How can I Help my Teen Prepare for a Driver's Test?

Sherry Holetzky

Where does the time go? One minute your little angel is smiling a toothless smile and learning how to ride a bicycle and the next thing you know your child is begging you to take him or her for a driver’s test to get a driving permit. Not long after that, you will find yourself taking your teen to get a driver’s license. As much as you might like to avoid it, you will eventually have to give in. Since that’s the case, you might as well help your child prepare for the driver’s test.

Doing a practice driving test in an empty parking lot can be great preparation for the real thing.
Doing a practice driving test in an empty parking lot can be great preparation for the real thing.

Making sure your teenager is prepared will bring you some peace of mind. Take your child to get a study guide and help him or her study for the written exam. Quiz your son or daughter often and take him or her out to practice driving. It is important that he or she feel comfortable behind the wheel before the driver’s test, but make sure your teen knows a licensed driver must always be present.

You may be able to find out in advance what is expected during the driver’s test. Sometimes, parallel parking is required, while in other areas it is not. This is something you will need to know because parallel parking definitely requires practice. If you’re not sure if it is mandatory or not, it is wise to practice, just in case. While you and your child will likely be nervous, there are some good options you can use to prepare for a driver’s test that include very little risk.

For one thing, you can give a practice driver’s test in an empty parking lot. There will be no fear of causing damage to other vehicles or property as long as there is plenty of room to maneuver. You can also practice for the driver’s test at home. Set up cones or use empty boxes to mark off parking spaces so your child can practice pulling into parking spots as well as parallel parking. Use the driveway as a practice area for backing up and making three-point turns.

When both you and your teen are confident that he or she is well prepared, go ahead and let your child take the driver’s test. Make sure he or she takes the test in the same car that was used for practice, so that your teen can be as comfortable as possible. Help your son or daughter relax and encourage your child. Make sure your teen knows that the driver’s test can be taken again if necessary.

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