Joining us on Home School Heartbeat is HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka. Chris is here to talk about the effectiveness of parent-taught driver’s education. Chris, thank you for joining us.
Thanks for having me.
You know that old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Are traditional driver’s education programs broken, Chris?
Yes, it seems that the traditional driver’s education programs are not working well. The insurance companies’ statistics show that out of every 100 teen drivers, 37 will be ticketed for speeding, and 28 will be involved in accidents. But when you compare that to parent-taught driver’s education, only eight will be ticketed for speeding, and eight will be involved in accidents. That’s a huge difference, which seems to indicate that traditional driving instruction is not working.
Well, why are parent-taught programs more effective?
I believe parent-taught driver’s education programs are more effective because parents care about their children, and they care about their insurance rates. They care very much for their lives and don’t want them injured, so they’re going to put in everything they can to make sure that the driver’s education program is the best it could be.
Well, Chris, that’s great news. We’re glad to hear that. I’m sure parents will be encouraged by it as well. But until next time, I’m Mike Smith.