So you’ve decided to enrol yourself or your teenager to driving school. Problem is how do you choose the best one? Below is a rundown of some of the basic things to look for when looking up driving schools. It is important to know all you can about the driving school you are enrolling into. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste your money and compromise yours and your child’s safety right? Driving is a skill you will probably use for most of your life after you’ve learned it so it is important to seek the most solid of foundations when it comes to driving.
In Australia, there are probably hundreds if not thousands of registered driving schools. Given the overwhelming number of options available to you how do you distinguish the good from the bad? It is important to ask both the school and the instructor if they have been properly certified by national regulating bodies. The instructor for example should have a valid Driving Instructor License issued by the RTA (Roads and Traffic Authority). He or she should also be a member of Australian Driver Trainers Association or ADTA. ADTA is the representative body of professional driving instructors in Australia. The organization qualifies and ensures trainers to provide a high standard of instruction in driving all types of vehicles.
There are a lot of similarities in the courses that driving schools offer. Although the courses are pretty standard, there are driving schools that optimize the courses to maximize retention and practical application by the students. You might like to inquire if the school provides supplementary material for the student to take home. Are the courses structured? Do they offer “Low Risk” (Hazard Awareness) and defensive driving? For parents who are enrolling their teenagers you might also want to inquire if they have a system in place that allows the parents to monitor and support the child’s progress.
It is also important to consider where the school is located. The location of the school could help you narrow down your choices as it would be advisable to enroll in a driving school close to where you live or where you work. You might also want to ask them if they are willing to change drop-off and pick-up points to suit your schedule.
To give you a head start on your search for a good driving school you may want to check out Hiway Driving School and contact them for more details.