Drivers ed is an experience that all drivers — regardless of age — should pursue and enroll in. Going far beyond basic driving lessons and techniques, the beginner driving courses take an in-depth look at what responsible driving really means. From instructional coursework to real videos about real people, drivers ed offers a well-rounded introduction to the sometimes scary and overwhelming reality of driving.
If you’re interested in signing your child or yourself up for drivers ed classes, but aren’t familiar with the expectations, you may have quite a few questions. Let’s take a look at the ones that are most commonly asked.
- What do students need to bring to class? When students come to class for the first time, they’ll need their driver’s permit (if they have one) and a positive attitude. Most other materials will be provided by the driving school unless otherwise specified. As long as students possess a willingness to learn and better their skills, they’ll be fully prepared to begin.
- Can a student miss one day of drivers ed? If absolutely necessary, missing one class won’t set them too far behind. However, this is not recommended — without constant reinforcement, it can be easy to forget what you’ve just learned, so unless there is an emergency situation, try to make sure your child makes it to every class.
- When should I schedule in-car driving lessons? Depending on the program you’re enrolled in, in-car lessons are provided. That being said, it’s recommended that your child has 20 hours of driving experience before they begin in-car driving lessons; we want to make sure that they’re comfortable and confident enough to hit the road with someone other than their parent.
- What can I do as a parent to help? One of the best things parents can do is support what is being learned in school: be a good example and follow the rules of the road, and talk about what your child has learned that day over dinner. If you’re constantly reinforcing positive driving behaviors through both telling and showing, your child will most likely pick them up themselves.
If all 214 million licensed drivers in America were required to attend driving school, the roads would be a safer place. Don’t hesitate to get involved in your local drivers ed program; sign your child up for lessons today.