I have a lot of friends with teenagers who are using driving schools in addition to or in lieu of teaching driving themselves.
A friend out here was so happy with the instructor that taught her first daughter that she used him again for her second. She liked using him because she says he is extremely calm and she thinks the girls take it more seriously coming from him than from them. I was impressed that one of his driving lessons included driving on the freeway to the city’s airport and navigating a fake passenger pick up at the airport. (That’s hard for me! That airport has tons of cars and is difficult to circle.)
A high school friend, Davilyn Keller of Hall County, took the class Fear This For Life (sometimes known as TVOC) with her son. She highly recommended it to all her friends on Facebook. (She also posted videos of the experience.)
“I highly recommend this class, even so much to say it should be required for all new drivers. Defensive Driving courses don’t hold a candle to this course! The students do several runs of sudden braking, several runs of braking and swerving around danger in the road, like a child, and actually a few runs of driving off the road. They also do a course of parallel parking and driving in reverse through the course using mirrors. With all the seriousness of learning, my son and I had a lot of fun and laughed.”
Here’s what the website says about his eight-hour course teaching teens accidents avoidance skills, designed and taught by P.O.S.T. Certified Police Academy Instructors:
“What Is TVOC?
TVOC, (Teen Vehicle Operations Course) is based on? EVOC, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, which is Internationally known for Police Training for all levels of Law Enforcement, all of our Instructors are Peace Officers Standard and Training Council Certified EVOC Instructors.
- Our goal is to help teens have a better understanding of accident avoidance skills for today’s driving environment.
- Who better to teach our teens the skills they need for the street than Police Academy Instructors?
- TVOC, Experienced Police Instructors, giving their years of experience and knowledge to your teen to use the next time they are behind the wheel.
- Driving is a hands on activity and you need hands on instruction, TVOC gives you that.
- Physical vehicle skills, coupled with the knowledge of how and why vehicle behave the way they do, is what makes TVOC so valuable to teens and adults alike.”
I think taking something alone or with your parents would be more effective than taking it with a group of your classmates. I think kids would want to seem cool and wouldn’t take it as seriously. But alone or with their folks I think they could really absorb it.
What other driving courses do you recommend? Do you think teens receive information better from outsiders than from parents? Do you think police or trained driving instructions can teach the skills better (like a swim instructor or diving instructor)?