Parents, have you ever taken driving for granted? Or considered that driving well is an essential skill?
You may think your new driver cares about driving when in fact, the internet or the latest smartphone preoccupies them. Knowing how to drive well will become even more important over the course of his/her life, self-driving cars notwithstanding.
As such, you may want to consider how driving schools will benefit your new driver.
WHY DRIVING SCHOOLS WORK
Driving school, otherwise known as drivers education, is useful for new drivers who are still learning and even licensed drivers who wish to brush up on their skills or reaction time.
When a new driver practices with a family member, it can be frustrating and tensions can rise. With a driving instructor, young drivers are more at ease; they will learn the rules of the road and are more likely to absorb healthy habits.
Schools provide in-class training, real case scenarios (like how to recover from skidding or hydroplaning), and time practicing in a car.
Now let’s take a look at some healthy facts.
THE NUTRITIONAL FACTS
- Your new driver will have real confidence behind the wheel
Much like a school teacher does, anytime an authority recognizes accomplishments or abilities, it boosts the driver’s confidence. Not that your new driver isn’t already confident (maybe even overconfident?), but drivers ed will back his/her skills up with actual knowledge and competency.
For a new driver, this reinforcement works out the rust and nerves so he/she will be less hesitant in dangerous situations where a quick decision is necessary - like a busy intersection or winter roads.
*Have you wondered how to best support your new driver while they’re learning how to drive? We put together a helpful article on the advantages of reward-based learning.
- Saving Lives, collisions, and tickets
The AAA revealed that young drivers who decide to take drivers lessons are involved in fewer collisions and get fewer tickets than their friends who haven’t. Our jaws hit the floor when the study linked drivers ed to “reducing crashes by 4.3 percent and [ticket] convictions by nearly 40 percent”.
In driving school, a new driver learns that speeding and reckless driving is directly linked to their own safety and the safety of other drivers. From rolling stops to checking their cell phones, overall they’ll make better decisions.
- The best offense is a good defense
Defensive driving teaches proactive safety to a new driver when they’re wearing a seatbelt, identifying distractions and removing them within and outside the car, and following speed limits and traffic laws. Plus, it will significantly decrease chances of an accident (and spiking their insurance payments).
In fact, for drivers low on demerits, taking a dedicated defensive driving course can actually shave 3 demerit points off their abstract.
- Driving school makes “cents”
After getting their certificate of completion and a temporary license, new drivers can apply for insurance. Insurance companies look at multiple factors to determine insurance costs, so a new driver showing off their driving school training certificate may reduce their insurance premium. If you’re the one forking the bill, it makes “cents” either way.
Even licensed drivers benefit when they consider that they’ll be better trained to avoid costly traffic tickets and increased insurance rates.
HOW TO CHOOSE A DRIVING SCHOOL
Now which school is right? Whenever you’re choosing a driving school, make sure to ask these questions:
- Is the driving school licensed?
- Are the instructors licensed?
- What teaching methods does the driving school use?
- Are the training vehicles safe?
- Are parents/guardians involved in training?
- Can you learn to drive on a standard transmission?
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THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Your new driver studies at school, practices for sport games, and tests your patience, and when it comes to driving, it will only improve your new driver’s ability to handle stressful road situations if they get drivers education.
If they’re preparing for the road test, try using this Geared To Go workbook to coach your new driver.
For everything else, Carrot can help track, record, and score your new driver’s performance to develop healthy habits!
HOW DO I GET CARROT?
It’s as easy to use as 1,2,3, ABC: by enrolling with InsureMy, connecting your vehicle to the Drive With Carrot App, buckling up, and hitting the road!
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