There have been many changes in the way Drivers Education classes have taken place over the years. Originally, they all took place in the classic classroom with driving experiences with a registered instructor, but nowadays there’s an online option. There are perks and downsides to each option, but receiving your driver’s education is pretty straight forward whatever option you decide.
Timeline of Drivers Ed
When Driver’s Education was first developed in the 1920’s it was coined Safety Education. The name soon developed into what we know today, and was first offered in Pennsylvania high schools in the 1930’s. Swiftly after that advance, the AAA began training drivers education instructors with the basic 40-hour course it took become certified. Only thirty-five years later and more than two thirds of public schools would offer driving education classes as the norm. Today there is a new advancement with an online option of drivers ed. This online version goes hand-in-hand with professional driving schools which offer the in-car training aspect of the class.
Traditional In-Class Drivers Ed Options
For nearly the past one hundred years driver’s education has been taught in the traditional classroom sense. Some argue that there is nothing like a real teacher that imprints the real consequences of driving stupidly and how serious being a driver actually is on a daily basis. There are also plenty of physical hand on labs and experiences that a student could miss if they took an online course. Perks of the classroom experience of driver’s education could be labs such as ‘beer goggles’ and chances to ask immediate questions one-on-one with the instructor. The only serious mentioned downside to the traditional sense of taking the course seems to be the rigid time schedules that can be hard for busy teenagers to adhere to.
Online Drivers Ed Options
The possibility of online drivers ed is something that can be extremely convenient to any family. Teenagers constantly have complicated schedules that can sometimes interfere with their opportunity to participate in a driver’s education course. One of the directions that many online options seem to be going is giving the student a ‘virtual road trip across the U.S.’ whilst learning all the knowledge it takes to pass a standardized driving test. They also offer a way to gain high school credit for completing and passing their online course, which could prove tremendously vital to some students. This is proving to be a grand way to receive a driver’s education and is speedily becoming available in all states. Arranging times with a registered driving instructor could, however, prove to be a scheduling problem.
Whatever option the hopefully soon to be licensed driver decides, as long as they stay diligent in their studies and keep on their programs track, they should be set. Online options and traditional classroom options both have their perks and downsides, and when it comes down to it it’s the student’s decision to ponder what way they would succeed the easiest/best. Driver’s Ed is a wonderful occasion to learn and grow.