New Law Changes Shopping for Driver Education

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On the Monday, September 7, 2009 broadcast of their 6 o'clock newscast, KHOU, Channel 11, CBS's Houston, Texas affiliate, it was announced that there's a new way to find "the worst driving school in Houston".

Co-anchors Len Cannon and Lucy Noland noted that a new law now requires the Department of Public Safety to track and publish the collision-rates of the new drivers based on the driver education course they completed or school they attended.

Mr. Patrick Barrett, founder of Driver Ed in a Box®,, stated "This new law will give the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when choosing driver education for their new teen driver." Mr. Barrett added, "This law will also begin to hold driver education companies accountable."

"Accountability is something the driver education community has avoided for some time. The collection of statistical data may encourage driving schools, both public and private, to focus on producing safer drivers and not simply pushing teens through to getting a driver license," says Mr. Barrett, a nationally recognized expert in collision-free driving. The new law, House Bill 339, can be viewed at

Mr. Barrett introduced legislation which led to House Bill 339, sponsored by Representative Larry Phillips. This Bill was signed by Governor Perry on June 19, 2009 and became effective on September 1, 2009. As a result of this Bill, an on-road driving test will be required for minors, drivers aged 16 and 17, who are getting their driver license. Driving instructors can no longer waive the actual driving test. Mr. Barrett also states "However, I believe the major impact of this Bill is that for the first time the public will see the collision-rates of the graduates of the individual schools that offer driver education to the public."

Mr. Barrett, founder of Driver Ed in a Box®,, has been in the driver training industry since 1974. Mr. Barrett is the author of numerous articles and books including the popular Driver Ed in a Box® course which is an at-home driver education course considered to be the ultimate in parent taught driver education. Mr. Barrett has also served at President of the North American Professional Driver Education Association.

What can be done to make teens safe drivers?

A Texas study demonstrates that certain teen drivers have fewer crashes. According to the Texas study, these teens use a product called Driver Ed in a Box®. Mr. Barrett states "Parents who follow the Driver Ed in a Box® program provide nine months to a year of extended supervised training to teach their teen to drive. And fortunately, our product walks you through the complete process step by step."

According to Mr. Barrett, "A review of the driving records of the graduates of our parent-taught driver education course, Driver Ed in a Box®, shows that our 16 year old graduates have a collision rate of only 1.7%. Studies show that 16 year old drivers in the state of Texas using other methods of driver education have a collision rate of 11.4%." This study can be viewed at

About Driver Ed in a Box, LLC:
Driver Ed in a Box, LLC was started by Patrick L. Barrett (Pat), a nationally known expert in training for collision-free driving. We are a company with a mission to provide families with the knowledge and tools necessary to build the habits of safe, collision-free driving.


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