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Is it almost time for your kid to get behind the wheel of a car? In this time, parents can be a bundle of nerves, but their teen is excited and ready for a new freedom. Even though this a scary time, the best you can do is give your teen guidance and a good driving school. Driving school allows your teen to learn with trained professionals and earn their permit.

The concept of a driving school has been around since before the 1940s. Here is a presentation about the history and evolution of driving education to give you a little more information.

The History & Evolution of Driving Education Schools from JW Surety Bonds
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There a few different driving schools in the area. Here are our top driving schools around the Houston area.

Houston Driving School

Houston Driving School has three different locations on the west side. This school has an average of 3.7/5 stars on Google.

Champions Driving School

Champions offers teen, adult, and defensive driving courses, both in-person and online. They have two locations – one in Pinehurst and one in Cypress. They have 4.2/5 stars on Google.

Cy Fair Driving School
Cy Fair has 5 locations, including Sugarland and Katy. They offer Texas Education Agency approved courses for both teens and adults. They also have classes available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bengali, Farsy, Hindi, Urdu, Burmese, and Chinese. They have a 4.8/5 stars on Google.
Cypress Driving School

With over 25 years of experience, Cypress Driving offers teen, adult, and defensive driving courses. They have four locations in NW Houston.

Monroy Driving School

Monroy offers both teen and adult driving classes. They have one location in SE Houston with 4.8/5 stars on Google.

MVP Driving School

MVP offers classroom teen driving instruction, behind the wheel lessons, as well as adult instruction and road tests. MVP has 4.7/5 stars on Google.

QL Driving School

QL offers teen, adult, and defensive driving courses. They also offer Spanish and online courses and 4.7/5 stars on Google.

Road Ready Driving School

Road Ready is located in the galleria area of Houston. This company emphasizes teen safety and also provides adult permit classes. They have a 4.5/5 star rating on Google.

Stay Safe Driving School

This school offers an online course option and emphasizes space management to teach teens to be aware of the space around their vehicle for safety. They have 3.8/5 stars on Google.

Tony Driving School

Tony Driving School specializes in students who have already taken and failed the driving test, as well as immigrant students who may have difficulty learning the rules of US roads. They have 4.1/5 stars on Google.

West Houston Driving School

West Houston is a driving school in Richmond, accepting students 14 years old and older. They administer the permit driving test and the Department of Public Safety road skills test. They have 3.5/5 stars on Google.

 

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If you have a teen driver, you’re probably worried about your teen and their newfound freedom. Teen drivers are inexperienced, and therefore less likely to know how to avoid accidents. Only practice will fortify their driving skills, but in the meantime, you can help reduce their risk of an accident by giving them hands-free tools for the road.

Drivers under 20 are at the highest risk of distracted driving accidents, largely thanks to phones. Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident. In 2018, 4,637 people died due to driver cell phone use.

Luckily, there are quite a few hands-free tools to help your teen driver keep their attention on the road.

1. Bluetooth audio for hands-free calls

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If your teen’s vehicle is not already connected for Bluetooth, there are affordable adapter options for older vehicles. Bluetooth allows for hands-free calling, audio control, and voice-to-text.

For cars that are already connected with Bluetooth, make sure your teen knows how to pair their devices to use these capabilities. Newer cars also have the option of controlling volume and audio tracks from buttons on their steering wheel – so their hands don’t have to leave the steering wheel.

Though we still recommend that teens keep this usage to a minimum, it offers a safer way to communicate than grabbing for their phone.

2. Earn points with a driving app

Safe 2 Save is a Texas-based app that rewards you at local businesses for safe driving. For every minute you drive hands-free, you earn 2 points. That adds up to some great rewards at your favorite places.

Some insurance companies, like State Farm, also have their own app for safe drivers, often providing discounts on insurance for safe drivers.

3. Simplify basic apps for driving

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Apps like Drivemode can simplify the most commonly used phone features for easy access and less time with your eyes off the road.

Drivemode is another helpful app that can greatly reduce distraction. The app controls your messages, music, apps, and navigation, and simplifies them. This allows for a few simple, easy-to-see controls, as well as voice commands.

4. Easy-to-use dash mount

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Use a magnetic phone mount to keep your teen’s phone near their line of vision instead of them looking away from the road to check it.

One of our biggest recommendations is that if you are going to use your phone at all while you drive, have it somewhere stable near your line of vision. These handy magnet mounts make setup effortless and come with more than one magnet for another device (like a GPS).

The magnets are slim and fit into your phone case, and are also strong enough to hold your phone securely through the case.

5. An organizer for essentials

When your teen is driving, make sure they know to keep things they need accessible. If they will be going through a drive-thru, they’ll probably need their wallet, or a place to drop spare change. Using a front-seat organizer can help keep them from reaching around the car unnecessarily.

Again, while this should be kept to a minimum, it’s likely your teen will want to grab something they use frequently. It could be a water bottle, lip balm, a snack bar – keeping these sort of items in a convenient space, within reach, could save your teen from spending unnecessary time looking away from the road.

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Teen drivers often look for the car they want based on look, but here are some vehicles you may want to consider for their safety.

Every parent has concerns when their teen starts driving.

Even if they are a safe driver, teens aren’t likely to know how to react quickly to dangerous driving situations. This comes with experience. Until they gain experience, you can further protect them with a vehicle with a high safety rating.

New cars for teens

If you decide to purchase a brand new car for your teen, the good news is that safety features improve every year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) chooses its Top Safety Picks every year. Vehicles must earn good ratings in five tests to be considered a Top Safety Pick.

Several affordable cars in the small car category made the list, such as the Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3. There are also midsize cars, small SUVs, and midsize SUVs on the list. Many of the vehicles on the list offer optional safety features such as front crash prevention.

Safety features to consider for a teen driver

Many parents opt to buy used or pass down a vehicle to their teen driver. Knowing the teen could potentially put some dings and dents in the vehicle, this is a common option.

There are a few safety features worth considering in an older model vehicle. According to AAA, they suggest a midsize vehicle for teens since they offer more protection. Other safety features to consider are a forward collision warning system, a system to notify authorities of a crash, and a backup camera to give more visibility behind the vehicle.

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