Keep calm and focus on safety
‘Parents should really make the effort to research the requirements for taking a test today,’ says Manuel Balisio of Manuel Driving School. ‘The Highway Code may have changed since they passed their own test, as have their own driving habits.
‘It’s almost impossible for a parent to teach their child all the way to a successful test. It’s far better to help by taking them for practice runs after they’ve had some initial professional lessons.
‘Staying calm is essential. A learner driver can be traumatised by an angry parent and can lose their confidence or panic.
‘Always insist (calmly!) that they put the hand brake on when they’re at lights. It’s incredible the number of learners who roll backwards, or forwards into other cars.
‘Give them experience of driving, but stay clear of the technical stuff. And stop taking them out during the final “fine tuning” lessons from a professional, before the test.
‘Don’t train a learner to pass their test – teach them to be a competent and safe driver after their test. Your aim should be to get them driving safely when they have their own little kids in the car with them, so you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of your life.’