Driving lessons for children with disabilities are often taught by adults with disabilities.
But they’re often accompanied by the words, “you need to do the driving” and, “if you do it right, you can drive”.
These words may sound silly, but they’re very much true for those with mobility impairments.
Here’s how to make sure your children understand and follow these safety guidelines.
Make sure you’re using the right hand to hold the steering wheel 1.
Know when to stop driving The most important part of driving lessons is to make the right decision.
If you’ve learned the basics, you’ll understand how to use the steering wheels to make a left turn, right turn or turn left.
If your child doesn’t understand this, they’ll likely try to do too much.
So don’t put them at risk of getting into an accident.
Never drive on the shoulder of the road If your children have a disability, they may not know how to drive on a shoulder.
If they do, they’re more likely to hit their head on the pavement or roll over.
To help them learn to drive safely, parents should use hand signals and avoid driving at high speeds.
Be sure your child understands what you’re saying When your child is driving with a disability or has mobility impairment, he or she should understand what you are saying.
Don’t be too quick to say, “You can’t drive!”
It may not make sense, but it may be the right thing to say.
If it’s a question your child does not understand, you should give them a little explanation.
Teach your child to sit on the seat when you’re not driving The safest way to teach a child how to sit in a car is to put them in a seat that is at least two inches away from the driver.
This helps their shoulders stay level and allows them to use their arms to hold their balance.
This also helps them see the road ahead, so they’re not distracted.
If there are obstacles, they can help the driver by pointing out the right way to get to the left side of the highway or by pointing to a lane that they don’t want to go into.
Be gentle with your child in school and in the car When your children are driving in a school setting, don’t be forceful or impatient with them.
You can teach them to be respectful, but you also need to be firm and direct.
When you’re teaching your child that they have to drive, the only time you’re supposed to be aggressive is when they start to get too impatient.
Make your child use the brakes When you are teaching them to drive a car, it’s best to let them use the brake when they feel comfortable.
They should only use the braking brake if they’re in danger of hitting something. Don