Once simple situations are confidently handled, it is time to move to more populated roads and those with the faster speed limits. Start with roads that are no more than 40mph but have some traffic. Stay away from school zones and commercial roads for now. For some lessons, choose roads with two lanes per direction.
Before turning the key in the ignition, discuss what may cross the teen’s driving path:
- Turning lanes
- One-way streets
- Parked vehicles along the street
- Increased car, truck, and bicycle traffic
During this stage of learning, the teen should master the following skills:
- Keeping a safe following distance
- Approaching intersections (with and without traffic signals)
- Turning from the proper lane
- Adjusting speed
- Merging with traffic from a ramp or turning lane
- Scanning and identifying hazards
- Determining right of way
Now it is time for the teen to learn how to drive on two- and four-lane roads, which can be difficult for newer drivers.
Once there has been sufficient practice on these roads, it is time to move onto urban areas, like business districts or downtown sections. Opt for roads that have a mixture of gas stations, moving and parked cars, parking lots, cyclists and pedestrians.
Specific skills to work on include:
- Entering traffic from a parking lot
- Getting in and out of a parking space
- Adjusting speed according to moving and foot traffic