Driving School Considerations

Even when living in a city with a good public transportation system, learning to drive is still an important life skill. You might not need it now, but you might need the skill later when you get a job that often requires you to move around. Start by enrolling in a driving school before getting your driver's license. 

How Do You Choose a Driving School?

Good driving skills are developed through proper and adequate training from an accredited driving school. Other considerations include:

1. Research 

Do further research about the school, the experience of the instructors, class size, etc. You want to know everything you can about the school before you enroll. For example, visit the school and tour the classes, facilities, etc. You want to view the type of cars, equipment, simulators, and other learning materials used. Ask about the number of students per class. The bigger the number, the less interaction, and attention each student gets from the tutor. 

Study the school's success rate as it will give you better insight into their ability to train drivers. For example, if their success rate is 90% or more, then you have a better chance of obtaining your license on your first attempt. 

2. Hands-on Time 

How much time does each student get behind the wheel during training sessions? The more time you spend learning to perfect your turns and merge with traffic on a busy highway, the better you become. This is why a small class is better as each student gets more time behind the wheel and with the instructor. Driving in the school's parking lot is great for practice, but you have to learn how to change lanes, overtake, accelerate, and slow down on a highway. 

3. Curriculum 

If you're trying to enroll your teen into a driving school, you should review the curriculum and check if it touches on modern driving issues. These issues include driving under the influence, road rage, texting, or calling while driving, which are prevalent on the road. 

Also, check if the curriculum is well-rounded and increases in difficulty as the student progresses. Make sure that the program also teaches the students how to handle emergencies. 

4. Professional Instructors 

The common driver may know a few things about driving, road rules, etc., but a professional instructor is better suited to train you about roads, cars, driving, and rules and regulations. They understand how to teach by beginning with the basics and slowly working their way to the more advanced lessons.