As parents of a teen, you realize that learning to drive is an important event in your teenager’s life. This new journey offers many challenges and dangers, so teaching road safety is an important foundation to help your teenager develop safe driving habits.

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Use a seatbelt at all time.

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Give clear directions and remain calm at all times.

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Find a quiet location to practice until he/she feels comfortable.

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If your teen seems uncomfortable with the surroundings, have him/her pull over and stop to take a break. Discuss what caused them to be uncomfortable.

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Point out traffic signs or driving hazards to encourage your teen to recognize them. Better yet, have your teen point out driving hazards and traffic signs. (You just may learn something.)

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Begin nighttime driving sessions once your teen is comfortable with driving during the day. (Ten hours of nighttime driving practice is required.)

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Begin nighttime driving sessions once your teen is comfortable with driving during the day. (Ten hours of nighttime driving practice is required.)

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First practice with your teen during the day. Visibility is much greater along with being much more safe.

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Stop practicing when your teen becomes overwhelmed, frustrated or distracted.

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As driving challenges or opportunities arise, explain how you would handle such situation. Give your teen real world examples to help them better understand the topic.

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Position yourself with access to the steering wheel or brake pedal (if possible) so you can intervene in the driving, if it becomes necessary.

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When driving with your teen, remember to follow the “rules of the road.” Your teen is watching to see how you handle situations that arise.

In the State of Wisconsin students under the age of 18 must have accumulated at least 30 hours of driving, of which 10 hours must be at night, with a parent or adult sponsor prior to the student’s Road Test. Regardless of what school you select for your child’s driver education, below are some important parental practices and tips for instructing your child as they begin driving.

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COVID-19 UpdateWith things changing frequently in the world, I will do my best to update on the operating measures I will be going at.

The optimistic spring class has now been canceled as the rentable space will be closed for longer than expected with an uncertain timeframe on when things will be settled enough to offer a group classroom.  I still have about 25 spots left available for the June summer courses.  If that can go as scheduled, I plan to hold a class in August as well but I am waiting to open that for enrollment at this time.  I have decided to delay completing my self-filmed courses at this time as I just don’t think it will offer the interaction that the in-class option is designed to have.  I will continue to offer new students to do the WPDSA online program at a first confirm first serve basis.  Next current spots are at the end of April and booking out further with regular interest.

Per the DOT, it is my decision on what to do with behind the wheel lessons.  I am going to continue to offer them for now on a 1-1 basis to limit exposure and fewer surfaces to keep routinely sanitized.  Again, if I am having symptoms or if you or family is experiencing symptoms, then we will need to reschedule.  There is no pressure to take the lessons at this time but with the uncertainty of the time frame, I will need some patience to fit students back in.  I will always do my best to ensure the student can complete when they are eligible and want to.   The DMV has currently canceled road tests for the time being!

Thank you all for your patience and support through these difficult times.  --Greg Schoemer