Driver Education

Driver Education http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/teen-drivers/driver-education/ bb3 Nov 13, 2009

By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee

Driver training and education is offered around the country for drivers at different stages of need for instruction. In some cases, drivers may be eligible for a discounted insurance premium after successfully completing a Defensive Driving course. Check with your insurance company to see what it offers.

Beginning drivers may be required by their state to undergo a course prior to applying for a learner's permit or license. Even if not required by the state, driver's education is often recommended for teens by teachers, law enforcement, health and safety organizations, and concerned parents.

Drivers with violations may be required to pass a Defensive Driving course after a breach of traffic rules or being involved in an accident. (You will not receive a discount on your insurance if your driver training course was court mandated.)

Experienced drivers may elect to take a driver training course to reduce insurance costs (at the discretion of the insurance company).

Senior drivers may participate in driver safety programs to refresh their knowledge of traffic laws, brush up driving skills, and learn to accommodate safely for changes in their physical capabilities.

Course types vary from hands-on driving lessons and live classes to online courses completed on the computer, and even off-beat comedy club–style presentations. To find the right course for you, check your local Yellow Pages, search for driving schools and defensive driving classes online, and ask friends for recommendations. Be sure the course you select is approved by your state authority.

Remember, check with your insurance company to see whether or not they can offer you a discount for completing driver's education.

For more information about teen driver safety and tools for new drivers, visit http://teendriving.statefarm.com
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