Driver Education

Written by Norene Anderson
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Driver education is a requirement in all but 13 of the states. The days are gone in many states where mom and dad can take their teen out in the country and teach him or her to drive. Many states require the driving course to be taught by a teacher who is certified in driver training. Other states accept the education from online schools. Not all online sources are accepted by every state. If your state allows driver training online, make sure it accepts the particular course you want to take before applying.

States have different age requirements before an individual may take the course. Some states allow a learner's permit to be issued at the age of 15 with license eligibility at 16 years of age. Other states do not issue a license to drive until the age of 18 years. In the states requiring driver education, it is necessary to show proof of passing the course before being granted any type of license to drive.

Alternative to Driver Education

Many schools are no longer offering driver education as part of the standard curriculum. It has been determined to be less than cost effective in the overall consideration of educational funding. This has led to the development of alternative methods of training for teens or anyone learning to drive. It is hard in some locations to find a place to get hands-on driving experience.

In some locations, it is possible to do a virtual driving course where you are in a type of simulator and actually experience the feel of driving. This allows a safe place to learn how to start up, slow down, apply brakes, turn corners, and everything else there is to know about driving. After many hours in this type of simulator, the driver applicant is prepared to get a permit and start driving with a licensed driver along for the ride.

Reduce Insurance Premiums

Insurance premiums are usually lower for individuals with a driver education course to their credit. This is a way of letting the insurer know the driver is well aware of proper safety measures in all types of driving. Taking the training enhances confidence in the driver. This comes out in the driver's ability to handle emergencies or unexpected driving situations. Awareness of surroundings is more acute. This makes the driver less likely to be involved in an accident.

Nothing is quite as heart stopping as looking in the rear view mirror and seeing flashing red lights. Whether you are speeding or not, your heart takes a flying leap. The problem is that most who are stopped are speeding, and many are speeding a lot. This can result in a hefty fine, especially if a DUI or DWI is added to the violation. Taking a course in driving is one way to reduce or remove the points that have a detrimental effect on insurance and on the ability to retain driving privileges.

Driver Education Certification

Before enrolling in any driver education course, make sure it is recognized by the state issuing the license to drive. If the course is required due to a traffic violation or infraction, verify by the issuing state that it will meet the requirements to satisfy the offense. Some training companies are not certified to meet the state requirements.

Driving safety is not something to take for granted. Nearly 50,000 people are killed annually in automobile accidents. There are almost three million people injured every year. This gives an overview of the importance of driving with caution. Driver education is one of the best ways to learn proper and safe driving techniques, regardless of your age. This is the first step in reducing the number of accidents and injuries.


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