Looking for a cost-effective way to teach your teen to drive? Try teaching a driver’s education course at home! We’ll learn about a few money-saving resources on today’s Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith and driver’s education expert Wayne Tully.
Wayne, when parents are looking for a suitable driver’s education program, do you have any advice for how they can save money?
Saving money’s important, especially in today’s economy. But saving money should not be the priority. If we were to prioritize, saving money is important, and it zips right to the top of the list. But what we have to make sure is that we’re covering all the bases of lane management, turn management, speed management—we have to cover each and every one of those. And sometimes, if we break it down to which is less and which costs more, we’re not going to get where we’re going. We're not going to hit the objective, and that is to save that life.
Okay, but Wayne, when parents out there—homeschool parents—are looking at different programs, are there different-priced programs?
And so you’re saying that the programs that are cheapest, for want of a better term, are not always the best?
That’s right. Traffic safety videos may be cheapened down, maybe they’re missing certain points that they should be making on mirror management, as an example. Is the video clear? Are they the right people doing and completing the video? Are we sending the message to the teen? And not all the time should cost be the steerer of this ship. And I will tell you that the price ranges go anywhere from $50 to $250 for a home-study program.
Well, thank you for those helpful suggestions and for joining me on Home School Heartbeat this week. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.