Turning sixteen is a rite of passage for most Canadian teenagers, as this birthday marks a period where they can legally operate an automobile. As you probably already know, Ontario uses a graduated licencing system, where new drivers must go through – and pass – three steps in order to receive a full licence without restrictions. The first phase, known as the G1, consists of passing a written test in order to earn a learner’s permit. Next is the G2, where drivers receive a probationary licence after driving with their learner’s permit for up to a year (and after passing a road test). Finally, there’s the G, or full licence without restrictions, which comes after having the G2 licence for a year and after successfully completing another road test.
While Ontario’s licencing system allows teenagers to gradually learn to drive, it’s still worthwhile for parents to enroll their young drivers in a driver’s education program. Not only do driver’s education programs have track records of shaping safer drivers, but there are also licencing benefits as well.
Benefits of Taking Driver’s Education
- Safety: First and foremost, the more a teen learns about driving and what and what-not to do in certain situations (like during rain, snow or ice) , the better prepared they will be.
- Recognized by the insurance industry: Parents will love this one. That’s because if you’re able to show that there’s a focus on becoming a safe driver, insurance companies are likely to recognize this as well. And being that new drivers are expensive to insure, going with an MTO approved BDE course provider may provide benefit.
- Quicker G2 Licencing: The G2 licence permits drivers to drive alone, but under certain restrictions. And going to and approved BDE course provider can also help young drivers achieve this licence milestone several months faster than if they were not taking a course. Specifically, those who have gone through driver’s education programs can achieve the G2 eight months after earning their learner’s permit – not the full year if they were not to attend driver’s education.
- Confidence/Reassurance: By taking a driver’s education course and the driving lessons that come along with it, teens can gain the confidence they need to drive well because they’re getting the right information to help guide them. And parents can rest easier at night knowing that their child is as well prepared as he/she can be to take on the open road.
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