, our parents used to teach us. Even now in the US, parents teach their kids how to drive, and this culture of lessons is not very common (depends on wher eu live as well).

    Having said that make sure you get all legalities like insurance and stuff like that sorted before you give any lessons!!

    Easiest way to lose friends ever, driving is a life skill, he needs proper instruction from a good ADI.

    I genuinely think that you are best off just telling him that you will teach him the basics; clutch control, basic spatial awareness. Then tell him to take a few lessons, they will let him know what kind of level he is at, then you can help him out when he asks for it, bare in mind he will also have to take a theory test, and he will have to get a provisional before he can go any where near a road in a car.

    As i said earlier though, you will find that after only a week or 2 simple timekeeping problems, or lack of advancement might get in the way.

    The instructor is the best-placed person to know what is needed in order to pass the test, & also whether or not a person is ready to take the test.

    Give him a few extra lessons so that he can practice reversing, parking etc, but there is no substitute for real instruction.

    Original Poster

    thanks everyone for your help

    I am an ADI.

    There's nothing wrong with teaching him the basic controls including the clutch. I'd then get him to learn with an ADI, problem is that you don't want him to pick up bad habits from the start, you also don't have the peace of mind of dual controls!!.

    You can then take him out and pactice what he's been taught.

    The trick is good initial instruction followed by hours on the road and practice, practice, practice!!

    my mum wouldnt teach me as she said i would pick up her bad habbits, which i managed to pick up anyway just being a passenger with her lol, i think lessons would be better and maybe going out a few times with you to build up confidence

    Make sure he gets a good ADI as well, they are not all equal.;-)

    ADI all the way

    don't forget you will need to add them to your insurance.. depending on what you drive you will have to pay roughly £30 a month extra

    Like others have said, proper lessons with an instructor and then maybe a couple of sessions practicing with yourself practicing what he's learnt in his lessons.

    I passed my test a few months ago and was doing 90 mins a week with a ADI.

    What would have helped me, but wasnt possible due to insurance etc.. would have been practice inbetween these lessons at just general driving etc...

    Personally driving is a major qualification both professional and personally and its proving more useful than my degree and would recommend to anyone to suck up the cost and get going as soon as possible!

    There was a program on this the other day.

    Watch it here: bbc.co.uk/ipl…5m/

    Will probably make you think twice

    jackt010;2892510

    passed mine in 86' but did a refresher in 05



    Refresher:?

    If he can't drive at all I would suggest you find some private property with no other cars about for him to crash into. No insurance is needed and I personally think he would be better off getting used to moving off and stopping etc before forking out £20 per hr.

    jtx;2893735

    Refresher:?If he can't drive at all I would suggest you find some private … Refresher:?If he can't drive at all I would suggest you find some private property with no other cars about for him to crash into. No insurance is needed and I personally think he would be better off getting used to moving off and stopping etc before forking out £20 per hr.



    Private property does NOT include a supermarket car park. You still need insurance where the public have access to
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