Parent Taught vs. Driverís Ed
Why Choose Parent Taught? - Point
1. Itís cheaper--it cost $20 with DPS.
2. Convenience--I can do it at home.
3. Parents know how to drive and can teach
their own kids
Why Choose Parent Taught? - Counterpoint
1. Itís cheaper Ö But is it really?
The $20 DPS fee is just the beginning. Once you obtain your
Parent Taught package, you will then have to purchase an on-line
drivers education package. This can range from $180-$350. Then you
will have to teach the course to your teen.
Also, most auto
insurance companies offer a 10% discount off your teen's insurance premiums
for a three year period when they take the course through a DE
school. This discount more than offsets the tuition for Teen Drivers
Education during the first year.
2. Itís Convenient Ö Because you have lots of time to
teach? Most adults have very little time to teach the drivers education material
(1500 pages of
information). Our school has convenient classes
geared for a teen's busy schedule. PLUS...with Parent
Taught once you
receive your $20 packet from DPS (which takes 6 weeks to receive)
you must also purchase another drivers education program. After this, you must visit the DPS and stand in line to register to be your
child's drivers ed instructor. By registering you are agreeing to
teach every task outlined in the classroom and in-car
program. Not just sign off on the paperwork.
3. Parents know how to drive and can teach their own kids
Ö In reality most parents acquire many bad driving habits
over the years; (Do you always use your turn signal? Stop behind the
stop sign or white crosswalk? Ever change lanes in an intersection?
Do you really remember all the rules of the road?)
And finally, the parent/teen teaching experience is very stressful
and challenging at best and your family car has no instructor
brake or safety equipment.
4. The most important factor.
How much is your child's safety worth? Many parents have
no problem buying computers, X-Boxes or cell phones for their
children. But what we teach at Driving School of North Texas isn't a
game. We teach life saving skills that your child will use every day
of their life.
But don't take our word
A Study by Texas Transportation Institute
Since Parent Taught (PT) was
introduced in 1997 the number of teen accidents and deaths have been on
In April of 2007, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) released an
extensive report comparing Parent Taught to professional Driverís Education
schools. Their findings show that teenagers taught to drive by someone
other than a professional driver education instructor are more likely to
be involved in a serious traffic crash. The study found that after
supervisory and Graduated Driver License restrictions are removed, Parent
Taught drivers are nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash
than young drivers taught by commercial driving school instructors.
Parents are not required to complete any training, whereas DE
Instructors are required to complete a rigorous 135 hour course of in-car
and classroom training before being certified to teach teens to drive.
TTIís study found that (Parent-Taught) novice drivers were more
likely to be convicted of driving violations, including speeding and more
likely to be in a serious crash. In the six months of driving
experience following the learnersí permit period, (as soon as the
student receives their license) Parent Taught drivers were
involved in nearly 50 percent more crashes, in which at least one person
received a serious injury. Similarly, during the year following the period
where the student is supervised by an adult, Parent Taught drivers were involved in
fatal crashes at a much higher rate than teens who completed commercial
driving school education. They also learned that most parents donít read
or teach the entire Driver's Education curriculum, leaving out important information.
As a result, Texas Legislation is considering the following improvements:
Strengthen the criteria for parental participation in the Parent
Taught program, including the disqualification of parents with poor driving
Require training and/or testing for parents who want to teach
their children to drive.
Improve the monitoring of and accountability for the activities
of the Parent Taught program.
Require road tests for all drivers under the age of 18 before
granting a license. (This has now been
**The study was conducted by TTI for the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and involved analysis of 1.4 million driver
records, a mail survey of young drivers and nine focus groups of teen
drivers, their parents and driver education instructors.
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