In-car driving lessons prepare teen drivers to hit the road safely
In-car driving lessons at Drive Smart Georgia can be a bit daunting, especially for nervous new drivers and their equally nervous parents. Have no fear, this isn’t our first rodeo! In fact, we’ve been doing this for 13 years and have taught more than 50,000 teens how to drive. You’re in good hands, but we certainly understand your concerns.
It seems like just yesterday when you took the training wheels off your child’s bike. Yikes. Now, it’s 2023 and time for your baby to learn how to drive a car. This all-important milestone is an exciting time for teens, but can be a bit scary for concerned parents, like you!
Rest assured…it will be OK. Take a few deep breaths and relax. We’ve got you covered. If your child is going to start in-car driving lessons at Drive Smart Georgia soon, here is what you can expect.
Questions & answers about in-car driving lessons
at Drive Smart Georgia
Here is everything you need to know about in-car driving lessons at Drive Smart Georgia
How to schedule driving lessons
Q: When should I schedule In-Car Driving Lessons?
A: After your teen driver completes the 30-hour Drivers Ed class, you’ll receive an email from us with instructions on how to create a new account on Drive Scout, our proprietary and easy-to-use scheduling software.
When you click on the link in the email, you’ll be prompted to fill out an online form with your teen’s information and your info too. It typically takes up to 72 hours after submitting the form to verify and activate your account.
Once activated, you’ll then be able to schedule your teen’s driving lessons on Drive Scout. Don’t forget to write down your login and password info.
Q: Can my teen immediately begin driving lessons?
A: Yes, our students can begin their driving lessons upon completion of the Drivers Ed class and when their Drive Scout account is activated.
Because students need time to practice what they learned during a lesson before proceeding to the next one, they must wait seven days between sessions.
Our fleet of cars is awesome!
Q: What is the car like? Is it safe?
A. Absolutely! All of our cars are dependable late models that are always clean. Plus, our entire fleet is inspected regularly by the Dept. of Driver Services. The best news for nervous parents is that there is an extra brake and accelerator on the instructor’s side – just in case. So, take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered!
What happens during an in-car driving lesson?
Q: What will my teen work on during the driving lessons?
A: As you might imagine, our students have varying levels of experience out on the road. Therefore, instructional needs are as different as each individual student. In other words, no two lessons are ever alike.
Based on experience, our highly trained and patient instructors will cover how to handle the vehicle, road signs, rules of the road, and basic road skills (straight line backing, parallel parking and the turn-about). Your teen will practice IPDE (identify, predict, decide, and execute). Residential, interstate, and rush hour driving will also be covered as experience warrants.
Q: Does the instructor provide feedback after each lesson?
A. Absolutely! Our instructors meet with parents both before and after each lesson. Prior to the lesson, we discuss student needs and parent expectations. Following the lesson, we review progress and skills that were mastered and ones that require more practice.
Additionally, the instructor will post a detailed report card on the student’s Drive Scout account. Parents can view the assessment 24 hours after each in-car driving lesson.
How can parents help teens become safe drivers?
Q: What can I do between lessons to help my child become a better driver?
A. Practice, practice, and more practice. Your teen driver’s comfort level and confidence increase over time with behind-the-wheel experience. Teaching a teen to drive is a partnership between the driving school and the parent. Obviously, the student is not going to learn how to drive in a single lesson or even over the 6-hour program.
In addition to other state requirements, your teen must have 40 hours of supervised driving experience on the road, which must include six hours of night driving, to be eligible to obtain a driver’s license. Practice is the best way to guarantee your teen’s road test readiness and safety out on the road when they become licensed, unsupervised drivers. Learning to drive is a marathon, not a sprint.
Q: Where can we practice parallel parking?
A. Our location in Johns Creek features the biggest practice facility in Metro Atlanta. It’s set-up with cones to practice parallel parking. Feel free to stop by to brush up those tricky skills when the course is not occupied by an instructor/student.
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