Saturday, 21 May 2016 07:46

Teaching your kids to drive webinar


Parenting is, of course, one of the toughest jobs.

You need a licence to drive a car, own a dog or fish, but not to have kids.

You learn a lot of things during your school years, but education on how to bring up a human being can be thin on the ground.

One of the topics of education we are expected to impart to our offspring is how best to take on the overwhelming concept of driving safely on our roads.

Yes, moving house and divorce are some of the most stressful things in life, but according to a survey of over 15,000 Navman customers, teaching your kids how to drive is high on that stress list too.

In fact, about a third of those surveyed said that they won’t be in a hurry to do it again.

But they could be doing it wrong, according to Joel Neilsen, managing director of leading driver training school Safe Drive Training Australia. He has teamed with Navman Technology for a webinar on a How to Teach Your Kids to Drive webinar taking place on Wednesday 22 June 2015 from 7.30pm to 8.15pm (AEST).

“The mistake parents are making,” says Neilsen, “is talking to kids and trying to instruct them during more difficult or complex situations, such as when they switching lanes.

"You are making the driver do things at the same time: take in information and do a move that requires concentration. This can increase the stress, risk of a wrong action and possibly a crash. The learner can’t be expected (as a novice) to process information and perform the skills at the same time.

"We need to get a great deal of the underlying driving concepts into your children’s thought patterns well before they get in the car.

“A lot of parents forget that there is a cognitive component of driving. Instructions should be clear and concise and given well in advance, then let the learner undertake the manoeuvre, once clear and no hazards a debrief can be given. Just like a Navman gives you well in advanced directions so you are not being told in the middle of a busy intersection, parents should always prepare the learner ahead of time to avoid potential risks on the road."

Parents wanting to hone their drive teaching skills can register for the free webinar per the details below:

Details of the webinar:
What: The Navman How to Teach Your Kids to Drive webinar
When: Wednesday 22 June 2015 from 7.30pm to 8.15pm (AEST)
Length: 45 minutes
Presenter: Joel Neilsen, managing director of leading driver training school Safe Drive Training Australia
Cost: Free
Details: Covers all aspects of teaching your kids to drive – from the skills you’ll need to make sure the experience is safe, to how to ensure young drivers stay safe once they have a licence.
To register:

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