When you first got your license, you probably took driver’s education classes. If it was some time ago, you may not have needed to go through the graduated licensing process and you may only have gotten a few hours of instruction. Even if you received your license more recently, you likely only had about 10 hours of in-car instruction with a professional.
Luckily, you aren’t limited to driver’s education classes. There are in fact many types of courses you can take to improve your driving skills and become a safer motorist.
If you haven’t signed up for any of these classes, consider them:
1) Supplementary one-on-one driving.
Most driving schools and instructors allow students to hire professional instructors for one-on-one instruction. It can be a very cost-effective way to get professional feedback on your driving skills and to get help with specific problems. If you’re new to driving, paying for a few hours of extra one-on-one attention can be a great way to address any issues – such as parallel parking or highway driving – you didn’t get a chance to thoroughly cover in driver’s education classes.
If you’re an adult driver and have had a few near misses or if it has been a while since you have taken driver’s education, one-on-one driving instruction can help you hone your skills and can help you address any issues.
2) Racing classes.
Most major cities and even smaller towns have access to a closed racing track. In many cases, these businesses also offer racing classes. These can be a fun and exciting way to improve your driving skills and to learn how to drive at different speeds safely.
3) Closed track classes.
Many racing schools and racing tracks also offer closed track classes, which allow you to get training with a professional instructor on a closed track. Whether you want to practice emergency braking or other techniques, these classes can be a good place to start. Sometimes, these classes are also called performance driving classes.
4) Car control classes.
Car control classes are designed for drivers who want to learn how to handle emergency situations on the road. Every driver can benefit from these.
5) Winter classes.
While South Florida drivers don’t need to worry about driving in winter, if you drive north regularly to see friends or to vacation, winter driving classes are a good idea. You might not get practice driving in winter naturally, so the classes can help you drive safely, no matter where you are.
6) Defensive driving courses.
Defensive driving teaches you how to avoid accidents by thinking ahead and learning defensive maneuvers. It is a great course for new drivers who want to avoid car accidents, but it’s also a great option for adult drivers who just want to learn how to share the road safely.
Even if you take your driving skills seriously, you may be in a truck or car accident in Hollywood or your community. If your accident was caused by someone’s recklessness or unsafe driving, you may have a legal claim. To find out, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.