5 reasons to book summer 2021 Drivers Ed now
Will your teen driver need summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes soon? If so, the time to book them is now. Right now. So, exactly why should you book summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes two months or longer ahead of time? Please check out the five reasons below to book summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes now.
Reason #1: More students than ever need Drivers Ed this summer
Due to the pandemic, Drive Smart Georgia closed our doors for 7 weeks. Plus, many parents decided to hold off on Drivers Ed and in-car lessons until they thought it was safer. Many students who were eligible to take Drivers Ed in 2020 have opted to take it in 2021.
That means demand is up for summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes. The key is to book them early to secure the best dates and times. Yes, we are able to offer online options like a Zoom class with a real teacher in real time or an online program with a convenient start/stop option. However, many parents are opting for in-person Drivers Ed classes, especially since we have super-safe COVID-19 precautions in place. For more details, see reason #4.
Reason #2: Take Drivers Ed early to get those drives in
If your teen wants to get his or her Georgia driver’s license before the first day of school, make sure they can complete their in-car driving lessons.
Drive Smart Georgia strongly suggests 7 days between driving lessons. That’s because students need time to work on and perfect the skills they learned from their instructor.
Our cars run from 7 am until 10 pm, but it may be a bit more difficult to book a lesson during the busy summer months. That’s why it’s important to book now to take summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes in late May or early June.
By doing so, your teen will have plenty of time to book and take the three 2-hour in-car driving lessons in time to apply for their campus parking permit before the start of school.
Reason #3: Apply now for the Georgia Driver’s Education
The Georgia Department of Driver Services designated Drive Smart Georgia as an authorized provider of the Drivers Ed scholarship program to qualified families.
Georgia residents ages 15-17 can apply for the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship, sponsored by the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC). The scholarship program satisfies all Joshua’s Law requirements. Furthermore, all grant recipients can take the program with NO out-of-pocket cost.
If you plan on applying for the scholarship program, it’s important to apply now because it can take up to a few weeks for the approval process.
To learn more about the Drivers Ed Scholarship program, click here.
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Reason #4: Strict COVID-19 safety precautions in our classrooms
Rest assured that we are taking precautions to keep our students safe!
COVID-19 precautions in our classrooms
Safety in our classrooms is still priority at Drive Smart Georgia.
However, in keeping with the Gov. Kemp’s recent executive order and CDC guidelines, Drive Smart Georgia has revised our COVID-19 precautions in classrooms to below.
- Prior to entering the classroom, each student must answer a quick health questionnaire and have their temperature checked with a no-contact scan thermometer.
- If our teachers have shown proof of being fully vaccinated, they have the option of wearing a mask during Drivers Ed classes.
- Fully vaccinated students do not have to wear a mask during class. If parents or students are
- concerned about Covid-19, they always have the option to wear a mask, even if fully vaccinated. Students who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask throughout the 30-hour course.
- Before and after each and every class, Drive Smart Georgia will use a commercial-grade disinfecting unit that is 100% safe to not only remove germs, but to disinfect them. This is an above and beyond precaution that we are happy to offer.
- In addition to using our commercial-grade disinfecting unit, our teacher will disinfect all surfaces (doors, doorknobs, light switches, desks, chairs, faucets, desks, chairs, pens – everything that is touched!) three times per day. Yes, we have plenty of hand sanitizer for all students too.
Reason #5: Strict COVID-19 safety precautions in our vehicles
Drive Smart Georgia is is also keeping our driving lessons and road tests safe for our students.
- All lessons will continue to be conducted from our locations in order to give our instructors more time to disinfect our vehicles between sessions.
- Before the lesson, each student must answer a quick health questionnaire and have their temperature checked with a no-contact scan thermometer.
- If both the instructor and student are fully vaccinated, neither has to wear a mask during the driving lesson. Even though their child is fully vaccinated, parents can request that the instructor wear a mask and we will be happy to comply. We ask for honesty from our parents about whether their teens are fully vaccinated or not.
- Our instructors have signed agreements that they will not report to work if they do not feel well.
- Upon arrival, please stay in your vehicle. You will receive a text from your instructor when your driving lesson is scheduled to start. The text will include the vehicle number of the car your child will use for the lesson. Vehicle numbers are located on the front and back bumpers of our cars. Our instructor will be standing next to the vehicle. We’re doing this to limit your contact with our office staff. Everything will be conducted outside or in the vehicle.
- Instructors will disinfect every surface, switch, mirror, steering wheel, seats and more before and after each driving lesson.
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