I found this article on teendrivered.net. It gives a pretty good introduction to the concept of Parent Taught Driver Education.
In addition to the classic in-class (brick and mortar) format, Driver Education is also available in formats referred to as: Parent Taught, On-line, and Home Study. These are all basically the same; self-study, self-guided student driven programs with oversight by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. For the purpose of this article, we will refer to these collectively as home-study driver education.
The distinguishing factor in home-study driver education is parent over-site, nothing more. I have worked with many parents who become a facilitator of multiple students in a neighborhood, church, or home-school group however; the most successful parents/facilitators are those who follow a
curriculum guide provided by an approved driving school. The driving school will provide a state
approved curriculum, often with videos, tests, and technical support. The parent’s job is to make sure the student is following the instructions of the school that creates and provides the
To my knowledge no parent in the nation has created a home–study drivers education program without becoming a licensed commercial driving school. I am not aware of a parent developing a drivers education program, getting it approved by the licensing authority and then using the approved program for their student only.
This is very important because a drivers education provider carries special insurances such as product liability and general liability. The drivers education provider is also the responsible party for delivery of the final Completion Certificate which will be recognized by the driver licensing authority of that state.
The provider is normally a professional school staffed with driving educators and trainers who have a background in traffic safety and driver education. Ideally, the staff is available to help parents and students when they have questions about driver education or training. If the provider is unable to provide a full support team for the students enrolled in their program then the student is most likely not to complete the program. Parents depend on state approved drivers education programs which they can use to obtain a high level of training and safety for their student, a driver license and an insurance discount.
On the other hand, the parent is able to provide extensive supervised driving with the teen that would be impractical and unaffordable for a professional instructor to provide. When done properly, the partnership between a parent and a drivers education course provider is a powerful tool to create safe driver habits (and therefore, safer drivers) for life.