Learning to drive during the pandemic

Samantha Boring
Created: June 17, 2020 05:38 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - The summer is a time where many young drivers take driver's education classes, but the pandemic has created changes for something that is usually done in person. 
Minnesota drivers are required to complete 30 hours of a driver's education course, as well as six hours of driving instruction.

At Enhanced Driving Institute, the classes are mostly online. With more than 100 students from all over Southwest Minnesota.


"Since the COVID-19 struck, we had to struggle and work with the state to set up guidelines for us to start doing online classes. Which is what we have done through Zoom," driving instructor, John Pereda said. 
Once classroom instruction is finished, students get behind the wheel to practice what they have learned. The driver and instructor are both required to wear masks, and the car is wiped down between each driving session. Pereda says it is difficult to remember faces since he now only sees the students online until the driving part of the course. 
"The bad thing about it is I don't get to see the kids. Because normally watching in the class, I get to know the kids and interact with them a lot. So then when I do the behind the wheel with them, they know who I am and they have worked with me. And I know their personalities, their fears, and things they may have in driving," Pereda said.

There has been some back up in the process of keeping driver's education going during the pandemic, but now more permits are being issued.

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