Supervised driving practice is a key element in driver education. Everything we do as driving instructors is aimed to prepare our student to drive safely when there is no instructor or co-driver beside them.
The first few months of solo driving is the most dangerous time for learning drivers. New drivers who experience high-quality supervised practice are the safest and best prepared when they begin driving solo. Research shows that student drivers who achieve 120 (or more) hours of supervised practice during their “L” stage enjoy a significant reduction in crashes and violations when they begin to drive on their own.
During the time where it’s not safe to have close personal contact due to COVID-19 social distancing, parents / co-drivers can assume the role of maintaining the training momentum. With traffic patterns being much lighter than usual, it presents great opportunities for driving practice!
There are a lot of aspects that go into effective supervised practice, and we will address these in these articles. If you have specific questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact your coach or send us an email.