The following is a list of elements which are contained in a quality driver training program:
- Instructor licensed by the California DMV
- Instructor should speak a language that you can understand.
(Note: Be sure to ask the Driving School office, or you may encounter a real problem.)
- Have an experienced and knowledgeable instructor.
- Instructor should have several years of experience. Usually, as in any profession, the longer one has been working at that profession, the more competent they are.
- Instructor should keep learning as stress free as possible.
- Instructor should really be interacting with you while teaching how to drive, not ensuing endless unrelated chatter, or letting student just drive around with little or no instruction.
- Learn ability to control the car well..
- Private lesson – only one student in car during the lesson. Having more than one student in car posses many problems. First, because you will be dropping off the prior student, it entails a large amount of straight driving (which teaches very little). Second, the other student is sitting in the back seat, waiting to be dropped off – wasting their time, and boring (which you will be too when it is your turn to be dropped off). Last, you may feel self conscious because some one is watching you learn to drive.
- Late model cars, clean, and in good working order.
- Cars that fit any size person.
- Cars equipped with proper climate control (e.g. heating and air-conditioning)
- Many driving schools only teach DMV Drive Test material. There is much more to learn about driving then just how to pass the test, such as: defensive driving, freeway, perpendicular parking (most common), parallel parking, driving in hills, down-town driving, and driving in traffic. Incomplete training will limit where you can drive.
- Many driving schools have a high turnover rate of instructors, so it is important to ask how long your instructor has been working as a driving instructor. Look for years instead of months of experience.
- Students should learn new material on each lesson, or see their driving skill improving.
- Interactive instruction is required to learn how to drive! If all you do is straight driving during a lesson, you learn virtually nothing.
- Roof top signs on training vehicles for advertising may cause embarrassment, but do not reflect negatively on the quality of the school.
- Material covered should include:
- Direction on how to control the car well.
- Car maneuvers
- – Right and left turns
– Lane changing
– Parking (diagonal, perpendicular, parallel, hill and curb)
– Backing up along a curb in a straight line (without using mirrors)
– Turnabout or 3 point turn
- Defensive Driving
- Different driving environments
- – Residential
– Down Town Traffic – traffic skills, rules
– Parking lots
- Simulated DMV road test
- How to read and understand all road signs and road markings, and various road layouts
- Tips on passing DMV license drive test
- Develop driving skill, safety, and judgment
- Learn proper interaction with other vehicles and pedestrians
- Judging time and distance
- Learn vehicle controls and instruments
- Taken to various geographical locations to develop driving knowledge
Note: You should be instructed on all maneuvers to the point of being able to complete them successfully with your instructor.