At the age of 15 or 16, the last thing you want to do is take another class when you’re already hunkered down with reading and homework in high school. However, drivers training classes are equally as important as what you learn at school and will help you throughout your life – even when you’re out of high school and college.
If you are uneasy about taking driver training for the first time, here are some examples of what you will learn during class instruction (driver’s ed) and behind-the-wheel training (driver training).
What to Expect in the Classroom
Depending on which state you live in and the driver’s training requirements you have, you should expect sometime in a classroom or online studying environment. You will catch up on several of the items that you have studied from your state’s driver handbook and have some time to engage with other students and the instructor about any driving concerns you may have.
You will also learn basic vehicle control and operations that you can apply to behind-the-wheel training, if it’s one of your state’s requirements, as well as practice driving with an instructor. Learning how to react to various driving conditions is also something you can begin to hear about in the classroom portion of driver’s training.
Some states require driving simulation training in addition to classroom time. Students will get behind a driving simulator and look at a screen that will provide various driving scenarios. Brake and gas pedals will also be part of the simulation so you can learn how to -
- React to sudden needs to break.
- Merge with traffic.
- Properly change lanes.
- Drive through intersections.
- Respond to traffic signs and lights.
- and other scenarios.
What to Expect with the Driving Instructor
The number of hours of driver training varies state by state, but the experience is fairly similar nationwide.
The student will sit in the driver’s seat of a dually-controlled vehicle, with the instructor in the passenger seat. Sometimes, a student will have other students observing the session in the backseat. In some cases, a student can request they receive training alone.
For the most part, training sessions are spread out over a longer period of time so that the student can go home and practice with a licensed adult.
During driving training with a state-certified instructor, the student will learn skills such as how to:
- Safely cross an intersection.
- Parallel park.
- Merge onto a freeway.
- Abide by street signs and traffic lights.
The instructor will also discuss various scenarios to test how the student is applying classroom knowledge to real life situations.
Driver’s training is a fun and informative way to apply what you’ve read in the driver handbook onto the pavement. Make sure to take lessons from a state-certified driving school, take notes when you’re not behind the wheel, and you’ll be driving in no time.