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Driving in Parking Lots

New teen drivers need to first gain experience driving a car in empty parking lots, as well as learning how to park a car in a parking lot. Look for large empty lots in an industrial park or public facility during closed hours with no traffic, parked cars or pedestrians and with minimal obstructions. Teens should begin driving in parking lots by scheduling their practice during the day with dry pavement and no adverse weather.

When your teen is ready, practice in the next driving environment: Residential Roads.

Goal:
Help the new driver learn to stop, start and turn the vehicle.

Activity:
Using boxes, cones, or existing lines as landmarks along an “L” shape, drive up to each landmark and stop as smoothly as possible. Continue this until the new driver stops and starts smoothly. Also concentrate on turning without over steering.

Common Errors:

  • Abrupt stops and accelerations
  • Turns that are too tight or wide
  • Turning before looking in the direction of the turn
  • Too tight of a grip on the steering wheel

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Operates the car smoothly with control
Practice Guide Video
Stopping And Starting

Stopping and Starting

Goal:
Help the new driver learn to stop, start and turn the vehicle.

Activity:
Using boxes, cones, or existing lines as landmarks along an “L” shape, drive up to each landmark and stop as smoothly as possible. Continue this until the new driver stops and starts smoothly. Also concentrate on turning without over steering.

Common Errors:

  • Abrupt stops and accelerations
  • Turns that are too tight or wide
  • Turning before looking in the direction of the turn
  • Too tight of a grip on the steering wheel

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Operates the car smoothly with control

Goal:
Help the new driver master the skill of backing up.

Activity:
Practice the steps involved in backing up in an empty parking lot without any obstructions.

Common Errors:

  • Not doing a 360 degree search prior to backing up
  • Failing to look back during the whole maneuver, until the car is stopped
  • Driving at too high a speed

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Backs up slowly and with control, knowing what’s around the vehicle at all times
Practice Guide Video
Backing Up

Backing Up

Goal:
Help the new driver master the skill of backing up.

Activity:
Practice the steps involved in backing up in an empty parking lot without any obstructions.

Common Errors:

  • Not doing a 360 degree search prior to backing up
  • Failing to look back during the whole maneuver, until the car is stopped
  • Driving at too high a speed

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Backs up slowly and with control, knowing what’s around the vehicle at all times

Goal:
Help the new driver develop a scanning routine.

Activity:
Practice the scanning routine recommended by your driver’s instructor. It may be a variation of side mirror – rear view – side mirror – up ahead. Check blind spots periodically and always before turning.

Common Errors:

  • Forgetting to scan
  • Concentrating too much on scanning and failing to look ahead
  • Turns steering wheel when head moves to scan

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Develops a scanning routine and uses it consistently
Practice Guide Video
Introduction To Scanning

Introduction to Scanning

Goal:
Help the new driver develop a scanning routine.

Activity:
Practice the scanning routine recommended by your driver’s instructor. It may be a variation of side mirror – rear view – side mirror – up ahead. Check blind spots periodically and always before turning.

Common Errors:

  • Forgetting to scan
  • Concentrating too much on scanning and failing to look ahead
  • Turns steering wheel when head moves to scan

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Develops a scanning routine and uses it consistently

Goal:
Help the new driver keep the vehicle lined up in the center of the lane.

Activity:
Using markings in the parking lot or imagining a yellow line, practice driving straight.

Common Errors:

  • Too tight of a grip on the steering wheel
  • Fixating too much on the line and not watching up ahead

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Can easily follow a line and keep the car steady
Practice Guide Video
Introduction To Lane Positioning

Introduction to Lane Positioning

Goal:
Help the new driver keep the vehicle lined up in the center of the lane.

Activity:
Using markings in the parking lot or imagining a yellow line, practice driving straight.

Common Errors:

  • Too tight of a grip on the steering wheel
  • Fixating too much on the line and not watching up ahead

Sign Learner Gets It:

  • Can easily follow a line and keep the car steady

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