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Does driving school prepare teens well enough for the open road?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

It is no secret that teenagers have very specific goals and dreams, one of which is getting a driver’s license and taking to the streets.

To minimize the risks associated with having young, inexperienced drivers on the road, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has enacted a graduated driver licensing law that requires new drivers to take a driver’s course before attaining a license.

What are the benefits of driver education?

There are several ways in which driver education class benefits the holder of a learner’s permit, including:

  • Gives teens access to personalized lessons with professional driving instructors
  • Provides knowledge and experience to pass the written competency and practical skills driver’s exams
  • Satisfies the requirement to take Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course before applying for a Florida license
  • Allows teens to gain the confidence needed to take the wheel

Where does the curriculum fall short?

While driving school offers a great start to a driver’s career, it may not cover everything one needs to know about safety out in the real world. New drivers lack the wisdom that comes with experience. Certain threats can arise that may overwhelm a teen driver, such as inclement weather, breakdowns and road rage incidents. Additionally, the urges of some teens to push boundaries can lead to avoidable accidents and civil personal injury claims. The more practice young drivers get under the supervision of responsible licensed adults, the better prepared they will be to handle tough situations on the roadways.

As a parent of a new driver, you deserve peace of mind knowing your teen is ready for the challenges of the open road.