Stay Away - Dangerous, Reckless. Unsafe
In August 2014, during her very first driverís ed in-car lesson, Taggartís instructor took daughter who was 15 at the time and had essentially no driving experience, on the connector and I-285 during busy Saturday afternoon traffic. After about an hour of this driving, on 285, the instructor instructed my daughter to change lanes to the left. Daughter checked her blind spot and mirror but a truck came up very fast and struck the car. The instructor claims that she (the instructor) took control of the car before the collision but that my daughter took control back instantly Ė then the car collided with a semi. The instructor told the police this and our daughter was ticketed for an illegal lane change. (The charge was dismissed at arraignment.) We chose Taggartís because it advertised that the cars had instructor-side driving controls to allow instructors to take control of the cars. (Again, the instructor told the police officer that daughter immediately took control of the car back from the instructor. First, we donít believe this to have been the case. Second, why would this even be possible? If the purpose of the instructor controls is to take control of the car away from the student, why would the student be able to take it back immediately; this makes no sense. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the accident. However, I am seriously concerned that other kids might be put at grave risk.