Choosing the right driving school

In this day and age, the number of cars on our roads has increased exponentially over the years and the number will only keep growing. As the drivers on the roads increase so does the danger. When you decide to take the step to become a driver, you should ensure that you become an expert. The only way to do this is by getting the right instruction. The following are the steps you should take while searching for the right driving school for you.

Visit a facility in which you’re interested. Before choosing a specific facility, ask questions about what the program entails, details regarding on-road practice and conditions, the instructor’s credentials, the programs accreditation status, and how much liability the school carries.

Take your time
Look for a school that doesn’t rush the learning process. Although the classroom portion of the program is important, behind-the-wheel training is critical. Not all drivers are the same, and some will need more practice in certain areas. Make sure the school will teach at your particular pace.

How thorough is it?
Choose a school with a curriculum that covers all aspects of driving. Check to see what will be covered for the 30-hour classroom requirement. Make sure you are learning everything, including the basics, car mechanics, what to do in emergencies, insurance issues, driving under the influence, how to read road maps, accidents, national statistics, and more.

Practice make perfect
Make sure the behind-the-wheel training is thorough. If a driving lesson is under 1 hour, it’s not enough. Lessons should be planned out ahead of time based on the student driver’s experience to date. The instructor should choose routes that are appropriate for each student, and also provide challenges in new driving environments.

For Parents of student drivers
Be sure the school stresses face-to-face interaction between the driving instructor and parent. Research shows this partnership makes safer drivers. Lack of communication can lead to parents not reinforcing the lessons taught.
Look for programs that maximize on-road driving lessons. Choose a program that offers your teen maximized on-road driving lessons, as well as tips for you to continue supervised parental practice and involvement.

Are they up to code?
Make sure your driving course meets insurance company requirements. If the driving class is being taken to receive a discount on insurance, be sure to check directly with your provider, rather than take the school’s word for it.

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