Driving School Costs: Is It Worth It?

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Driving School Costs: Is It Worth It? | Swerve Driving SchoolOne of the reasons people are hesitant to sign up for the new driver training courses is because of the cost. Driving lessons cost more money than a parent or friend teaching a student to drive, but the extra cost is worth it. Learning to drive is an adventure, so why not start off on the right foot? Here is why driving school is worth the cost.

What is Included?

There are many elements involved in teaching a student how to drive. Classroom instruction, quizzes, and learning the laws is an important part of learning to drive, but it isn’t enough alone. When students pass through the driving school, the fees do help pay the instructor, but they also require:

  • Practice driving a car
  • Supplies for the class
  • Road testing & knowledge testing (**This is not always included in the price and is offered in some states)
  • Practice tests

These costs help ensure that each student receives a full, comprehensive education. Having a firm understanding of the laws and how to operate a car means better driving throughout life. This can save money down the line with fewer tickets for parking and traffic violations.

Driving school can also save money for parents and students every month. Many insurance companies will offer a discount for drivers who have enrolled in a driving school that covers defensive driving skills. This leads to insurance companies processing fewer claims allowing them to pass the savings down to you. Take into account that discounted savings each month, and it starts to add up fast.

Other Benefits of Paying for Driving School

There is more worth to an education than just paying a driving school. Driving hours are required to get a driver’s license once a permit is obtained.

These practice hours are done during daytime and nighttime hours for plenty of practice with a licensed driver in the passenger seat. This helps students feel more prepared once they get their license to drive without supervision and drive alone with confidence.

Driving for the required number of hours together can make or break a relationship. For parents and teenagers, trying to teach the teen how to drive can cause frustration for both parties. Having a neutral, third-party teacher in charge of teaching can ease the tension, putting parents in the role of cheerleaders. This helps parents and teens keep a more positive relationship during driving lessons.

Another benefit of having a driving instructor instead of a parent teaching a teen student to drive is that sometimes it is hard to listen to and take instruction from someone you are comfortable with. Teens are often less likely to listen to their parents’ advice or brush constructive criticism off as overbearing and controlling. Having a driving instructor as the teacher shows clear lines of authority and an expectation of respectful behavior.

For adult driving lessons, learning to drive through a driving school is ideal too. It can all be done quickly and without the help of a friend. Self-study for driving from a manual is difficult, knowing which areas to focus on and having practice questions to run through. Having someone to give helpful advice and instruction is beneficial for new adult drivers.

Experience Matters

Teaching a new driver how to operate a car safely and to really know the rules of the road is a big task. Driving instructors are better equipped to teach students because they have been trained on the best ways to teach and have experience doing it.

Rather than just trying to figure things out as they go, instructors are a helpful resource for driver’s education and the licensing process. They stay up to date on changes in laws too. Using a driving school to learn to drive really is the best way route to take.

Driving Skills Checklist

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Driving Skills Checklist | Swerve Driving SchoolTeaching your teen to drive can be a daunting task. There are specific skills required by state testing for each student to know before receiving their license. Here is a checklist you can refer to, to help review concepts and mark where you need to review information or practice a little more. The list is broken into three sections- beginning, intermediate, and advanced driving skills.

Beginning Skills

These skills should be the basic foundations of driving a vehicle. They include steps to complete before driving and maneuvers done in a parking lot, before ever operating a vehicle on the road.

Skill
Needs Improvement
Good
Mastered
Pre-vehicle inspection   
Reading dashboard gauges   
Starting the vehicle   
Smooth steering and movements   
Adjusting and using mirrors   
Accurate maneuvering of vehicle   
Making accurate, smooth turns   
Backing Up   
Driving Posture and positioning   
Smooth and controlled stopping   
Parking in a marked stall   
Turning off the car   

 

Intermediate Driving Skills

These skills are improved after the basics have been mastered. They are learned and practiced on the road, but not in heavy traffic. Practice should be done once the student has learned the driving laws and what all the signs mean. Master these skills before moving on to the advanced section.

Driving Skill
Needs Improvement
Good
Mastered
Yields to right of way to vehicles and pedestrians   
Keeps a minimum 2-second following distance   
Anticipates and communicates with other drivers   
Obeys road signs and speed limits   
Uses proper turn signals   
Watches out for possible hazards   
Parking vehicle on curb   
Parking at an incline   
Parking at an angle   
Enters and exits roundabouts correctly   
Enters and exits intersections correctly   
Uses proper passing techniques   
Keeps attention on the road   

 

Advanced Skills

Each section of driving skills should build on the other. Once the two lists are mastered and the student has become increasingly comfortable behind the wheel, move on to these advanced skills.

Driving Skill
Needs Improvement
Good
Mastered
Maneuvering in rush hour traffic   
Adjusts driving in bad weather   
Adjusts driving during nighttime hours   
Driving on freeways and highways   
Entering and exiting expressways   
Uses caution around semi-trucks   
Uses caution around motorcycles and bicycles   
Handles complex and multiple driving hazards   
Uses defensive driving techniques   
Looks ahead for escape routes   
Understands emergency procedures   

 

Once the Skills are Mastered

Not all teens are ready to drive at the same time and some need more help than others. Referring to these lists every so often is a great way to know what skills to work on more so that you both know that they are prepared to move on to the next level of skills. Another way to utilize these lists is to recognize the areas your teen has improved. Take the time to acknowledge areas of improvement and encourage their efforts.

If you are taking adult driving classes to learn how to drive yourself, you can use these lists with the help of a friend, significant other, or just yourself as you practice before a test. No matter what stage of life you are in, these skills are required on driving tests for licensing. Once you have mastered each level you or your teen driver should be ready to take your driving test.