In Alberta, you are not required by law to take a driver education course. According to the Ministry of Transportation website, you are "strongly encouraged to take a professional Driver Education Training Course" but should you choose not to, you are free to take that option. The question then arises: do I really need to take a driver education course when it isn't mandatory?
The answer is a resounding yes. There are a few good reasons why you should. First and foremost, it will make you a better driver. While it's possible that a friend or family member may be an excellent driving instructor, it's likely that they have forgotten a few things along the way. The instructors at professional driving courses are trained in safe driving skills and know tips and techniques that can stop you from being a danger behind the wheel. Simply put, a driver's education course could save your life and the lives of those sharing the road with you.
Secondly, having a driver's education course under your belt could save you money on car insurance. A broker understands that someone who has taken a professional driver education course is less likely to cause a collision. He or she knows that someone with training is better able to navigate the roads and is more capable of avoiding accidents and other claimable incidents.
It just makes sense. Think of how you might analyse a similar situation. Imagine if you had to choose someone to drive your child to school. Would you rather have someone who has taken a rigorous course on how to avoid collisions? Or would you choose someone who learned to drive from their Uncle Steve? It's a pretty obvious choice.
So, when you or a loved one is getting their license for the first time, consider taking a driver education course. It will save you money on your insurance and could save your life!