Working with your supervisor

The Keys2drive learning approach encourages learner drivers to find their own way to learn to drive, in order to make it more like driving on P’s. This may be a hard thing for you parent/supervisor to trust at first – they may feel the need to take control of the driving sessions. You need to find a way to work together, not against each other. The free lesson is a good way to start – it will help you both understand how you can work together to use the Find Your Own Way approach in your driving sessions. 

Make goals and agree to a plan

At Keys2drive, our goal is to help you work with your parent/supervisor, while aiming to go six months on P plates with zero crashes. The learning you do to achieve that will make you a safer driver for life.

Agree on some specific goals to work towards, make a plan together on how to reach them and refer back to it if things go astray.

Use your parent/supervisor's experiennce

New P plate drivers crash far more than other drivers.

This is not necessarily because they don’t have good car control skills. Generally, it’s because they put themselves in a situation a more experienced driver would have cautioned against.

You can do better. It is important to acknowledge that your parent/supervisor and driving instructor probably know a lot about driving that could be really helpful to you.

Help your parent/supervisor understand what you need

You’re probably willing to find your own way - to make your own choices and take control of your learning.

Your parent/supervisor might find it hard to let you; they might think letting you find your own way means throwing you the keys to do whatever you like. You know different. Talk to them, work towards a shared understanding and direct them to the Supervisor Guide for more information on the Find Your Own Way learning approach.

Tips for communicating with your parent/supervisor

  • Tell them that you respect their experience (without adding a “but…”!).
  • Show them you are responsible and prepared to take small steps.
  • Be curious and ask questions.
  • If you feel worried say, “When I am in this situation I feel… because…”
  • Talk about how you see things and where your opinion has come from.
  • If you disagree with them, ask where their opinion has come from.
  • Avoid saying things like “I can’t,” or “I won’t.” Use questions.

Dealing with tension

If tension is brewing in the car, take control by being calm, positive and assertive.

A lot of arguments and tension come from bigger issues unrelated to driving, but they pop up in the car because driving can be stressful. The link below may help you to work things out if the issues seem particularly difficult:

Keys2drive is an Australian Government-funded program providing learner drivers and their parents/supervisors a free driving lesson with a Keys2drive accredited professional driving instructor