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Driving Instructor Provides a Guide for Important Skills to Learn

There are certain driving skills that are not only necessary for getting a license but to also keep you safe on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to learn some of the most basic actions that are important for operating a vehicle or let them slip from memory once they become comfortable behind the wheel. According to the driving instructors at Key Driving School, Inc. in Delta, OH, there are a few skills every driver should know how to do, whether they’re newly licensed or a well-seasoned motorist.

5 Fundamental Skills Every Driver Should Know

Changing Lanes

Changing lanes is something you must do every day as a driver, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easy. Unsafe lane changes are a top cause of car crashes because people regularly neglect to use their blinker or don’t make sure their path is clear before moving over. It’s vital to practice correctly transitioning from one lane to the next until it becomes second nature.

Parallel Parking

Regardless of how often you think you’ll need to parallel park, it’s one of the most useful skills to have. You never know when your only options will be to fit between two cars or drive continuously around, hoping for a regular parking spot to open up. Parallel parking is much easier than many realize, and it’s something a driving instructor should be able to teach you in no time.

Operating a Manual Transmission

Despite many of today’s car models being offered as automatics, there may come a time when you will be put in a situation that requires the need to drive a manual. It is beneficial to be able to go back and forth between the two types of transmissions and will open up the possibilities if you’re ever in the market for a new car.

Reversing

A good portion of vehicles coming off the production line these days feature rearview cameras. These are designed to help drivers in their efforts to reverse and keep them from getting close enough to hit something that may be behind them. The problem is you may not always be in a vehicle with rearview camera, so it’s critical not to solely rely on them and continue to use your mirrors and look over your shoulder as you’ve been taught to do, so you don’t forget.

#Emergency Brake

While learning all the skills required to drive I have noticed that majority of the students do not know how to operate the emergency brake. The student should know how to set it and use it. The brake line could break, master cylinder go out and brakes just not work. This would be a valuable tool for them, should the unthinkable happen. Knowledge is power.

While some of these skills are crucial to know for safety reasons, others will simply serve to make your driving experience much better. If you need assistance learning the proper techniques for these maneuvers, it’s best to seek guidance from a professional driving instructor. Key Driving School, Inc. provides their students with in-depth instruction, covering all the key fundamentals of operating a vehicle. Contact them today at 419.822.3740, or visit them online to learn more about the adult and teen driver education courses they offer.

Top 3 Safety Tips for Teens

When your teen first gets behind the wheel of your vehicle, it’s as exciting as it is terrifying. Enrolling them in a driver training program will go a long way towards easing these fears. In the meantime, there are three key safety tips you can reinforce at home.

Top 3 Driving Safety Tips for Teens

1.    Turn the Phone Off

Rear view of young woman checking her smartphone while driving her car in rural road.

Today’s teen is glued to their smart phone. Tech-savvy and driven to stay connected, teens often underestimate the risks associated with using their phone while driving. Most people know not to text and drive, but encourage them to turn off their phone entirely. This eliminates the urge to check who’s calling, quickly respond to a text, or scroll social media at traffic lights.

2. Keep Distractions to a Bare Minimum

This is the first thing student drivers are taught, as distractions extend beyond the use of their phones. Encourage your teen to choose a radio station before heading out and resist the urge to eat or drink while driving. Inexperienced drivers are more prone to lose control of a vehicle, and even minor distractions can cause crashes, if they take their eyes off the road.

“Not #TechnicallyIllegal But Should We Do It!”

 

3. Obey the Speed Limit

While it seems obvious, speeding is one of the most common contributors to teen crashes. An instructor will ensure your teen follows the speed limit during driver training, but it’s up to you to enforce this rule outside of practice sessions; going over the posted speed is dangerous and can result in serious fines. Speed limits are set for a reason “SAFETY”.  Even the Basic Speed Law informs us to drive what is safe for the existing conditions regardless of the posted speed limit.

Getting a license is one idea most young people start thinking about far in advance.  But don’t let your teen’s excitement overshadow the importance of safety. Their friends’ bad habits of texting and speeding are easy to absorb; it’s up to you to prioritize caution and #defensivedriving.

