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High School Drivers Education? Ask These Questions Before Your Child Skips This Course

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What are the benefits of a high school driver's education course? You could teach your teen to drive—or you could enroll them in a class/private lessons. If you're not sure why to choose high school driving lessons, take a look at the questions to ask right now.

Do You Know the Rules of the Road?

You know what a stop sign means and to slow down as you approach a yellow light. Even though you know how to drive, you may not have a professional level of expertise. A driver's education instructor knows all the rules of the road and can help your child to learn them before they take a written permit or licensing test. 

Do You Feel Comfortable Helping A New Driver?

If you clench your teeth and grab the seat of the car every time your child gets behind the wheel you aren't alone. The first few days, weeks, or even months are nerve-wracking for most parents. There's no need to add stress onto an already-stressful situation. If your nerves are making your child anxious (or making it challenging for you to sit in the passenger seat without breaking into a sweat), let a professional help. 

Does Your Insurance Offer A Discount?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, every state has a vehicular financial responsibility law. This means your teen will need auto insurance to drive your, or their, car. Some insurance companies offer a discount to teen drivers after the completion of a driver's ed course. This doesn't mean you can teach your child how to drive and ask for a discount. Instead, you will need to provide proof that your child took and passed a professional high school driver's education program.

Does Your State Require A Driver's Ed Course?

While driver's education isn't a requirement everywhere, some states do require this type of pre-licensure course. Failure to fulfill your state's requirements means your child can't take their license test. If you're not sure whether your state requires teens and other new drivers to take a and pass a course, ask the department of motor vehicles/drivers or a qualified driver's ed instructor for more information. 

Does Your Teen Need More Time Behind the Wheel?

How much time can you devote to driver's training? Some states have a minimum number of practice hours requirement to become a licensed driver. Whether your state sets a minimum of road-time hours or not, your teen can use as much practice as possible. If work, your other children, or anything else makes it almost impossible to drive with your child for several hours each week (or more), seriously consider a driver's ed program.

For more information, contact a driver's education program in your area, such as Delta Driving School