We're happy to share that our entire team (Tim & Bill) as of late last week are fully vaccinated for Covid19. Good sense of relief for us and hopefully for you all as our clients! We will continue to follow the safety protocols we've had in place since last June, but we're looking forward to not spending the entire summer wearing masks. Any questions on our programs, give us a ring, and we hope you all stay well..
We recently finished lessons with two students who are about as far apart as can be geographically for us! One who lives in Northeast Philly, and the other in Plumsteadville.. Got us to thinking about the range of where students live and go to school that we regularly work with. Following is a list of all the school districts that teens we've worked with in just the past year attend, which doesn't include all the kids who live in these districts and attend one of the many private schools in PA & NJ.
With this unprecedented scenario we've all been dealing with, we've been basically closed since early March. But now due to many inquiries and the want of a number of families that we were working with back in the early spring already, we're going to get back to doing driving lessons the week of May 25th. We are taking the well being of ourselves and our students very seriously by limiting one instructor to work solely out of one vehicle, not switching around between vehicles, and we are wiping down all the controls in our vehicles both before and after every lesson with disinfectant wipes and will be wearing masks for the foreseeable future. We look forward to working with all of you on the important task of preparing your teens to attain their driving privilege and more importantly, advancing their skills as real life drivers!
In our work with teen drivers in more than 16 years now, we're almost always faced with one consistent reality. New drivers pick up the physical part of driving much faster than the mental part! And just as often, their parents aren't focusing enough on that side of the "equation" when they're out riding with their son or daughter while they have their permits. Understandably, most parents first concern is that their child won't run their vehicle into a tree, or the oncoming car, or the pedestrian at the corner. We understand this initial fear! But with almost 100% of the students we've ever worked with, the teen driver gets significantly more accomplished at the physical side of driving, ie, vehicle control, than they get at the mental side or decision making part of driving. This is mostly about one general idea, Right of Way rules! Your teen can have better physical control of the vehicle than you do, but if they're making the wrong right-of-way decisions, it's only a matter of time till you get one of those terrible phone calls that you don't want from your child, or worse yet from someone else about your child being in a traffic accident! So we suggest being very cognoscente of that when you're with them. As you approach a left turn, stop sign, yield sign, etc., ask them before they're right in the middle of it "who's turn is it"? Get them to think about this so that if they give you the wrong answer, you're there to correct them and talk through it. This is what we predominately focus on in our behind-the-wheel training with the idea of making sound mental decisions in the driving task.