June 1, 2004
Health Tip: Teaching Your Teen to Drive
Suggested lesson plans
(HealthDayNews) -- If you're teaching your teen to drive, the American Automobile Association recommends that your lesson plans include:
- Driving preparation: adjust seat and mirrors, use safety belts, start the engine, check the gas gauge, check for traffic, signal and move when safe.
- Basic maneuvers: moving forward, steering, turning, stopping and backing up.
- Interacting with other vehicles: turn signals, changing lanes, blind spots and monitoring traffic in all directions.
- Parking and turning: on an angle or a hill, parallel parking, U-turns and 3-point turns.
- Rail crossings: obey crossing gates.
- Freeways: using on and off ramps, merging, lane and speed choice.
- Driving in darkness: using lights and appropriate speed.
- Adverse weather: adjusting speed for rain, fog, wind, dust and snow.
- Handling hazards: obstacles on the road, using flashers and antilock brakes.