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Parent/Teen FAQ's 

I've signed up my teen, do I need to go with them?
My Teen/I have been in a crash and are nervous. Can your training help here?
How do you know this reduces crashes?
Can Parents train with their teens?
When is the ideal time to train a teen?
Can you come to my town and train?
Do you work with my driver training school?
I'm under 18; do my parents need to sign something?
My parents told me I need to take this class to get my license; can I pay extra and just get a graduation certificate?

General FAQs 

 

 

I've signed up my teen, do I need to go with them?
No, but we really wish you would. We already drop the price of additional family members by$100 in hopes you will take the class with your teen. If you want to just go and observe, there’s no charge at all. Ultimately, we get amazing feedback from parents that attend and many sign up to train on their own once they realize what their teen is learning. By attending the training you can help reinforce everything your new driver is learning and we have been told by more than one family that it was a great bonding experience for all. By the way, you are not in the car with each other during the training. As a result, your teen will tell us stuff they won’t tell you (plus they tell us stuff about your driving too). 

My Teen/I have been in a crash and are nervous. Can your training help here?
Absolutely, in our first few years of training the vast majority of our students were referred from their insurance agent after having crashed (sometime multiple times). Our instructors have a lot of experience here and we’ve received countless praise for the ability to instill confidence in those that have lost it (ironically, we receive an equal amount of positive feedback for level setting those overly confident drivers). 

How do you know this reduces crashes?
In Control is the first state certified hands-on, crash prevention training of its kind in the U.S. We’ve had third party studies find a 70% reduction in crashes for new drivers who take our training (compared to those that only take traditional drivers education). Additionally, we’ve seen similar crash reductions in experienced drivers. The fact is, some European countries have been doing this type of training for decades and their crash rate is dramatically lower than ours in the U.S. Come watch us train, you’ll be amazed at what you do not know about driving.

Can Parents train with their teens?
YES, in fact it is preferred. In a perfect world Mom, Dad, teens and grandparents all train together (we see it at least a few times per month). Parents of all ages need this training. Just because you are an experienced driver, doesn’t mean that you are a skilled driver. We have received a lot of positive feedback about the class as a bonding experience for parents and many insurance discounts apply to the whole family (not just the new drivers).

Should our teen wait until they have had their license a few months before training?
No, while we don't want your teen training in the first few weeks with a permit, we really do not think they should drive on their own without taking our course first.  The first few hundred hours behind the wheel are the riskiest.  Our goal is to see your new driver just prior to their license test. Of course, just because they passed that test, doesn’t make them an expert driver. Crash rates for drivers under 25 are dramatically higher than older drivers (until mature drivers, where we want to see you again), so even if your teen has been crash free for a few years, consider investing in our training for them.

Can you come to my town and train?
We would love to, and if your town has a space we can safely train in…we’ll stop by tomorrow! That said, it takes tremendously large paved spaces to perform our course. We are constantly looking for places to bring our training and encourage you to contact us if you find something that meets this requirement. Meanwhile, we are happy to come speak to your school, community organization, employer, etc about our training and how we can motivate people to travel to the closest site.

Do you work with my driver training school?
Probably, we have relationships with most of the professional driving schools in Massachusetts. We try to provide them with brochures, a video to show about us (seen here) and they often attend our training. There are over 300 schools in Massachusetts, so please introduce us if you don’t think we’re working together already.

I'm under 18; do my parents need to sign something?
Yes, a link to your preparation packet is emailed to you when you register. If you did not get that email or just need another copy, you can find that packet here. If you are coming to class on your own, this must be signed before you arrive. If your parent is coming to class with you, they can sign at our site.

My parents told me I need to take this class to get my license; can I pay extra and just get a graduation certificate?
Ahhh No! We realize that many teens arrive at our training “kicking and screaming,” but we promise you will leave with a smile on your face. We don’t like to brag about this, but our training is actually fun. We know we can help you avoid a crash and save off your auto insurance. No matter how wealthy you are, avoiding thousands of dollars in insurance surcharges is a great way to stay on the good side of your parents.

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