Everybody hates waiting in line at DPS. It’s boring and uncomfortable but what about the wait just to be able to wait at DPS? That’s what a new report over at NBC Dallas Fort Worth Channel 5 has uncovered; that the average wait time for an appointment to take your road test is now just over 3 months. You could literally have missed your entire summer driving season waiting for your road test. Book now and you’ll be driving next semester… maybe.
The Driving School industry is helping change those long waits however as various schools have signed up with the state to be licensed third party testing centers. Back in September 2014, Texas passed Senate Bill 1705 which allowed DPS to administer road tests via third party schools. Today, approved driving schools are providing road tests to your teens [and adults] right now instead of 11 weeks from next Tuesday! While taking the road test with a private driving school is usually a bit more expensive than the state’s standard $25 charge, you’ll be kicking yourself for delaying your teen from gaining greater experience behind the wheel sooner. This is done on your time, when you need it done, when your teen is ready.
Demand for private road tests is skyrocketing across Texas these days. This option is incredibly important not only for students about to take their test for the first time, but also for the kids that have failed their road tests. Imagine waiting 12 weeks to take your first attempt at a road test only to fail and have t wait another 3 months to do it again. 6 months of your life as a teenager without a license because you bumped the curb is a high price to pay. Admittedly, it’s not practice-practice-practice eating up that time; it’s the bureaucracy of state agencies. It’s not fair to your teen and it’s not fair to parents who have to continue to chauffeur around teens that are actually capable drivers. If you’re an adult, your livelihood can depend on being able to get around. It can affect where you live and work, and virtually every facet of your daily life. It’s a lot to be held to by lines at the DPS.
I’m a big believer in consistency when it comes to Texas Drivers Ed. I believe in the right programs, the right behind-the-wheel training, and the right instructors. The main thing I look for in Drivers Ed is if a school is capable of offering all those things for a quality education. Finding a school that can now offer road tests on top of everything else is incredibly important. It means your teen taking their road test in the same type of car they took their behind-the-wheel lessons in, from instructors who are held to the same uniform level of quality instruction. It means your teen will feel familiar instead of nervous. They’ll be comfortable, ready to pass their road test, and ready to drive.
DriverSafetyCenter.com recommends DriversEd.com for its Texas Teen Drivers Ed course, behind the wheel lessons, and private road tests. Check them out:
See NBC DFW 5’s original reporting on private road tests here.