Teaching a student to drive is one of the biggest challenges a parent can face. A driving instructor is only required for 6 out of the State-mandated 50 hours needed for the graduated driver license (GDL). Parents are responsible for 44 or more hours! Parents and students need to work together in a new way, with a level of detachment of personal feelings and fears. A professional instructor can help families navigate this physical and emotional journey.
Parents and guardians passing on their driving knowledge and experience to their teens is a good thing. In fact, they have been teaching the students from the first day, since passengers will imitate and assimilate what they witness every day, whether it's from the front or the back seat.
The more experience a teen can be exposed to behind the wheel, the better. Every experience helps build the knowledge base of the student— weather, road conditions, different times of day, different locations and increasing levels of difficulty. However, despite their good intentions, adults might have picked up bad driving habits over time, and might not be aware of the latest traffic code.
"Another concern is that parents may not know how many lessons you need, or might rush your driving lessons to get them finished quickly rather than taking the time to teach you properly and increase your driving experience." - Admiral Financial Services
A professional driving instructor:
is certified by the State (re-certified every year) and knows the latest laws.
has trained many students of differing abilities in varying situations.
will remain calm, and focus solely on the student's driving ability for the entire time of the appointment.
makes sure to cover the entire spectrum of driving techniques, in a manner appropriate to the skill level of the student.
knows from experience how to deliver feedback to the student.
is trained to teach students how to be safe on the road in a variety of situations (many of the “firsts” that a parent may be fearful to attempt at an early level).
has a brake on their side to help the student learn good habits and to keep the student safe on the roads.