Parent's Ed for pre-drivers
David B. asks,
"My daughter is turning 14 next week and I'm beginning to think about driver education for her... do you recommend any driving simulation games she could start using on our computer or X-Box?"
As of right now I have not seen any simulation games for the various game consoles that are geared toward street driver training. Without an expensive force feedback wheel and the proper pedal setup this type of simulation would have very few if any benefits at all. If anything the lack of consequences for making a mistake may increase risk taking behavior behind the wheel.
So much of driving goes beyond what one sees out the windshield. The G-forces, vibrations sounds and subtleties that are necessary for good driving skills and decisions aren't really reproduce-able in a video game. Even with an investment in the best wheel and pedal setup you'd still be woefully under representative of the necessary tools to effectively train.
Attending BBI from Out of Town
If you are coming out of town and wish to fly in to the Northern Virginia area the closest airport is Dulles International Airport (IAD). Dulles is just a short drive to Osbourn Park High School (8909 Euclid Avenue, Manassas, VA) where we usually teach. We do teach at other facilities in the area, so be certain to check our calendar or your registration for the address.
Before Attending Our Driving Arts Academy
I've Already Had Driver's Education
Most people seem to believe that after going through Driver's Education there is nothing left to learn about driving. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Male teen drivers suffer from this affliction most, followed closely by their fathers.
Driving is not only a perishable skill, but it is a lifetime learning experience and there is always more to learn.
What car should I get for my teen?
Many times I get parents asking for vehicle recommendations for their teen driver. Often people ask me after they have already purchased or handed something down in the hopes that I will validate their choice. Many times they are disappointed in what I have to say.
This article isn’t meant to offend anyone’s current choice. It is simply the most basic recommendation based on safety, statistics and common sense. It is my hope that it will enlighten those who have yet to get something and encourage those who have already bought something to re-think their choice.