Whether you are a teen looking to start driving or you are the parent of a teen, with the weather getting colder and winter setting in soon, it might seem like a good idea to wait until the spring to start a driver's education program. That is not necessarily true. You could be making a mistake if you wait until the spring to take driver's education. There are many reasons why learning to drive in the winter, particularly in snowy climates, can be a good thing.
You Can Start Out Slower
If you are afraid of driving, there is a good chance one of your fears is the speed of your vehicle. If you are learning to drive when the roads are icy or slushy, you can drive slower without annoying other drivers or your driving instructor. This allows you to better ease into the speed required for traveling on roadways.
Your Driving Instructor is There the First Time You Slide
Anyone who has to drive in a snowy environment is eventually going to slide on ice. Even if it is only a couple of inches, it can be a scary experience. If you are a teenager learning to drive, if you learn to drive during the winter when the roads are slicker, your first time sliding will probably happen with your driving instructor right there. Knowing there is someone experienced there to help you can help to ease the anxiety associated with sliding on ice.
Your instructor can help you even before your first slide, helping you know how to react when it does happen. After your first slide, your instructor can also help you know how you could have reacted differently and what you can do the next time your vehicle slides.
To help you become more comfortable driving on icy or snowy roads, your driving instructor may also decide to have you practice stopping and starting in an icy or snowy parking lot when there are few or no cars in the parking lot. This can help build your confidence in an environment where crashing is not a worry. You cannot have this same experience if you learn to drive when the roads are clear. While your driving instructor can tell you how to react to snow and ice, if you learn to drive in the summer, these are not skills you will be able to practice at that time.
Your driving instructor can also help you learn proper following distance in bad weather and help you understand how soon you should start braking before coming to a stop on icy roads. Again, while these skills can be discussed when learning to drive in the summer, it will be several months before you can use them if you learn to drive during warmer weather. Even if it is a friend or family member who is teaching you to drive, that person can provide you with tips for driving in the snow and can provide feedback on your driving.
Gotten the Worst Over With
If you learn to drive in the snow or on icy roads, you have gotten the worst weather driving conditions over with right away. This means driving will become easier and easier. Someone who learns to drive in the summer or even in good spring or fall weather learns basic driving skills but not as many weather-related driving skills at first. Then that person has to learn winter driving habits and adapt their driving accordingly. If you learn to drive in the winter, you have the hardest weather-related driving conditions in the beginning, and you will not have to later feel like you are relearning a driving skill.
You Can Get Your License Sooner
Since winter is coming soon, perhaps the best reason to learn to drive in the winter is that you can get your license sooner. If you wait for the nicer weather, you will have put it off for several months. As a teen driver in New Jersey, you will need to have your learner's permit or examination permit for at least six months before you can obtain your driver's license. Getting your permit now will allow you to be eligible to get your license just in time for the summer.
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