Verbal Teaching in the Moving Classroom” A second helpful thing you can do is to talk out loud while you are driving. Rather than overload the new driver with information and advice while he or she is also trying to simply learn the mechanics of driving, take advantage of teaching opportunities while you are behind the wheel. These are truly “teachable moments. For example, you can Point out tricky road signs, and ask what they mean When alight turns yellow, talk about how you knew whether it was safe to stop, or safer to continue through the intersection Ask the teen/new driver questions about the traffic behind you or beside you – make them aware that you have to pay attention to traffic all around you, not just in front of you Practice the “two-second” rule by explaining out loud the steps you are taking to gauge your following distance. Once you start doing this, you will be surprised at all of the wisdom you already have. You may also be surprised when it opens the door for your pupil to offer friendly and constructive criticism of your own driving habits Since most of us have room for improvement, you will, hopefully, be able to accept with humor any good criticism they have.