 

Looking for reputable driver training for your teen?  Key Driving School Inc  is the leading driving instruction program in the surrounding Delta, Ohio area. Call (419) 822-3740  to schedule or visit their website https://keydrive.school for more information.

Teen Driving: A guide For Parents

 

 

 

 

Teen Driving: A Guide for Parents
Getting a driver’s license is a huge milestone for every teenager. However, parents are understandably nervous about letting their kids behind the wheel. The dangers of teen driving can be alarming, but don’t let your fears stifle your teenager’s independence. By following a few simple tips, you can relax and let your teen take the wheel.

Set Your Teen Up for Driving Success
To establish good habits from the start, choose a reputable driving school. #Behindthewheeltraining is mandatory before a teen receives a license, and it’s worth the cost of hiring an experienced instructor for these lessons.

Remain Calm
When you’re in the car with your teen, it’s hard not to be anxious and on edge. Of course, be vigilant, but resist the urge to be overly critical or shout at your teen while they’re driving. Your teen will respond better to a calm passenger who provides positive feedback.


Let Them Practice
No skill is mastered without practice. Provide your teen with a safe, reliable vehicle, and let them drive as much as possible with you in the car. The more hours your teen spends driving, the better they will become.

If your teen is ready to start training, the professional instructors at Key Driving School in Delta, OH, can provide them with a solid foundation of safe, responsible habits.

More Info On The New Rule Change Beginning July 1, 2021

Rule change that begins July 1, 2021 in Ohio pertaining to the 24 hours of traditional classroom or online.

If a student begins an online or traditional 24 hour class before July 1, 2021 then the new law does not apply to you. You will be grandfathered in.  The 24 hours of online or traditional classroom can be taken at 15 years and 5 months.

Changes To When You Can Start Driving With An Instructor

House Bill 74 was passed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in April and it has a few changes for Driver Training.  One of these changes is: all students must complete the 24 hours of online or classroom training before they can get behind the wheel with an instructor.  This takes effect July 1, 2021.

BMV On Road Testing Begins June 1, 2021

The BMV will resume in car testing starting June 1, 2021. All customers will be required to wear face masks, pass a temperature screening, and pass a COVID health screening. All vehicles must have working front windows to allow for fresh air, and all students may only be accompanied by one other adult into the building and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. If a student does not follow these guidelines or does not pass the screenings they will be asked to reschedule. For more information on testing please visit http://www.bmv.ohio.gov

REQUIREMENTS

Customer requirements for driving tests:
• No visible signs of illness.
• Test applicant must be able to pass temperature check.
• Must wear face covering (mask). Being vaccinated will not allow a customer to “opt out” of wearing a mask.
• Customer will have to answer COVID related questions correctly to take test. Exposure to COVID or symptoms will result in a
rescheduling. See questions below:

Customers must be screened using the following guidelines before being administered an in-car skills tests with a driver examiner. Driver examiners must use this form to conduct a self-assessment before each shift as well. Do not permanently record or save customer or examiner responses.

Face Covering: Customer must have a face covering available
Temperature: Customer’s temperature must be taken prior to taking an in-car exam with an examiner.

If temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, the customer may not take the test. Temperature under 100.4 degrees?

Yes – No

Screening questions:
Do you currently have COVID-19 or are you currently isolating or quarantining because of a diagnosis of COVID-19, concerns about COVID-19, and/or do you have a COVID-19 test pending?
If YES to any, test may not be conducted.

Yes – No
Do you currently have symptoms of COVID -19, or have you had symptoms within the last 10 days that are not explained by another illness or condition, including:
• fever or chills
• new uncontrolled cough
• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• muscle or body aches
• new onset of severe headache
• new loss of taste or smell
• sore throat, congestion or runny nose
• nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;

If YES to any, test may not be conducted.

Yes – No

Have you been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, in the last 14 days?

Close Contact is defined as:
• You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period
• You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
• You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
• You shared eating or drinking utensils
• They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

If YES, test may not be conducted.

