What reasons would someone over 55 have for taking an online driver’s education course? Primarily, the two reasons are to improve your safety as a driver and the second would be to qualify for an insurance discount.
Although effective, driving lessons from an accredited driving school can become expensive due to the fact that most will charge by the hour. There is also a scheduling issue. The benefits of taking an online course are that it is much less expensive, it can be done on your own time and it can save you money.
Classroom courses are offered for mature drivers, as well as other driver improvement and education topics. Make sure you sign up for a course that covers issues for mature drivers. If you are like most people who have been out of school for a while, the thought of sitting behind a desk for hours makes you uncomfortable. If you prefer the traditional classroom setting, than you should contact a driving school in your area.
Your mature driver course should be able to cover most of the material in four to eight hours. To avoid losing interest or the feeling in your legs from sitting too long, look for a course with two or four hour blocks. And remember to learn from your peers while attending class―sharing your driving concerns is a huge advantage of the traditional classroom format.
In rural areas the mature driver’s course may be offered far from your home. Look on the bright side―the time you spend commuting to the course is time you can spend practicing what you've learned. On the other hand, between expensive fuel and personal commitments, you may want to find a course closer to home.
You can't get any closer to home than with an online course or software program. Many mature drivers prefer the computer courses because the learning pace is determined by you. And, when sitting at your computer you can repeat sections over and over until you commit the information to memory.
So what does it all cost? Believe it or not, you may spend more for a computer course than you would for a mature driver’s classroom course. But the two options are not really equal. Mature drivers online refresher courses can cover a tremendous amount of material and sometimes offer around-the-clock question and answer services.
Your learning style will help you choose a mature driver's course. If you are really committed to keeping your license, make the best of both worlds―take computer courses and traditional classes.
The reasons for taking a mature driver's course are compelling. When you are considering giving up your license you are really contemplating some serious life changes. Before taking that step, unless you have strong reasons for giving up your license, take a chance on mature driver’s improvement classes. The hardest part is the beginning; once you commit to improving your driving, find an appropriate course, and put in your time, you will look back and wonder why you didn't do it sooner.