As of January 1, 2024, the waiver for the road test will be over. ALL students who will be eligible for the probationary license after 1-1-24 will need an appointment for a road test. For those students who will be eligible in January, please schedule your road test NOW.
First off, THANK YOU, to all the 100’s of folks who sent such warm regards to our announcement back in September. We do understand the disappointment many of you faced with the choices available in the area for drivers’ education, Karen and I, because of this, have made the decision to reopen the driving school until we retire years down the road. The price for our services will be $495.00 for the entire course, those who would like to do the internet instruction can sign up online and begin. In person classroom instruction and behind the wheel is now up and running by clicking on the choice at the bottom of the screen.
There will still be door to door services in the Wausau and Everest areas, but not in the outlying areas as this way we can expect students will be at the appointment as their parents will need to bring them into Wausau or Everest. I am sorry for these changes but when I looked at the thousands of dollars we lost because of no shows, rescheduling, down time for employees, wasted wear and tear on equipment, etc., well, the driving school just can’t keep surviving. Again, please read the contract before submitting, so we are all on the same page.
Back before Covid 19 hit we had a pass ratio with our students of 97% for the road test on their first try. The DMV examiners have told Tom that he should have been doing this 20 years before we started in 2005, as he teaches students how to survive and not just pass the road test as so many driving schools do. Our program helps students to be the best at driving as they can, without cutting corners with missed lessons and missed hours for behind the wheel and classroom as others do. Our driver education vehicles have dash cams in all to protect the student, instructor and equipment and we drive Toyota Rav4 vehicles. If you would like a superior program for your young driver, look no further then Decker’s Driving Academy. Decker’s Driving Academy has been open since 2005 as we have been teaching for 18 years. If you are still reluctant on your decision, contact one of the many students in the congratulations screen, they won’t steer you wrong.
On My Mind – What is Changing
Over the last 18 years parenting and student attitude towards driving is changing, as well as my disbelief in how this all affects us and our
society as a whole. Many of you folks have read the complaints that have been posted on social media, and all I can say is some of these are
made up as these folks were never customers of ours and the others are people who have students who missed their lesson and were charged
the no show fee and received no pity from the instructor or myself for their students no show. Parents will say to us “well they are only 15”,
even though they want to drive a 2-ton vehicle around by themselves. Parents now go to social media to voice their concerns to blame us for their
students irresponsibility. When I had 10 cars going, we had on average 50 no shows per month, a business can’t keep up with rescheduling,
as well as lost time running around the county. This is why these students go to the bottom of the call list and we move on to a student who is
responcible and really wants a drivers license.
I have learned some very valuable information about the last 10 years of the business.
1. You can’t please everyone. You can try, but it will never be enough for some.2. Some students can control their parents and lie to get what they want, and the parent(s) will back them, even if you show proof to them, they will still defend.
3. There are many folks out there that are never happy, unless they can bring you down to their level. This by making up lies and complaints without merit to try and destroy or discredit others’ lives.
4. No matter how good of a person you are, you will always finish last, and that the liars and the cheaters will always finish first, so protect yourself.
5. A good working person with excellent values will always be asked to do more.
When I found out from the students that around 60% of parents text and drive, I was amazed. I can educate the student on the hazards of this act, but parents need to help with this as well. If you do not want your student driver to text and drive, then you should lead by example. I tell students if the person texting doesn’t care about their safety, then why would they care about yours? We have so many negative things going on in our society that it seems like we are going backwards in evolution. So, if we can help by teaching correct methods and values to students who come to Decker’s Driving Academy and have a little fun in the process, then it is a win-win for everyone.
Since we have had so many no-shows for appointments, we will be changing some of the services for the reopening. Please read the contract before submitting, even if your student signs themselves up. Once submitted it is an agreement to the terms of the contract and typing in the name constitutes a digital signature. There will be no more fees for a no show unless agreed to by both parties, appointments are an agreement between student, and the instructor. We will not tolerate anymore no shows and students run the risk of being dropped from the course without a refund as the driving school was willing and able to provide services. We are not going to text your student when we are in front of school waiting, or at the house waiting, come and ring the doorbell, or go into the school to get the student (Where is this allowed in any school?), your student should be ready at least 5 minutes on either side of the appointment time, as we are talking about driving not teleportation. Teach your student how to use the scheduling feature in their phone since one hand is always caring the thing anyway. Parents, if you do not want your student to make appointments you must tell us prior to us making an appointment with your student. We will not entertain the idea after the student no shows, the parent saying, “but you didn’t OK or confirm the appointment with me first”. This is something that your student wants and their first big time to be responsible. Our time is just as valuable and students need to learn how to stand up to a bully like taught in school, bullies like teachers (changing of times met with students), coaches (changing practice times last minute), employers (changing work times last minute), etc. Driving is way more important than many subjects taught in high school, especially in our present society. Parents have no problem yanking their students out of school for vacations, sporting events, church missionary work, doctor and dentist appointments, etc., so why driving appointments? Distracted driving, non-licensed drivers, non-insured drivers, reckless drivers, etc., are these not important to families today? To our communities? As we have brought down the accident ratio by 95% in Wausau for 16-and 17-year-olds is not important to families, to communities who want to feel safe in their neighborhoods, their family members out and about. Yes, this is why we are all over the place, exposing your student to as many different scenarios in driving as we can, I don’t believe in hanging out in a neighborhood wasting driving time doing the same thing each lesson in same location. This does not help prepare the student for anything, sure it is safer for the driving school for liability, wear and tear on the vehicle, and not being on the main roads to hold up impatient drivers, but how does that help the student? This is why we get flicked off, honked at, tailgated, etc, because we are showing students the correct way and many people are annoyed with getting behind a driver education vehicle today. Yes, students will make mistakes while learning, I get that, this is why our vehicles are marked, but for those of you who are annoyed would you rather be on the road where a student was taken around the block for 6 hours by a driving school, no parent practicing, and then received a license without a review to see if they are ready to drive without a net? If parents and students feel that driver’s education is such a waste of time and resources, then tell Madison we don’t need drivers’ education anymore. Let the parents do the instruction with their students since we have the waiver on going, where a road test is not needed, and many students and parents don’t put in the practice times required anyway. We as instructors can tell, and these students are yes, getting the waiver and receiving a license, and I can’t stop them from continuing without the possibility of losing my instructors license, because the DMV wants the parents to make that critical decision. Let’s make this driving thing just a free-for-all, right? I will say this, I wouldn’t want to ride a bicycle in our society today with my back turned to the vehicles traveling with me. A distracted, or speeding driver, the bicycle rider would never see this coming and would never be able to react. Yes, our bike laws need to be changed as they are no longer safe because so many drivers don’t care. I have witnessed near hits and actual hits to riders.
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