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Teaching your kid to drive is humbling

Friday, August 16, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Any parent teaching a teenager to drive can learn a tip or two from Joseph Rose, columnist for The Oregonian.
   Last December, Rose recounted his experience sharing the front seat with his 18-year-old daughter, Una. Jumping ahead to the good news, Una passed her Oregon driving test and earned her license. And Joseph shared a few parental “do betters” that can benefit all driving tutors. For example:

  • Students hate “the invisible brake” – reflexively slamming your foot to the floorboard when you sense danger.
  • Use your words. Don’t simply point and say, “turn here” or “go that way.”
  • Don’t tell your kids to place their hands at 10 and 2. You should know better. Airbags weren’t invented yesterday.

   Rose’s adventure ended on a positive note when his appreciative daughter told him, “You did a lot of things right, but I just can’t think of them right now.”
   Learn more in Rose’s Oregonian blog, which includes a fun video of Una summarizing her impressions.

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