Popularity And Effectiveness of Online Driver Education

Driver Education 9Going online to take a driver education course is becoming very popular because it is not only convenient, it saves a lot of time and money. Compared to the boring routine of attending driver education classes, one can now study in the comfort of their home, at their own pace, whenever and wherever they want.

Online driving courses are designed to be fun, interesting and easy for people of all ages. It is especially convenient for young drivers who are ready for a driver’s license, yet do not have time to attend an additional driver’s education classes. Most online driver education courses do not have any fixed schedule or time line for completing the course, which means that there is no pressure at all.

There are a variety of accredited driver education courses available online offerings different options for different states and varying in prices and packages depending on the program you choose. Do an online search to find a recognized driver education school that is certified by the stated, study the course material assigned and complete each chapter at their own pace until they pass the final exam and receive a certificate of having successfully completed the course.

Mirrors Importance And Usage – Crucial Driver’s Education

Most driving schools spend very little time on teaching proper mirror adjustment as part of their driver’s ed program. And yes, it’s important enough to understand a concept like mirror adjustment that its worth reading a short article like this on the topic.

First off, lets talk about “rear view mirror history”. A little known fact is that the use of rear view mirrors in the automobile was ushered in via auto racing in the early 20th century. The rear view mirror was invented by Ray Harroun, who also won the first race at the Indianapolis Speedway in 1911. The real driving force, so to speak, behind the rear view mirror was to eliminate a second person who acted as an observer and the resulting weight reduction became a large benefit in a race.

Over history, driver’s education has at best given lip service to mirror adjustment and proper use. Modern driving schools will actually instruct their students how to properly adjust their mirrors. And then once they are properly setup, part of the driver training process is to continually drill students on proper mirror use in conjunction with turning, lane changes, etc.

For those experienced drivers, how many of us have started to make a lane change and then realized that there was indeed another car in a blind spot? I know I have – at least prior to being trained to correctly use mirrors at SWERVE Driving School. It is interesting that most drivers were never taught, as part of their driver’s education, that blind spots are not necessary. As a matter of fact, with a small amount of driving lesson instruction, these blind spots can be virtually “tuned-out”.Driver Education 7

Ok, so here’s the secret to “blind spot free” driving that is taught by some driving schools in 3 simple steps:

Get in the driver’s seat, adjust position, etc.
Tilt your head to the left as far as you can and adjust your left mirror to just see a small “sliver” of the side of your car
Tilt your head to the right as far as you can and adjust your right mirror to just see a small “sliver” of the right side of the car
Then move your head to the normal, center position and you notice that you cannot see either side of your car anymore. Don’t worry – your mirror wasn’t stolen nor did it decide to run off into the sunset. You will now be able to see cars as they enter and exit around your vehicle leaving virtually no blind spot.

As mentioned, modern high quality driving schools teach this as well as many other techniques that have been developed as tools for novice drivers. The sad part is that driver training, in general, has not evolved over time and it is a rare school that actually teaches their students to be great drivers.

Driver’s Lessons For Teens – Tips on What Parents Should Do

Are you a parent or guardian of a student driver? Teaching your teen to drive can be a bonding experience. You can be the one who teaches them how to drive safely and responsibly. Whether you plan on teaching them alone, or want to work with their driver’s education teacher, there are many things you can do to help them learn how to drive.

Here are a few tips and guidelines on what you, as a parent, can do.

Communication is perhaps the most important thing. You can’t simply lecture or yell at your teen if they make a mistake. You must first offer them clear instructions on what to do. Be patient. Encourage them to ask questions. If they mess up, stay calm and explain to them what they did wrong in a positive manner.
There is a set number of hours that a student driver must practice driving in order to be eligible to take the road test. The number of hours may vary from state to state, so find out what they are in your area. Help them make a log of their practice sessions. List the times and add in details about each practice session, including the roads and weather conditions.Driver Education 5
Find out what the laws are regarding nighttime driving with underage drivers. There is usually a set time each night during which students with learner’s permits can practice. Make sure you teach them how to turn the headlights on, and when and where it’s appropriate to turn on the bright lights and low beams.
It’s always best (and common sense for that matter) to start out in a vacant parking lot. Take things slowly and easily – there is enough time for them to progress before they take the test. Also, make sure they learn how to pull into a parking place. Use objects such as crates in place of cars in an empty parking lot.
As your teen becomes more experienced, you can allow them to venture out on more difficult roads. Also, try to arrange a practice session when it’s raining. Let them get an idea of what it’s like to drive in poor weather conditions.
No matter what happens, don’t panic. If you panic, your teen will feel nervous or even scared, and this will only make things worse. Try to stay calm no matter what. As long as you take things slowly and communicate with them effectively, they should do all right. If the student driver is also taking a driver’s education class, you should keep in touch with the instructor that everyone is on the same page.