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Online Course vs. Traditional Classroom

by Admin on 07/01/20

A big debate within the drivers education community comes down to the classroom portion.  Is it better to take the 30-hour required coursework online or in a traditional classroom setting?  Both have pros as well as cons.  


The coursework provided by both is intended to introduce the many aspects of driving as well as assist the student in passing the BMV Knowledge Exam.  Taking this coursework online, provides the student with flexibility in scheduling and allows the student to only advance once the criteria has been mastered.  This is achieved at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home.  While we are always available to answer any questions that the student may have, you as the parent are the best resource and an ally for teenage driver.

While the traditional course has an instructor there in person, they are responsible for maintaining a schedule (curriculum) that last 10-days (3-hours per day).  The instructor is also responsible for all the students in that course (in some cases, 30+ students).  

Taking a traditional style course reduces flexibility greatly as missing more than 2 sessions can result in the student being to far behind to catch up.  While 10-days may not seem like a lot, it can be a challenge fitting that time into athletics, marching band, and work schedules (for both the student and parent).  Not to mention these unusual times we are finding ourselves in with social distancing requirements and other safety protocols.

With Drive Right Academy, we are always an email or call away with any questions for students taking our online course.  Our instructors are all versed in our coursework and reinforce the curriculum that was taught during the online course when out on the physical drives (6-hours of behind-the-wheel driving).

All students are able to try the online course risk free (up to 50% of course) to see if this is the right educational setting for them.  If you have any questions, please reach out, we'd be happy to assist you!

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