So far we’ve done a big empty parking lot for about a half hour. I even brought some orange cones from my soccer coaching days and set up a little slalom. Today we did about 45 minutes around the neighborhood, which was terrifying. Drivers ed. is in his future for sure, though the HS doesn’t offer it as part of the school day here.
I think it's important to learn the "only due one thing wrong rule" early. For example ---- if the trailer your towing isn't registered be sure your seat belt is on and you aren't drinking a beer.
Hmm, when I taught my nephew how to drive a manual transmission he had been driving for a few months. Trick was to let him mess up enough to get a feel for what worked better. Started in an empty parking lot. He is the confident type. We were in a pickup, which he hadn't driven before. So it also took him a few turns to get a feel for it's turning radius. His goal was to learn enough to drive his uncle's Porsche. Quite an incentive. ;-)
Next experience was helping a friend who was the nervous type. She grew up in China and came to the U.S. after college. Had a learner's permit and drove with her husband a bit, but hadn't had enough practice because he was so busy during the week. Plus he was in no hurry for her to be driving alone. With her, I found it useful to do some driving with commentary. Meaning I would tell her everything I was doing as I did it. Such as, now braking, now coasting (no brake, no gas), now gas. Had to think about all the things I do without thinking.
As we continued to practice, it was sometimes tough to sit and say nothing but that's what she needed. I learned that when she failed the driver's test the first time I took her to take it. Apparently right after leaving the parking lot, the examiner said "turn left" and she did . . . without even trying to look . . . in front of an on-coming car. They were back in the office immediately. I realized that probably what she'd been doing with her husband was simply following instructions and he told her everything to do.
I’ve taught a lot of kids to drive and I taught my wife to drive a standard back on the 70s. Start with a big parking lot. Let the drive around a bit then get out of the car and let them figure it out on thier own (in the parking lot). I would sit on the curb and watch them go round n round tell they got tired. Eventually they get the hang of it and there is no yelling.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.