In most states, before you can go to driver’s ed you need to get your learners permit. But in a lot of states, like Maryland, the learners permit test can be really hard. The Maryland driving handbook is over 100 pages long and sometimes it can be hard to retain that information even if you take a few months to study it.
Before your teen gets in the car or even takes the test you may want to look into Driver Prep classes. These are very different than driver’s ed and are sometimes free for parents. They really help your teen get a leg up on the learners permit test and become safer drivers before getting into the car.
This course breaks up the driver manual into easy to learn and easy to focus parts. Most will just focus on the most important points and leave the fluff aside. While you shouldn’t ignore anything in the drivers manual, you shouldn’t have to study every word either.
In addition, these courses also emphasize practice exams. Lots of them with lots of questions.
The tests resemble the actual exam you’ll take at your local Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office. All feature multiple choice questions based on material found in your state’s driver license handbook.
- Identifying traffic signals and road signs.
- Identifying road lines.
- Driving at night.
- The dangers of drinking and driving.
- Hand signals.
- Actions to take when emergency vehicles approach.
- Turning at intersections.
All the tests include explanations to both correct and incorrect answers, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the topic matter.
Unlike a drivers ed class, a drivers prep course is not required for obtaining a learner’s permit and/or driver’s license. These courses are strictly voluntary and come highly recommended for prospective teen drivers.