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Announcement: Understanding the Difference Between MVA Driver Education Program Structured Lessons and Personalized Driving Lessons

Updated: Apr 9

Personalized driving lessons
Personalized driving lessons

Dear Students and Parents,

We understand that navigating the realm of driving education can sometimes be confusing, especially when it comes to deciding between structured lessons within the Maryland Vehicle Administration (MVA) Driver Education Program and personalized driving lessons. To provide clarity and help you make informed decisions, we would like to highlight the key differences between these two approaches:

MVA Driver Education Program Structured Lessons:

  1. Curriculum Alignment: Structured lessons within the MVA Driver Education Program follow a predefined curriculum set by the Maryland Vehicle Administration. This curriculum covers essential topics and skills required for safe and responsible driving.

  2. Regulatory Compliance: These lessons are designed to fulfill the requirements mandated by the MVA for obtaining a driver's license. They include both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel training, ensuring compliance with state regulations.

  3. Instructors: Instructors play a crucial role in molding safe and responsible drivers. They strictly adhere to MVA regulations and guidelines to ensure that the training provided aligns with the mandatory program requirements established by the Maryland Vehicle Administration. While instructors prioritize professionalism and kindness, their primary focus remains on upholding compliance with MVA standards. It's important to recognize that instructors fulfill a duty that some may not willingly undertake.

  4. Parents - Ensuring your child's safety behind the wheel requires proactive involvement. Simply enrolling them in a Driver Education Program without additional practice will not adequately prepare them for safe driving. It's essential to either practice with your child yourself or invest in personalized training to instill confidence and develop the necessary skills. Remember, hands-on practice with a trusted adult or professional instructor is key to equipping your child with the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the roads safely.

  5. Standardized Assessments: Progress and performance in structured lessons are often assessed through standardized tests and evaluations aligned with the MVA curriculum. (Rookie Drivers Log, are you doing your part?)

Personalized Driving Lessons:

  1. Tailored Instruction: Personalized driving lessons offer customized instruction based on the individual needs and preferences of the student. They are flexible and adaptable to accommodate specific learning goals and challenges.

  2. Focused Attention: Unlike behind the wheel lessons as part of the driver education program, personalized lessons provide one-on-one attention from a qualified driving instructor. This allows for a more focused and personalized learning experience.

  3. Targeted Skill Development: Personalized lessons are designed to address specific areas where students require improvement. This could include mastering skills such as turning corners, maintaining lane positioning, coordinating steering and braking while navigating traffic, or understanding communication with other vehicles and traffic signals. Additionally, personalized lessons aim to build confidence on highways and refine advanced driving techniques tailored to the individual's needs.

In summary, while structured lessons within the MVA Driver Education Program offer a comprehensive and regulated approach to learning to drive, personalized driving lessons provide tailored instruction and flexibility to address individual needs and preferences.

We are here to support you on your journey to becoming a safe and confident driver.

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule lessons, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you achieve your driving goals!

What is your primary method of preparing your child for driving?

  • 0%Practicing with them yourself.

  • 0% Relying solely on the driver's education program.

  • 0%Family and Friends are helping.

  • Rookie Driver Practice Guide – Are you helping a Rookie Driver complete their required practice time? This helps you coach and mentor a new driver through the experience.

  • Rookie Driver Parent/Coach Agreement – Do you need help setting up some rules and guidelines for your new driver? Research indicates that an agreement between parents and teens to set rules and establish consequences is one of the most effective tools to keep new drivers safe. If you don’t know how to create that agreement, this page will give you some sample forms and recommended guidelines.

  • Parents: YOU Hold the Keys to Your Teen's Driving – Helping your child learn how to drive can be challenging. This pamphlet will provide you with some practical tips to help you help your teen learn to drive safely. It also provides a link to a survey for parents about driving and teaching teens to drive.

  • Teen Driving (YouTube Video) - Parent involvement


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