Turning your teen into a safe driver is a complex task. It involves learning the rules of the road and how to safely operate a vehicle – two big areas where professional driver education and training can help tremendously.
Quality driver education provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that can help mold a safe driver. It can also help preserve your relationship with your teen, as even very skilled and safety-conscious parents might not have the time or temperament to be the best teacher.
Choosing a Quality Driving School
When the time comes to pick a driving school, look beyond your budget and timeframe to seek out a quality driving school—one that focuses on your teen’s safety, not just passing the license test at the cheapest price.
- Ask around. Does your local high school offer driver education? Check with friends and neighbors about driving schools they’ve used.
- Call several driving schools. Ask questions about the quality of their operations, and ask for references.
- Talk to people about classroom vs. online classes.
- Visit several driving schools. Ask to sit in on a session, take a look at the vehicles and student materials. Check to see if they use current training materials, have professional instructors and maintain clean classrooms and safe vehicles.
- Focus on quality. Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau.
Persons under the age of 18 wishing to obtain a driver’s license, must present a Driver Education Student Completion Certificate and a Behind-the-Wheel Student Completion Certificate prior to scheduling a road test. To obtain a driver education student completion certificate, a student must complete a 30-hour classroom course. To obtain the behind-the-wheel student completion certificate, a student may choose six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a DOT-certified instructor, or a DOT-certified simulator driver education course and two hours of behind-the-wheel training with a DOT-certified instructor.
Does your local AAA club offer driver education?
|Quality Driving Schools|
|Require instructors to complete ongoing training.|
|Have reasonable student-teacher ratios.|
|Are members of professional associations such as American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and Driving School Association of the Americas.|
|Want, encourage and facilitate parental involvement.|
|Have a solid history of resolving complaints to their customers' satisfaction.|
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