Tips for Choosing a Drivers Ed Program for Your Teen Driver

Sep 13, 2016 - Driving Safety by

Tips for Choosing a Drivers Ed Program for Your Teen DriverAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver education does not produce safer drivers, especially among teen drivers. In a report, the NHTSA noted, “Despite widespread appeal of driver education, scientific evaluations indicate that it does not produce safer drivers.”

Most driver education courses are run by small business owners, and are loosely regulated. Many public schools have discontinued driver education courses due to cost and liability issues. Driving safety experts recommend these tips for finding a good driver education program:

Pass/fail rate. If the course is too easy to pass, it probably isn’t doing the job. Find a school that doesn’t hesitate to hold students back if they are not ready for the road.

Driving hours. Ask how many hours your child will spend getting actual driving experience, and choose a school that focuses on teaching true driving skills rather than how to change a tire.

Class hours. Driving schools should be using professional textbooks that include checklists they can share with parents to demonstrate the skills your child is mastering and which skills need improvement.

Professional instruction. Meet the instructor who will be teaching your child to assess his or her level of professionalism.

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