Driver Improvement Classes: Not Just a Bad Thing
During the introduction phase of a recent driver improvement class, a middle-aged student provided an answer as to why he was attending that caught many of the others in the room off guard. His response, “I’m here not because I received a ticket, but I’m here to get the positive points to possibly help with my insurance, it’s been a long time since I had any formal driving instruction and I thought it was a good time for a refresher.” The puzzled look on the other student’s faces was classic. After a brief period of silence, another student couldn’t hold it in any longer. “If you don’t have to be here, why then would you want to come and take the class?” he asked. The older gentlemen repeated what he had just said, and the instructor went on to explain that the class is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
2020 Driving School offers driver improvement classes twice a week, every week, with more locations and classes coming soon. Surprisingly to some, not all that attend have been mandated to do so by a court or the DMV. In fact, a lot of our attendees come for the positive points, or for a skills and knowledge refresher to stay up-to-date. And we’re glad when they do. It gives them an opportunity to learn about rule changes, to gain knowledge about potential hazards and to hear new examples. As with the gentlemen in the example above, it had been quite some time since they had received any formal driving instruction, and they felt it was a good idea to catch up and learn something they may have forgotten over the years.
One of our driver improvement class instructors, William, is a retired policeman, with 30-plus years of law enforcement experience. Who better to gain knowledge and insights about the hazards on today’s roads from than someone like him?
There’s a negative connotation associated with driver improvement classes, and rightfully so. The majority of attendees are there because they received a ticket of some kind, and were told that they must take the class. However, don’t let this hold you back from attending. Everyone can benefit from refreshers every now and then, and although you may have to give up eight hours of your busy life, the pros certainly outweigh the cons.