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4 Reliable Ways to Predict Major Student Driver Errors

At the beginning of my in-car teaching career, I would walk away from each lesson with a sore neck and a minor tension headache. It can be very stressful to know that your safety (and your employer’s vehicle) is in the hands of an overconfident and under-competent student driver.

What makes teaching new drivers so stressful is that they’re often unpredictable – simply because they haven’t enough experience to consistently perform the predictable action. Every new situation is a new opportunity to make a mistake.

So, it wasn’t long before I started looking for ways to predict my students’ errors during lessons. And, today, I’m going to share four signs of imminent driver action (or inaction) that I have found to be most reliable and effective in reducing instructor stress headaches.

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How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 2

Welcome back!

In the last installment of this series, we talked about habit formation as a natural process and how its three basic components work together to create automatic behaviors – good or bad. Now, it’s time to talk about utilizing those components to create good driving habits during lessons.

 

Getting to “Good Driving Habits”

As I mentioned last week, we define a habit by its routine of behavior. So, when we talk about good habits we are usually talking about habituated good behaviors.

But I think we can do a little better. I think we can easily develop strong habits out of good behaviors. Continue reading How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 2

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How Driving Habits Work: How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 1

Welcome to BesideTheWheel’s first featured article!

To kick off our journey, what better place to start than the buzziest buzzword in driver education … habit.

If there’s a holy grail in driver education, it’s good driving habits. They’re the key to lasting safe practices behind the wheel; yet they’re often the most difficult and time-consuming lessons our students may never actually learn.

It seems like it should be simple: demonstrate proper procedures, practice, practice, practice, and use it on the road forever after. Right?  Continue reading How Driving Habits Work: How to Create Good, Strong Driving Habits for Your Students – Part 1