Considering a driving school requires some due diligence on the part of those searching for a place to learn in an informative and supportive environment. Picking the first place that comes along could lead to an uncomfortable experience with an instructor that, for whatever reason, you don’t care for. If you’re looking for the best ways to know for sure that your driving school selection is the right one for you, then be sure to ask the following:
Are They Licensed?
While you may roll your eyes and say “of course they’re licensed,” that doesn’t mean you should not inquire. Additionally, it is important to note that both the school and the instructor you will be working with need to be licensed in the State of Maryland as a driving school/instructor. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration, this licensing requires them to meet and often uphold very specific requirements and provide documentation of elgibility, including:
- A valid driver’s license issued by Maryland, or another state, to drive the class of vehicle you will be using in the program.
- A certified copy of their driving record for the last three (3) years.
- Documentation of the successful completion of the required training to become an instructor.
- Evidence of a fingerprint criminal background check.
- Complete the required driver education instructor training courses;
- Demonstrate proficiency in teaching the standardized driver education program courses and learning activities in English;
- Provide documentation from a certified driver’s education school verifying their employment as an instructor.
Failure to comply or meet any of these standards would result in a non-licensed instructor, which you don’t want (for obvious reasons).
Class Structure & Instructor Quality
The MVA driver’s school and instructor licensing was put in place to protect you from predatory or dangerous individuals that could be incorrectly teaching you how to operate a potentially hazardous vehicle; it does not, however, do anything to shield you from getting taught by a total jerk. It is your job as both a student and a customer of the driving school to ensure that you’re going to learn from teachers and instructors that aren’t just licensed, but also knowledgeable, personable, and generally agreeable.
Additionally, you’ll absolutely want to investigate whether or not the driving school has the right classes for what you’re looking to achieve. Finding a class that can further your goals, whether they involve getting your driver’s license, improving your driving skills, or just avoiding legal trouble with the MVA.
The Good News
While driving school may not seem like the best way to spend a few hours out of your month, the payoff can come in a couple of great ways. First, if you’re over the age of 25, you may be eligible for a shorter course and term between deciding to get your license and actually being granted it; this special program from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) allows eligible older adults to take a much faster track to their driver’s license than a younger person would enjoy. Whether or not you qualify, getting your license as an adult is said to feel even more satisfying than it would or did as a teenager. By working with the skilled driver’s ed instructors at A2B Driving School in Wheaton, you’ll get to where you want to go in no time at all.