For many years driver-education classes were offered at high schools either as part of the regular curriculum or as an after school program. Due this time, the courses were given federal funding.
Due to financial problems and scheduling restraints, the courses no longer receive the funding and the education is now offered as an extracurricular activity and students are supposed to pay an extra fee for the course.
If a teenager does not want to take the courses in school, he/she can take the course at designated driving schools that are privately run. The teenager can also take the course at home.
A while back, a driving course involved one visiting the driving school and having one-one interaction with the teacher; however, as a result of technological advances, new programs have come up.
For example, there are internet, DVDs and other home instructional programs that don't require the student to physically visit the driving school.
Some states such as California recommend and provide legal recognition to various online courses where upon completion the young student is given a learner's permit.
Pros of teenage driving education
There are a number of advantages that come with teenage driving education. When a teenager is taught how to drive by the parent, the two spend a lot of time together which aids in creating a strong bond between the child and the parent.
In addition to creating a strong bond, the parent also has the opportunity of teaching the child life lessons.
Many schools offer virtual driving lessons that allow students to have real-to-life driving experiences without the danger that comes with sitting behind the wheel of a car.
Through the virtual driving lessons, teens get their first driving experience and make driving mistakes and they are able to see and even feel the consequences of their actions. These lessons mold the teenagers into great drivers as they perfect the art of safe driving before they drive a real car.
Cons of teenage driving education
While it's important to teach teenagers how to drive, teenage driving education comes with a number of cons. For example a teenage can take your car and be involved in an accident with it.
This is usually common where a teen begins the driving lessons but he/she does not complete them or he/she is still at the initial stages of the driving lessons.
To avoid this, you should teach your teenager the dangers that come with driving without the right skills.