Don't make the mistake of thinking that completing a driver education program will make your teen a safer driver; in fact, there's not a lot of evidence to suggest that new drivers who've taken driver training classes have fewer accidents compared to their peers who did not [source: Ferguson]. And successful completion of those education courses, at least in some states, means a new driver can get a learner's permit earlier than her peers who haven't done so. It may also allow her to skirt other graduated driver's licensing rules, including those restricting the number of passengers and times of driving -- and it's these very laws that are actually keeping teens safer behind the wheel.
Driver education classes for higher-level skills, though, may not be a bad idea for your teen -- and for you. These supplementary classes are meant for people who already have a license but want extra training in accident avoidance, including what to do in a skid and how to anticipate and avoid hazards.