Advice For Consumers Choosing a Drivers Education Program

  
     
June 27, 2014

Driver’s education should be an exciting time for future motorists. Bad service and poor sales practices should not be a part of the program but in reality, those are the complaints being received by BBB.

Driving programs are usually offered as part of the high school curriculum but private lessons are also an option. For parents and young motorists who choose to use a private provider, it is important that they research multiple facilities before choosing one.

The BBB recommends the following when choosing a driving school:

Research first. For information on driving schools in your area, start your search at www.bbb.org for free BBB Business Reviews that will help you make informed decisions.

Ask around. Contact several schools to find out about the course schedules, fees and registration procedures offered. Remember, price is not the sole factor in choosing a driving school. You must compare instructional quality, class size and behind-the-wheel lessons.

Visit the driving school. Ask to see classrooms, if you can observe part of a course and ask if you can see the course book to ensure it’s up to date. The ideal course integrates both behind the wheel and classroom training. Remember that the fastest course is not always the way to go.

Check the details. Find out if the school has a policy on make-up classes and refunds. Always read the terms and conditions on enrollment forms and contracts. Also, check to see how the school resolves its complaints.

ABOUT BBB:

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