Maryland Drivers Training: Behind the Wheel Training and Permit Training
To some, driving is a passion, while for others, it is a task. Then there are those, who take public transport instead. Understanding the benefits of being able to drive a motor vehicle will develop an interest in learning the skill.
- Driving is a lifelong skill. Once you learn, you never forget.
- You have the freedom to travel where you want and when you want
- It is faster than public transport
- Having a license opens up more employment opportunities as some jobs call for this skill.
- A driver’s license can be used as an identity proof.
Apart from these, the benefits of knowing how to drive differ based on one’s perspective. Knowing a skill is always a benefit. Similarly, knowing how to drive, irrespective of whether you own a car or not is a necessity in today’s times.
Obtaining a driver’s license in Maryland
To obtain a driver’s license in Maryland, the applicant has to be at least 15 years and nine months of age. Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration issues a Learner’s permit post the successful vision screening. The applicant has to be 16 years and six months to write and pass the driver skill test to obtain the provisional license. On completing the requirements of the provisional license, the MVA will automatically convert the license to a full driver's license. There are two kinds of training provided by the Maryland State before a full driver’s license is issued.
Behind the wheel training in Maryland
Applicants must obtain a valid learner's permit before ‘behind the wheel’ driver education training, or driving on Maryland's roadways. While driving under the learner’s permit, a qualified supervising driver must be present at all times. The supervising driver must be at least 21 years of age and has held a valid driver’s license for at least three years. Under a supervised trainer, the trainee driver has to complete age-restricted, specified hours of ‘behind the wheel’ training. Maryland requires all registered vehicle owners to carry liability insurance, uninsured motorist, and personal injury protection coverage even during the ‘behind the wheel’ training period.
A provisional license holder is allowed to drive without being accompanied by a supervising driver. They are exempt from night driving and have a passenger limit. A provisional license holder gets trained in following the state laws while driving. Any conviction or probation before judgment with a provisional license will restart the 18 month time period one must hold the license. With a provisional license, ‘behind the wheels’ training becomes tougher as there is no supervisor to guide through the laws and regulations.
Permit Training in Maryland
Permit license refers to the license given by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to the applicant to practice driving under a supervised trainer. The permit can be either learner’s permit or the provisional license which does not require a supervisor. Permit training is necessary for new applicants, especially teenagers who are under 16 years of age. A person is not allowed to take driver’s training in Maryland State without a valid permit license by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Under any conviction or violation, the applicant parent/guardian who co-signs the application has the authority to withdraw the consent.
Permit license not only helps in training safe driving, but it also helps practice other driving laws and regulations such as
- not to drive under alcohol influence
- not to use a mobile phone while driving
- following the speed limit
The permit license is revoked if the applicant is found to have violated any State laws. Following such strict rules help in training a person to become a skilled and responsible driver.