In the first instalment of our series on teaching driving skills to children, we explore how to teach kids about how to drive.
Our first guest is Dr. Peter Friesen, a senior researcher at the American Psychological Association who has written extensively on the topic of teaching children to drive in the US.
Dr. Friesens first heard about the idea of teaching driving to children while driving home from school one day.
“I was sitting at home, my four-year-old daughter in the back seat, listening to the radio, and she was just saying, ‘Dad, when are we going to be driving?’
Don’t drive recklessly. “
I asked her what her expectations were, and the answers were, ‘Don’t be stupid.
Don’t drive recklessly.
Don`t try to drive on your own.
And then we learned that the kids who have been taught how to talk about driving were less likely to drive at all.
So that`s why we put the emphasis on teaching children how to safely drive.”
Dr. David Friesensen, Ph.
D., is the lead author of the new book, Driving School: Lessons in Driving Skills to Teach Kids About How to Drive.
“There are a number of things that children learn in school about driving, but we want to make sure they are getting the training that is necessary to become safe drivers,” Dr. Dorn says.
The books focus on the practical side of driving, from teaching kids how to handle a vehicle on the road, how to identify hazards, how they drive in traffic, how much they ride, how long they can drive, how many turns they can take and much more.
The aim is to teach children to learn about driving in the context of the everyday world.
Dr Dorn said one of the biggest challenges that children face when it comes to learning to drive is their own lack of confidence.
“When I teach them the basics of driving they get the basic knowledge, but there are lots of little things that are important, like when to turn on headlights, when to stop, when they should stop and what to do if they feel unsafe,” he said.
“The lesson is, I want them to be able to say, ‘Look, this is important.
I can do this and I can’t do that.’
That`s the kind of self-assessment that we want our kids to have.”
For children who do learn to drive, they learn a lot about the world around them, and how different countries, states and even cultures can make driving different.
“The lesson that I learned most was, driving in a car is different in every country,” Dr Friesenson said.
“There`s no one-size-fits-all.
There are different kinds of driving in different places, and different cultures are different in the way that they drive.
We want to give kids a sense of where they fit in, where they should fit in.”
Learning to drive will help children learn about the dangers of driving.
The more they know about the risks involved in driving, the safer they can be when it`s time to drive the car.
“It`s not just about learning to think or feel safer, it`t just about driving safely, it is about learning about the environment,” Dr Dorns said.
Driving lessons are really important for children who want to become drivers, because when you are in the car, you are driving for yourself and the world at large.”