When you’re behind the wheel of a car, you are responsible for your actions. Many new teen drivers have crashes, and the consequences — both legal and personal — can be serious. You could kill someone, be killed or seriously injure yourself, loved ones or others. Doesn’t it make sense to be taught how to drive by a professional?
What Driver Education Teaches You
- How to identify and manage risk.
- The rules of the road, signs, signals and markings.
- Basic operation of a vehicle.
- Risk prevention techniques, how to handle emergencies and how to prevent driver distractions.
- Financial and legal responsibilities associated with driving.
Find a Driver Education Program That’s Right for You
- Help your parents research and identify driving schools in your area.
- Get recommendations from friends and their parents.
- Check to see if driving schools use current training materials, have professional instructors and maintain clean classrooms and safe vehicles.
- Don’t settle for driving schools that advertise quick or easy programs — focus on quality.
What to look for:
|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.|
- Choosing a Driving School – Courses at driving schools are designed to teach new and teen drivers fundamental skills required to drive a motor vehicle. This printable guide has lots of tips about picking the right driving school. Be sure to share it with your parents.
- Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe driver.
- Illinois Graduated Driver Licensing Program – Learn more about the laws in your state.