Coaching Tip #13
Is your teen having a problem parallel parking? You can try this technique at home.
To be honest, most adults find parallel parking to be challenging, so this my be an exercise for the whole family. Take rubber trash cans and put them far enough apart to represent two parked cars and mark off a "curb" with tape or chalk. Practicing this way allows for mistakes without consequences and gets the driver used to turning angles and size/manueverability of their vehicle.
Coaching Tip #20
Here's a techniqe for new drivers to help make them more aware of their surroundings and how they take in information from what they see.
It's useful in that it allows both you (perhaps the uneasy passenger) and the driver to be aware of what exactly the driver is seeing and taking in. The driver calls out what they see... something like..."I see a red truck behind me, a stop sign coming up, a man in the crosswalk, etc..." This exercise makes the driver aware if they are simply staring at the bumper of the car ahead of them. This is a great habit to develop early on because you simply cannot react to something you don't see.