I wish I knew what I know now about the places teenagers would feel more comfortable learning how to drive. I know you only learn with the real thing but it is better to start off with baby steps. Instead of having your teenager dive right into traffic, take them somewhere without traffic. There are some places around the 915 your teenager would feel more at ease driving. I remember when I had to practice learning how to drive. They were the most stressful and exhausting days of my life.

Those days were only stressful just because of who I learned from. My driving teacher would yell at the top of his lungs and hit the side of the door. So after every driving session I had to have always left me with a sore right leg. I had learned on Scenic Drive, the streets, and the parking lot at the apartment complex I used to live at. Those places I learned how to drive had me nervous as hell. When you're teaching someone how to drive you must have a lot of patience and stay calm. But the main importance is WHERE you teach a teenager how to drive.

I want to share some places that don't have a lot of traffic around. These places will help keep you less stressed while you're teaching from the passenger seat. It's better to start teaching your teenager how to drive now before they register for drivers ed. These places listed below aren't so nerve-racking and will also keep you at ease.

  • Veronica Gonzalez

    Sunland Park Mall

    Since certain stores have opened shop, there may be some cars around but not a whole lot. There are still some people taking Covid-19 seriously and avoiding places for their health. The mall parking lots won't be as packed as they used to be. Sunland Park Mall is an easier area to practice driving because of the room you have to drive. Cielo Vista Mall may seem a little difficult because of how tight space is there.

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    Western Playland

    Western Playland has a pretty decent size lot to practice driving around. In this area you won't have to worry about any curbs or parking chocks around. Which means they have all the space they may need to practice driving. Hell, maybe even do a donut! Just kidding. Do not try to attempt that please.

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    St. Patrick's Cathedral

    While Churches are closed due to Covid-19 their lot is another place to teach. They can make some turns and practice their parking. Plus, they can do a drive around on the actual street and pull back into the parking lot.

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    Bassett School

    Since school is already out that means school parking lots are empty. This means your teenager has a lot of space to drive around. They can even practice their parking there too. Another perk is not having to worry about your student driver hitting any cars.

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    McKelligon Canyon

    McKelligon Canyon is a smooth ride that also has open space. There aren't any crazy turns and is a smooth somewhat straight ride through. You can also have your teenager try parking inside by one of the picnic tables. Plus, you can try to enjoy the view a bit while you also keep your eyes on the road.

  • Veronica Gonzalez


    When people drive by a park they're usually going at the correct speed limit. This area is a calm area that is also an easy place to practice. You can drive around at a slow speed without hearing any horns.