Learning how to drive is one of the biggest milestones in a teenager’s life. It can also be one of the most nerve-wracking times for a parent who can’t help but wonder how well their child will navigate the roads in the future. Because driving is such serious business, it is important to find and provide your child with the best driver’s education available. Here are a few tips on how to pick a top-notch driver’s education service for your teen.
Recommendations From People You Know
Probably the best way to find a great driver’s ed course for your teenager is to ask other parents and their children about the services they have used. Many times, you will find the type of detail from another parent that you can’t find anywhere else. For example, they can tell you if the school’s behind-the-wheel instructor showed up on time, if he actually had the new driver do more than just drive in aimless circles, and how much time each student was given behind the wheel.
In addition, teenage driving students can sometimes provide unintentional insights into the business practices of a school. For instance, they might brag that they really needed to complete a few more hours of behind-the-wheel time, but the “super chill” teacher let them off. While a teenager might appreciate the break, this type of lackadaisical approach is not what a parent wants from a driver’s education school.
The Cars and Operation
The appearance of a business’s facility and its cars can tell you a lot about a driver’s education service. If a company’s cars are old, beat up, and dirty, you can bet that they are probably poorly maintained as well. In addition, a shabby facility and run-down cars can be an indication of a company that is not doing well financially, which could mean several things. For one thing, the company could shut down suddenly and you could be out your money. It could also be a sign that its staff is poorly paid and, therefore, possibly disgruntled and unmotivated.
Ratio of Students to Teacher
Inquire as to how many students will be in each class. Smaller class size means more individualized attention and instruction for your student driver.
Before committing to a driver’s education course, ask the company how many hours and what type of instruction your teen will be receiving, as well as how many hours of instruction and practice they will receive behind the wheel. Some schools will have three to four other students in a car during the behind-the-wheel portion of instruction, which means your student may be out on the road for two hours, but will only receive a half hour of hands-on time per session.
The Reputation of the Business
It is wise to check with the Better Business Bureau and to look for online reviews of any company you are considering to see if the company has a good reputation or a poor one.
The goal, of course, of any driver’s education course is to have your teen as prepared as possible to drive the roads with confidence, whether he or she will be out on the open highway or stuck in the clogged arteries of a city.
Randy Stepp is a father of two teenagers and a freelance writer. If you have a new teen driver, Randy recommends visiting carinsurance.org.uk to find affordable car insurance.