When looking for Drivers Ed in Atlanta, look for these red flags

  • September 16th, 2015
  • drivesmartgeorgia
  • Drivers Ed
When looking for Drivers Ed in Atlanta, look for these red flags

It seems like just yesterday when you took the training wheels off your child’s first bike. Now, she’s ready to drive a car! As most parents of teens can attest, this milestone comes much too quickly. Your teen may be ready to go full throttle with Driver Education, but as a concerned parent, you might want to pump the brakes first to make sure you pick the best driving school for your new driver.

First and foremost, it’s important to do your homework. If you see red flags, think twice before signing on the dotted line. Just like no two kids are alike, not all driving schools are alike. In fact, there are major differences.

Yes, it can all be a bit confusing. Yes, all schools will meet Joshua’s Law requirements. Most will offer both a classroom session and driving lessons. That’s why it’s important to dig deeper, dear parents. What you see is not always what you get. So, go ahead and jump in. Start your research, but Drive Smart Georgia suggests that you look for these red flags before committing to any one driving school.

  • Bad reviews. Don’t just look at a driving school’s website. Hop on to Google or Yelp and read reviews from other parents that have used a particular driving school. For every one person that posts a bad review, there are dozens that do not. If you see negative reviews, it may be time to look for another school.
  • DUI focus. Many, many driving schools in Atlanta offer a DUI program. If you’re looking for a place that specializes in teaching teens how to drive, a driving school that puts a big emphasis on their DUI program may not be the best fit for your teen driver.
  • More than one student in the car. Most driving schools offer in-car driving lessons, but many will put more than one student in the car. If you want individualized, one-on-one lessons, look for a driving school that offers driving lessons with one student and one instructor in the automobile at a time.
  • Not certified by AAA. The nation’s leading authority on automobile safety is AAA. If you’re a concerned parent who is uncomfortable evaluating driving schools, the AAA network of approved schools is a good place to start. Through its local managers and safety experts, AAA continuously monitors the quality of driving schools, ensuring that its standards are constantly met. In Georgia, there are only two AAA-approved driving schools, including Drive Smart Georgia.

So, relax, parents. Yes, it’s a stressful time. How can your baby possibly be ready to drive? When that time does come, take a deep breath, do your research, look for red flags, and choose the best driving school that fits the needs of you and your new driver. Armed with information, you can feel confident in your driver’s ed decision when it’s time for your child to take the wheel.


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