A driving school offers education or driving tuition in the form of a formal program that teaches a new driver how to operate a vehicle in order to obtain a driving permit or a driving licence. Driving schools prepare new drivers with the help of practical instruction that can either take place at a classroom setting, in a specific vehicle, through online learning or a combination of all forms of education.
Chief areas of driving instruction include traffic laws, codes, symbols and accurate vehicle operation. Instructors in driving schools teach learners how to ward off hazardous conditions and overcome driver impairments while preparing them to drive in specific road conditions and through uncomfortable weather. Making use of audio-visual equipment, instructional videos might also be shown to learners in order to demonstrate the right form of driving strategy and the outcomes for not observing traffic regulations.
Driving schools get knowledge, to teach learners, from specific government printed manuals or government approved handbooks, and they in turn, supplement this knowledge with on-road tests and practical study in order to equip learners with the right driving technique. Practical education that takes place in the car, places the student in a specially fitted vehicle with the instructor. Driving schools have special vehicels/cars that are fitted with dual controls; where the instructor can take over the dominant position in case of emergency.
Driving schools were first initiated as a business in UK, somewhere between 1909 and 1910. Hugh Stanley Roberts established the British School Of Motoring in 1910, in South London. The school provided practical training and specialised courses in driving skills. It also began to introduce courses in car management and repair and subsequently began to supply vehicles for hiring, to drivers who were looking to practice on their own.