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What kind of driver are you raising?

Kids learn more from your behaviour than you may realise.

How you drive can have a huge influence on kids aged five to 12 years and the type of drivers they'll become.

Together with your learner, you can:


Plan drives

Plan drives, routes and tasks that match their skills and level of experience.



Be distraction free

Limit distractions at first. Slowly introduce navigation or streamed music, set up before driving.


Put away phones

No phones at first. Slowly introduce streamed music or navigation. No voice controls or talking on phone.


Turn off music

Keep music off when they first start learning to drive and turn it up to normal levels when they’re more experienced.


Talk through what they see

Get your learner to talk about what they see and do on each drive.



Talk about signs and signals

Talk with them about signs, speed limits, potential hazards and the good behaviour of other road users.


Talk through driving decisions

Get them to talk through their driving decisions as they make them.


Discuss feedback

Give your learner positive feedback and praise your learner when they drive safely.



Build confidence

Help them build their confidence but not at the expense of safe driving behaviours.


Take breaks

Decide when your learner needs to stop the vehicle and take a break.



Take over the drive

Recognise when you need to take over the drive from your learner.



Have post drive discussions

Have a quick chat after the drive to talk about what they think went well and what else they could’ve done.

What's in stage one

Check out stage one car control.