Like anything else, an Internet search for driving schools will generate hundreds of hits – and of course, everyone is the best. Sometimes, it can be difficult to choose. But at the same time, there are a few basics you need to know before choosing a driving school. And those basics should apply to every driving school. For example, in Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation oversees, approves and endorses reputable driving schools. In addition, teaching materials and instructors are also governed by the MTO. And if a driving school is considered a Private Career College, that’s an added bonus. All of these endorsements reflect a school that is worth considering.
An established and recognized driving school will always have a roster of driving instructors who are licensed and certified by the MTO. If the school is endorsed by a group like the Ontario Safety League, that’s another added bonus. As for driver training, the curriculum should combine driver theory (that’s the material studied in-class) and in-car training (on-road hours of driving instruction). This combination will properly prepare a student to become a proficient and well-trained driver. A school that offers some personalization that suits an individual student’s needs, is a great feature, and worth asking about.
Beyond the merits of a particular driving school, the student should be aware of personal needs, because everyone has different pre-requisites and expectations. As an example, having a low ratio between teacher and student may suit one person and not another. The fact is, it makes for a more personal and hands-on teaching experience, especially if that’s preferred. Another thing to consider is extent of in-car training – a good driving school will offer training that includes day-time, night-time and highway driving. This is a comprehensive approach that offers the student driver very valuable road experiences.
In today’s crazy driving environment, which includes “all-day” rush hour, study time dedicated to driver theory shouldn’t be underestimated. Good driving schools always emphasize theory. This would include topics of instruction like traffic laws, speed regulations, and safe driving practices. It’s this kind of instruction that will come in handy during challenging situations, and of course, contributes to becoming a safe and responsible driver. Before choosing a driving school, make sure that they provide more than just the basics – after all, driver training is supposed to last a lifetime, so the more in-depth and through, the better.
It’s often tempting to choose a driving school when a special deal is offered or advertised. But driving lessons are far too important to be based just on the price. Driver education (especially for a young driver or a new driver) should be quality-based, and that translates into well-trained instructors and a well-rounded curriculum. When it comes to testing and licensing, your driving school should also be at your side. They should be assisting in arranging a test date; they should be available for advice and guidance; and they should be focused on helping you succeed with the examination. Bottom line, they should be sending you off as a good driver!