When you sign up for drivers ed classes, it represents a big step toward a lot of new freedom and responsibility. These classes will help teens and adults gain the knowledge and experience they need to become safe and defensive drivers.
Naturally, this means most students (and parents of driving students) will have some important questions about the drivers ed courses and what they can expect after they sign up.
Explore the following 10 questions and answers about driver’s education to help get ready for this big milestone in life.
Why are Experienced and Professional Instructors So Important?
Many parents feel like they can prepare their teens for a driving test on their own. After all, they’ve been driving on the streets for all these years without any problems, so, surely, they can impart that knowledge to their kids.
The fact is that teens have a tendency to not hear the things their parents tell them. On top of that, the situation may feel too casual, and they won’t take it as seriously as they otherwise might.
At 911 Driving School, our driving instructors make all the difference. These teachers have experience as public safety officers and they know how to impart their expert, first-hand knowledge.
How Much Does It Cost?
We offer several different courses for teens and adults, depending on your location. (You can find the driving school closest to you here.) The final cost will depend on which courses you need. However, we recommend that in your search for drivers ed classes, you remember that you always get what you pay for. Instead of focusing strictly on price, make sure you also know the quality of the lessons that the school provides.
Are There Any Special Enrollment Requirements?
Enrolling in a drivers ed class does not have many requirements. However, these will be different in each state. In general, though, the new driver should be at least 15 years old and have consent from their parents or guardians before the first class starts.
What Is Required to Complete the Course?
Again, this could change depending on your location. In most places, though, students will need to complete their classes and drives within 120 days from the day they start the course. These courses will include around 34 hours of classroom instruction, at least 5 one-hour behind-the-wheel sessions, and some observation sessions.
Is a Drivers Permit Required Before Starting the Course?
These courses involve a number of behind-the-wheel experiences, so the student will need to have a permit. We recommend getting the permit at least 10 days before starting the classes, but there is a little leeway to that, as long as you have it before the first drive.
What Happens If the Driver Does Pass the Course?
Our instructors do everything they can to impart the knowledge and experience that new teen drivers need to pass the course and prepare for their final tests. However, if the student requires extra practice, or they can’t complete the requirements within the given time span, they will simply have to retake the class.
What Is Your Pass Rate?
This question could either mean: “how difficult are your courses?” or “do you just pass everyone so you can have a higher pass rate?” Either way, we feel it’s more important to focus on the experience of our instructors and the techniques we use to develop safer drivers. (Though, if you’d like to get the numbers, be sure to talk directly to the admin of the driving school closest to you.)
Are Your Schedules Flexible?
Whether you’re a teen or an adult, fitting driving classes into your busy schedule can be a bit of a challenge. Our schools have a wide variety of scheduling options so you can get to your get to your teen or adult driving courses and complete all the requirements.
How Can I Get Involved as a Parent of a New Driver?
We always see better results when the parents of teen drivers are quick to get involved and help the new driver develop their skills. Parents can be great coaches, so we recommend following up with your kids to make sure they’re completing the work and preparing for the written test. Make time to go out with them and get some experience on the road. If you’d like more tips, our instructors can provide plenty of guidance.
What Makes a Good Driving Instructor?
Your instructors are going to make the biggest difference in your driver’s education, so it’s important to make sure they’re up to the task. An instructor should know how to relate to their students. They need to have first-hand experience with potential problems on the road. They should be able to help their students understand the importance of defensive driving and how their decisions behind the wheel can impact others.
At 911 Driving School, our instructors meet all of these qualifications.
If you have any other questions, be sure to get in touch with the 911 Driving School nearest you and discover the benefits of a driving class led by experienced public safety officers.