In previous blogs, I have mentioned the importance of getting your teen to learn proper techniques with a professional, but how do you choose which driving school or instructor is right for your teen? Different instructors have different teaching styles, some of which may not be the right fit for your teen. Follow the next few steps to help you find an instructor that will match your teen’s needs!
Do Your Research
Your first step should be to do some research. There are a few ways to find driving schools and instructors in your area:
- Google search
- Driving School Association of the Americas website
- Ask friends or family for referrals
Start to compile a list of schools that you would like to look into further, then move to the next step.
It is essential to read reviews or customer testimonials for any school or instructor. This will help give you a better understanding of the teaching style and if it will be the best condition for your teen to learn. Reviews can also outline any issues parents or teens may have struggled with, which may be a red flag for you to avoid.
After reading reviews for each of the schools or instructors you had previously listed, your list should now be shorter.
Contact the School/Instructor
Contacting the school or instructor will give you better insight into how the program is laid out and delivered to your new-driving teen. You may want to consider asking the following questions:
- Which topics are covered in the program?
- How are parents involved?
- How much experience does the instructor have, and which certifications do they have?
- How is the program delivered? (Online, In-Person, Mix)
- How many hours of practice with a driving professional are included?
Once you have answers to the questions above and any other you may have in mind, you will be able to narrow your list down further.
Other Aspects to Consider
When you find the right driving school or instructor for your teen, you will know. You must trust them and feel that your teen will get the most significant value from their program. Here is a list of other aspects that you may want to consider before making your final decision:
- What types of vehicles are used for training?
- Where is the location?
- Think about convenience, where is an accessible location?
- What is the schedule like? Is it flexible to your teen’s schedule?
- Will, your teen, have access to insurance discounts from successfully completing the program?
- What is the class size?
Cost is also another critical aspect to consider. Ensure that your teen will receive a quality learning experience for the price you are paying. The reviews and going through what will be taught in the curriculum will help you decide whether the price suits the program. It may also help to compare programs with one another to show you where one program lacks versus another.
If possible, have your teen meet the instructor. Do they get along well? Does your teen feel that the instructor or school will be a good fit for them?
Try to start looking for a driving school or instructor ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to do your research and make the best decision for you and your teen. But don’t forget, although your teen may be enrolled in a driving school program, they still need additional practice with you! Keep an eye out in the near future for a downloadable PDF on our homepage that includes a driving log to track your teen’s practice hours.