Yes – No

• Both Front windows in the vehicle must be in working order to allow fresh air to circulate while examiner is in the vehicle, if
examiner requests the windows to be put down (Weather permitting).
• Only test applicants and one accompanied adult allowed in the facility to check in for testing.
• Customer will allow use of seat covers as requested by examiner.
• If customer fails to follow these guidelines, test may be ended early and customer will have to reschedule.

Examiner requirements for driving tests:
• No visible signs of illness
• Temperature checked before starting shift.
• Face covering (mask). Examiner being vaccinated will not allow the Examiner to “opt out” of wearing a mask.
• Required to ask customer COVID questions and check customer’s temperature before testing.
• Gloves and seat covers are available for examiners to use at their discretion. These are optional due to CDC saying that COVID 19
spread through surfaces is not common (How Coronavirus Spreads | CDC)
• Examiner will limit time in the vehicle to only testing. To do this, Examiner will read instructions before entering vehicle and
will go over test results outside the vehicle (either in the office or outside depending on weather).

Scheduling requirements for driving tests:
• Schedule will allow time between tests for examiners to wash hands and to follow all COVID related policies.

SUPPLIES
• Infra-red instant read thermometer – Every DX should have at least 2, with one for Examiners and one for customer use.
• Disposable seat covers – already provided to every DX
• Wipes, Hand sanitizer, Gloves – already provided to every DX

OTHER
• ODH approved the above requirements and procedures back in October 2020.
• Driver Examination Services guidelines outlined by Governor DeWine and Responsible RestartOhio still apply. See guideline:
Driver-Exam.pdf (ohio.gov)

Ohio Driver Training To Take Another Hike If Ohioans Don’t Get Involved

Ohio adults we need your help please send via Facebook to all your different friends we need this word to get out and if you use other social media that will help, too.

VDA stands for #Virtual Driving Assessment. This has nothing to do with a simulator or driver training. The VDA machine is a keyboard and laptop with gas and brake pedals and the student will sit and respond to scenarios presented and the machine keeps score and will end up giving a report of it appears the student will perform now and possibly in the future on the road and what parents need to work on.
Mind you this is something we already do. We must give the parent a report of what needs improvement on. And most parents know their own child. So this machine does not instruct nor teach. This machine will monitor that student for who knows how long because the machine has all the students information.

This VDA was presented to Governor DeWine and he feels this will help with instruction of a student. The VDA’s were to be in the Exam stations to do before they drive, and when they go in to test. This makes much more sense. What I do know is schools will have to spend time performing this program taking anywhere up to 20 minutes and then go pick up another student. This will result in a lot of extra time for something that is not part of training. It doesn’t matter how they look at it or want to present it. The cost added could be anywhere up to $50.00 and no one is sure of the exact amount.

Proctoring these VDA’s out to the driving schools will make a huge impact. Schools struggle to meet the demand of their driving as it is; can you imagine the impact the VDA will cause. We don’t get rich being a driving school or an instructor. Adding layers only complicates the process.
When the pilot program (schools volunteered) was on going there was an initial assessment drive before the behind the wheel instruction took place then another after the student had completed the behind the wheel instruction. This gave a baseline assessment and then a measurable metric to gauge improvement and risk also, this did not have to be done on every student. The new rules proposes just one assessment drive which defeats the original intent. As the rule stands it just appears to be a forced obligation with no benefit. Or an open ended obligations that will force the second assessment onto the driving schools later after this rule makes it into 4501.

When the online program was going to be introduced we fought the prior Governor at the time and look where it got us higher fees! Majority of the driving schools are against this rule, we sent in our emails and look, they have still pushed it. The driving schools are not a lobby machine, nor union backed, we are coming to you the people that we serve.

We are asking you the Ohio residents to please call Governor DeWine’s office and sound off for the #DrivingSchoolsofOhio.
We need your help to STOP This proposed rule change that is 4501-7-10(3). Please leave message why you called, if no answer.
Governor DeWine Phone: 614-466-3555 or email (copy and paste)
https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/contact

Thank you Ohio! It is never too late!