If you're looking for a driving school to attend, there are a myriad of factors to consider. The cost of taking a course can vary greatly from school to school, so it pays to do a lot of market research before trying to find a driving school. The school offering the lowest prices may not be the best option, however, because the money isn't being put into the business. Look for signs of investment, such as driving simulators, modern classrooms and well-maintained student cars. The cars should have some special features, such as passenger-side brakes for the instructor and a second rearview mirror for the instructor.
Those of us who have not attended driving school, it meant that a parent or older sibling would berate us to no end in an attempt to pass on some useful tips, but also some bad habits as well. Others may have experienced driving school in the form of school-sponsored driver education courses. In many states, the only way drivers under the age of 18 could obtain a driver's license was to present a certificate of completion from an accredited driving school. Some companies tried to fill the void by certifying students in as little as four days. In my opinion, I would rather go through the entire course and become a well rounded driver. Isn’t that the point of driver education?
Before choosing a school, make sure the company is accredited. One of the main reasons for attending driving school is to lower car insurance rates. It would be wise to ask the proprietor before registering if upon completion would you receive a certificate that you could present to your insurance company. You might receive a decent education at a non-accredited driving school, but you won't see any substantial economic benefits such as insurance savings.
The best driving school provides a combination of classroom instruction, and real-world driving experience.
Learning to drive safely is not just a matter of getting used to the gas pedal and brakes, knowing how to park or simply following the speed limit. There should be courses on defensive driving, local traffic laws, basic vehicle maintenance and the privileges and responsibilities that accompany having a license.
If you are reading this than it is assumed that you are serious about attending a driving school or doing research perhaps on the behalf of your teenage child. A great tool for finding an accredited institution near you, visit Wannadrive and simply type in your Zip Code and click ‘Search’.
Good luck in finding what you are looking for and remember that driving is a privilege, not a right.