Lemon Bay High School student Becca Robbins learned a lot from Ault’s Driver Education Center free summer class following her freshman year in 2011.
“I would recommend this to anybody,” Robbins said. Ron Wittenburg was Robbins’ instructor. “I enjoy doing what I do,” Wittenburg said. “I used to teach high schoolers for 38 years in Wisconsin, and I’ve been with Ault’s for five years.”
Brad Ault, founder of the driving center, is offering free summer courses in Charlotte and Sarasota counties at various high schools.
“Our curriculum will score based on abilities,” Ault said. “We’ll go over residential, multilane, and if they’re ready, interstate. We will also teach them maneuvers for the Florida state road test.”
Wittenburg said most of his students pick up the material.
“One of the reasons why students take the course is because of how it will lower insurance premiums,” Wittenburg said. “Some parents are squeamish about teaching their children themselves. The students want to learn proper procedures.”
Wittenburg said the biggest problems he sees with students are improper braking and judging speed and distance.
“Some people feel the need to drive the speed limit or too fast to match appropriate situations,” he said. “Sometimes kids get their driving habits from their parents.”
Robbins said she noticed how her mother backs out of a driveway.
“She would turn her head,” Robbins said. “You’re supposed to use the rearview mirrors.”
“On the Charlotte County classes, there will be six hours’ worth of classroom time, six hours’ worth of driving and six hours’ worth of homework,” Ault said. “In Sarasota County, there will be no classroom (time), rather scheduled hour-and-a-half assigned driving times. This program will have six hours of behind the wheel driving instruction.”
Classes at Charlotte County will be at Charlotte, Lemon Bay and Port Charlotte high schools. The classroom instruction will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 5-7. Driving instruction will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 until late July, depending on the number of students signed. Students will be able to earn half a class credit upon completion.
Classes in Sarasota County will offer two sessions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first session will be held June 10 through June 27 at Sarasota and Venice high schools. The second session will be July 8 through July 27 at Riverview and North Port high schools. The program has a mandatory orientation on June 4 at each school. Orientation times will vary upon registration, according to Ault. Eligible students in either program must be registered at a high school level, possess a valid learner’s license and be at least 15 years old.
For more information, go to http://www.aultstraffic school.com , or call 941-474-5125.