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Choosing A Driving School For Your Teen

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When the time comes for your teen to get their learner’s permit and begin driving, it can be scary for any parent.  You want to be sure that your child has a good understanding of the rules of the road and feels comfortable behind the wheel, that’s why choosing the right driving school is so important.   Your child’s driving school will provide the foundation of their driving skills, so you want to make sure you are comfortable with your choice.  Here are a few tips to guide you in the process of choosing a driving school:

  • Make sure to look up reviews.  By doing a simple internet search you can find reviews for the school you are interested in.  Look for comments from other parents and contact anyone you know personally who has used the school in the past.  It is also a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that may have been registered against the school.  
  • Call the school and ask how the class will be structured, find out how long the instructors have been teaching, what the student to teacher ratio is, and ask any other questions you may need until you feel comfortable enough to send your child there for driver’s education.
  • Ask what kind of car the school uses for road lessons and make sure your teen would be comfortable in such a vehicle, if your teen is nervous about driving a certain type of car, such as a truck or SUV, you do not want them to have to learn how to drive under those circumstances.  Being a new driver can be nerve-wracking enough without the added stress of being in a car you aren’t sure you can handle.
  • Find out how long class sessions are, some school offer programs that meet more often for shorter amounts of time, or some schools offer an entire course over a few days but each day consists of hours of classroom time.  One program may be better for your teen than the other, so this is another important factor to consider because you want to be sure that your teen is actually understanding the information in the class.
  • Price is a major factor for many people.  Call different driving schools in your area and get some prices.  Ask about any additional fees that may be charged (such as for rescheduling road lessons etc) and ask about their refund policy.
  • Location isn’t everything!  If you’re not satisfied with the school closest to you, driving a town or two over may be worth it to ensure that your teen gets the best possible education course before hitting the open road.
  • Once you do sign your teen up for driver’s ed, make sure you keep any and all documents, contracts, and receipts for your records.

Although this may be a lengthy process, it is worth it to ensure that your teen has a solid foundation before they get their license.  You want them to be as prepared as possible, and feel confident behind the wheel.  A good education is the first step to that, so take the time to choose which school would be best for your teen!

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Preparing Your Kids for the Road

Preparing Your Kids for the Road

Preparing Your Kids (and Yourself) to Drive

Passing a drivers test and receiving their very first licnese is a teenager’s first step to independence and one move closer to adulthood. You can provide your child with driving advice and safety tips to better prepare them behind the wheel. No matter the advice you give, your child’s first time behind the wheel is going to be an exhilarating, and maybe scary experience. Tackling important information early on can help your new driver to make the best decisions during their first days, weeks, and months on the road.

Don’t Miss Out On Driver’s Training

As all younger drivers are require to complete driver’s training, before taking their exam they will need to study the laws of the road. You can be a part of this by helping them to study, quizzing them on the information for the exam, and maybe even pick up a little refresher yourself! With this preparation your child will be more confident and better prepared for the exam and the road.

Talk Finances

Whether or not your teenager will be helping to pay for their own car, auto insurance, or gas it’s important that they understand the financial responsibility that comes with a driver’s licnese. Show them a copy of your insurance policy, talk with them about the costs that come with a driver’s licnese and emphasize the responsibility they are about to receive. Discussing the effects of a speeding ticket on insurance rates and the dangers of irresponsible driving is an important subject to touch on as well. These conversations will better prepare your child to be financially responsible with their vehicle and driving habits today and in the future.

Talk Safety

Further than discussing the financial consequences of a speeding ticket or an accident, you’ll want to discuss the importance of safety behind the wheel. Parents should discuss the incredible responsibility the child has acquired not only for themselves, but for the passengers of their own vehicle and others on the road. Topics to discuss here include everything from wearing a seatbelt and ensuring the headlights are used during evening hours to defensive driving techniques. Here you’ll want to be firm, but not overly controlling – you will want your child to take you seriously and feel respected.

Keep the Driving Subject Open

Once they receive their driver’s licnese, the training is not over. You will want to consistently review driving techniques and ask about their driving experiences. Although you will not want to discuss this every time you talk with your child, depending on the length of time they’ve been driving you’ll want to keep on top of these important topics.

Safe Driving!

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