When it comes to driver’s ed instructors and driving schools in Orange County, you need to find the right one. One you can trust to teach your kid to become a safe, skilled driver.
And trust us when we say that not all driving schools are created equal.
A 2011 article by AOL Autos highlighted studies that have shown driver’s ed companies do not make student drivers any safer or skilled than if they had no formal instruction from a driving school. Sadly, as we all know, teenagers are the most risky and dangerous demographic behind the wheel. We are committed to reversing that statistic.
We do believe in the value of driver’s education for teenagers, but we are also aware that not all driving schools in Orange County are doing their students justice.
Here’s how to find a good driving school in Orange County:
While your initial reaction might be to sign your kid up for the driver’s ed program with the highest DMV pass rate, just hold yer horses for a second. This could be a red flag.
Obviously you don’t want to send your kid to a driving school that has a very low DMV pass rate; however, a school that boasts too much about their high pass rate may be “teaching for the exam.” Some of these schools spend an unreasonable amount of time teaching parallel parking, or driving the same route that the DMV instructor uses, rather than giving the student a diverse, realistic experience of what driving in Orange County is like.
If your driver’s ed instructor isn’t afraid to hold a student back if they’re not ready to take the DMV test, chances are they are genuinely concerned about the student’s safety and skill level.
What do you know?
You’re the parent. You know your child better than we do. Hopefully you’re involved in your kid’s driver education experience. We offer Packages of 6, 10, and 50 hours of behind the wheel training, but we also encourage you to take an active role in helping your student driver learn to navigate the Orange County roads and freeways cautiously, safely, and skillfully.
In any event, we go above and beyond to keep parents in the know. First off, we welcome parent ride-alongs. And second, on every behind-the-wheel lesson, we take an iPad with our unique Advanced Grading System. During each behind-the-wheel lesson, the instructor takes detailed notes of both strengths and weaknesses. A grade is given, and then discussed in detail with the parent. The instructor will make recommendations on what the student should be working on for the next lesson.
Use the Time Wisely
Here are just a few of the complaints we’ve heard that give Orange County driving schools a bad rap:
- “The instructor looked like he just rolled out of bed.”
- “The instructor had my kid drive him around on his personal errands.”
- “There were other students in the car and it was a distraction.”
You should know that at Safety 1st, we take our jobs very seriously. Our instructors are DMV certified; however, we go above and beyond with our own – more rigorous – instructor training requirements. The instructor WILL show up on time, and he or she WILL look professional and be ready to teach.
Your student’s driving time is their time. We will NOT allow any personal business to take place during your student’s behind-the-wheel training. And we don’t allow piggybacking, either. That means only one student in the car at a time. We are focused solely on your kid.
These are just a few of the ways Safety 1st strives to be Orange County’s premier driving school. We invite you to give us a call. We will be happy to meet with you, get to know you, and even provide references of past students.
No matter what, please make sure you find a driving school that you trust, that you are confident won’t just teach your child to pass the DMV test but will also train them to become a safe and skilled driver.