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How do in-car driving lessons work?
In-car driving lessons are taught by an accredited instructor. Many states require that they begin with the student actively observing as the instructor demonstrates all of the components of road driving. When the student actually gets behind the wheel, they learn not only the fundamental skills like how to steer, use mirrors, signal and park, but also they learn how to recognize and use everything in the control panel, from windshield wipers to the emergency flashers. Most in-car driving lessons include some nighttime driving hours to satisfy state requirements.
Are adults required to take driving lessons?
The majority of states do not require adult drivers to complete driving lessons--only 8 states have such requirements: Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Texas.
Is it required to take in-car driving lessons?
Yes, most states require a beginning driver to take a set number of in-car driving lessons -- often split between observation hours and behind the wheel. Some states, like Alaska and Missouri, require beginning drivers to also complete a certain number of hours of supervised nighttime or bad weather driving.
How many hours of driving lessons is required to get a license?
The hours of driving required to get a license vary by state, but in most states, beginning drivers under the age of 18 must complete a set amount of classroom instruction (30 hours is the norm) and a certain number of hours of on-road instruction (6 hours with an instructor is usually the minimum), plus a higher number of supervised behind-the-wheel driving with a parent or guardian.
How much does driving school cost?
Driving school costs include classroom education and one-on-one behind-the-wheel road training. The classroom part can be quite reasonably priced--as low as $30-$50 for a large group class, and be as high as $100+ for classes with lower student-to-instructor ratios. Hands-on driving lessons cost between $300-$800 for a package of 6-8 lessons. Pricing is impacted by location, price of gas at the time, and length of each lesson.
Can the location of a vehicle be monitored during transport?
The location of a vehicle can be monitored during transport. Many auto transport companies offer tracking services that allow for monitoring a car's journey via their website. If a company doesn't offer online tracking, an owner can receive updates on the vehicle's progress and location by calling the auto transport company.
What is the difference between open and enclosed car transport?
With open car transport, your car is typically moved from one location to the next on an open car hauler. Open car transport is often the less-expensive option, but it leaves the vehicle susceptible to damage from traffic and the weather. Still, know that damage is rarely incurred with open car transport. With enclosed car transport, your vehicle is shipped in a boxed trailer. This shipping method is often used to transport luxury cars, antique vehicles, and pricey specialty cars.
How does a car need to be prepared for transport?
To prepare a car for transport, take photos of the vehicle, and identify any preexisting damage. Later, this will help assess if the vehicle has been damaged in transit. In addition to removing personal items, car owners should remove or disable the car's alarm system, and remove custom products and add-ons like DVD players and GPS systems to avoid theft. Fold in the vehicle's side mirrors, and remove the antenna. Have an extra set of keys, so you don't have to give the carrier your only set. Finally, make sure the gas tank has roughly a quarter tank of fuel. A full fuel tanks adds excess weight, but they’ll need to be some gas in the tank so the car can be driven to and from the shipping facility.
Can the car be packed with belongings while it is being transported?
Your car cannot be packed with belongings while it is being transported. The Department of Transportation bans carriers from shipping cars that are loaded with household items. If a carrier breaks this law, it might be levied with a fine of up to $10,000.
What happens if a car is damaged during transport?
Auto transport companies have insurance that is designed to provide reimbursement if damage to a car occurs during transit. If you believe your car has been damaged during transport, it's important to promptly notify the auto transport company, since some companies only allow 30 days to file a claim.