Linear emergency braking (aka quick-stop) is inarguably the most fundamental emergency maneuver covered in driver education.
It’s a skill that saves lives.
And it’s a skill that deserves mastery.
As an instructor, getting the most out of teaching quick-stops means maximizing every opportunity to improve student performance during a lesson.
So, I’ve put together a highly effective lesson plan to do just that in 4 easy exercises:
Continue reading How to Teach the Most Important Emergency Maneuver in Driver Education
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.
Continue reading 4 Reliable Ways to Predict Major Student Driver Errors
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
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