PRACTICE DRIVING SESSIONS and
DRIVING LOGS for New Drivers



Communication During Practice
Good communication is the key to successful practice during driving sessions. Both you and your teen driver will likely be nervous during the first few sessions. Setting a positive tone is key to learning, make positive comments to encourage these new drivers.


The “SIPDE” Process

Driving is a complex task that involves many elements. National experts agree that there are 5 separate steps to reaction time. The “SIPDE” process is your reaction time.

The “S” stands for scanning the roadway ahead. This scanning should be 10-15 seconds ahead, under
       normal roadway and weather conditions.
The “I” stands for Identify. Ask what the driver sees ahead.
The “P” stands for Predict. Ask what will happen based on their observations.
The “D” stands for Decide. Ask the driver to make a decision based on their predictions.
The “E” stands for Execute. The driver should execute their decision.


During Practice Sessions / The 12 Steps.
1- Fasten your safety belts and lock the doors
2- Have the driver adjust the seat and mirrors.
3- Have the new driver sit in a position that allows for both hands on the steering wheel. It is  
       recommended that you place your hands at 10 and 2 o’clock on the wheel. This allows for maximum  
       range of movement when turning the steering wheel.
4- Have the driver drive at a low speed, till the get familiar with the car.
5- Confine the conversation to driving.
6- Give directions and advise quietly, clearly and well in advance of any situation.
7- Provide enough time for the driver to perform or carry out your direction.
8- Try to be calm, patient and relaxed to instill confidence.
9- Tell the new driver immediately when an error has been made and calmly suggest how to correct it.
10- Look and think well ahead of the new driver to anticipate problems, and try to inform them well in
       advance.
11- In an emergency situation, give short direct commands on what to do. Be prepared to help with 
       steering by leaning over and grabbing the steering wheel if necessary.
12- You might want to use a handheld mirror to keep track of traffic conditions to the rear.



Start up procedures:

No.             Vehicle Control                                                Date(s)                    Rating                      Notes
  1 Outside checks  
  2 Inside checks  
  3 Starting the Engine   
  4 Shifting the vehicle,
    putting the vehicle into motion,  
  5 Stopping, securing
            and leaving the vehicle


Basic Maneuvers:

No.            Maneuvers                                                       Date(s)                    Rating                      Notes
  6SIPDE, Search patterns  
  7Steering forward & backward   
  8Hand over hand steering   
  9Procedures for turning 
10Left & Right turns 
11Mid-block U-Turn / 3 pt. 
12Changing lanes, blind spot checking 
13Angle Parking 
14Perpendicular Parking 
15Leaving a parking space 
16Parallel Parking 
17Leaving Parallel Parking space 
18Uphill parking 
19Downhill parking 
20Approaching a curve 
21Pulling into/out of a drivewaydriveway 
22Interaction with intersections (left/right turns)
23Interaction with other roadway users
24Other


Other Driving Issues:

No.             Skill/Issue                                                         Date(s)                    Rating                      Notes
  25Night - city
  26Night - Highway / Expressway 
  27Rain 
  28Snow 
  29Skid control 
  30Blowout / Tire failure 
  31Safety Procedures 
  32Emergency Procedures 
  33Practice Road Test 
  34Other

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