Until only recently driver education played a key part in the curriculum of many high schools. Due to skyrocketing costs, driver’s education no longer plays an important part in many high schools. Most high schools only offer the classroom driver’s education phase, but no behind-the-wheel learning phase.
Today, only 25% of all eligible drivers take a certified driver education course, which includes the classroom and the behind-the-wheel phase.
The other 75% learn how to drive from family members and friends. The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law states: “A parent/guardian or anyone that’s had their drivers license for at least 3 years will certify that they and others have taught, trained the new driver for a minimum of 50 hours”; this must be logged on the supplied “Supervised Driving Log”, then given to your DMV or MVD. Therefore, parents and other amateurs are now forced to teach the beginning driver behind-the-wheel.
Unfortunately, many of the novice instructors are a threat to themselves, the students they teach and the other drivers on the roads as well.
Until now there has never been a way for the amateur to learn how to instruct driving skills properly. More importantly, there has never been a way for the novice-driving instructor to keep control of the instructional vehicle in dangerous situations that can lead to accidents.
Teaching someone how to drive is no easy job. Even in driver education courses professional instructor training is absolutely essential, because the driving instructors must instill the proper skills and a sense of confidence in the student during the sometimes stressful situations that arise when learning how to drive.
When you, like many parents and other novice driving teachers, take on the responsibility of teaching your children how to drive, you are usually more than a little nervous.
Picture yourself on a Sunday morning with your son or daughter in a parking lot or quiet residential street. This is your first driving lesson; even at the outset you’re apprehensive.
After all, what if your teenager makes a judgement error and he or she loses control of your vehicle? And if the student driver senses any uneasiness from the instructor: you; then they too may become apprehensive. This is something you don’t want to happen.