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Teaching Teens to Drive

Beginner driver skills checklist: Nevada Drive Academy
  • Turns: speed and use of signals

  • Braking smoothly: gradually slowing to a stop

  • Accelerating smoothly: steadily increasing to a safe speed within the posted limit

  • Approaching intersections controlled by stop signs or lights

  • Determining right of way

  • Single-land and multi-lane roadways (low speeds)

  • Changing lanes

  • Maintaining appropriate speed

  • Scanning for and identifying hazards

  • Keeping a safe following distance

  • Sharing the road with cyclists, pedestrians, school buses

  • Driving in a school zone

  • Reacting to an approaching emergency vehicle

  • Using turning lanes

As the new driver starts to master these skills, pay attention to which ones he or she is confident with. As you both become more comfortable, continue to expose your teen to different times of day, levels of traffic, and weather conditions on familiar roads.

At this point, your teen has mastered the basics and needs lots of practice getting used to the road. For the next several hours of driving practice, stick to low-speed, low-traffic roads. Try to take a different route each time to be sure your teen is getting the variety needed to become a safe driver.

Parents often do not have the time or patience to practice with their teen. We offer various behind the wheel driving packages in Las Vegas to take the burden off parents and teach the student safe driving habits from the first lesson.

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