STOP and Do your Homework when Choosing a Driving School!

student driver1 150x150 STOP and Do your Homework when Choosing a Driving School!Did you know that on December 27, 2011, new rules in Act 81 of 2011 took effect to enhance safety on PA roads? These changes were initiated to help junior drivers receive more comprehensive training, ease distractions and improve general highway safety.

While learning to drive is exciting, modifications such as these remind us that safe driving requires preparation. Driver education courses are certainly a popular route to take in teaching fundamental skills and knowledge about driving a vehicle. When choosing a driving school, your BBB urges parents and students to make informed decisions.

Before deciding upon a school, your BBB recommends checking with the Department of Motor Vehicles to learn more about the requirements, verifying that the school’s driving instructors completed a bachelor or graduate-level driver education and safety course at an accredited university or college with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and obtaining a BBB Business Review on the school.

BBB also encourages consumers to ask for references from previous students and visit the school being considered to meet with its instructors. Ask if you can observe part of an actual course and find out policies on make-up classes and refunds.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.