In-Person drivers class is better

Ash Catalan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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A significant milestone of adolescence is earning their driver’s permit. It’s a mark of independence and responsibility in a teenager’s life and proves they’re capable of safe driving. How can you ensure that you learn the most you can about road safety and driving laws? I strongly encourage that parents and their teenagers to consider attending an in-person driving school.

One of the best reasons to take driving school in a classroom environment is that a trained professional is teaching the course. The instructor has taught students for a long time, they know what works and what does not, and they probably have more knowledge about current driving laws than a parent.

Driving instructors are expected to be able to answer any road safety questions a kid may have. In most cases with online school, the parent will have to do some of the instructing in addition to the online content. Keep in mind it has probably been a while since your parents have had to pass a driving test, and they might not be in the loop on the new laws or remember what is logistically the best way to navigate an encounter that may have not been covered in the online course. I know I had a lot of questions about driving when I first started taking lessons, and my parents couldn’t answer every single one. I sometimes went to class with a question in mind, and my instructor was always able to provide an answer to my questions.

As much as we hate to admit, teenagers struggle with self-regulation. I know
for sure that I do. Teens are good about putting self-paced online classes off. I have friends who have taken months to complete the driver’s ed course online. Of course, everyone is different and some do have the means to complete the course in a timely manner. Online classes, also help students avoid information overload or the problem of going through the course so fast that you don’t retain information. A classroom where the course is paced in a way that you can truly retain and learn safety laws can be beneficial in a way you might not see.

I attempted to do online classes to accelerate my credits and found that I kept telling myself that I’d do that work tomorrow, or not put enough time aside to focus on my course.

An important portion of driving school is the behind-the-wheel part. I found it much more relaxing to drive with a professional instructor than my own parents. Obviously, I was more nervous, but the teacher knew better than to yell at some poor 15-year-old. Parents might be tempted to yell at their children if they make a mistake, show nervousness, or be confused as to how to teach their kids the mechanics of driving. is can lead to issues like parents refusing to drive with their child or the child being too frustrated to be behind the wheel with them. Overall,
I am glad I took the classroom route of driver’s ed. I found it suitable for the type of driver and person I am. I can also say my education was effective, as I have never gotten into a crash or a ticket. And I’ve never been that driver who other drivers turn their heads around to see the tool who just did a U-turn on the highway.