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Navigating Your Way through Driving School Choices

Driver at driving school

Becoming a licensed driver is the biggest milestones in your teen’s life so far. While it represents freedom and adulthood to your child, it is a scary proposition for you. Fortunately, you can help your child develop good driving skills. While many public and private schools offer driving instruction as part of the curriculum, other American teens must attend a driving school in order to start on their path to a driver’s license. Laws regarding the legal age for obtaining a learner’s permit and a driver’s license vary by state. Requirements for driver training (both in the classroom and on the road) also vary. Many, but not all, states require driver’s education for teens under 18. Before you teen starts driving you should familiarize yourself with your state’s laws and regulations. Then start school shopping. So what should you look for in a quality driving school? Here are some of the steps that you should follow:

  1. Personal recommendations: Ask other parents and teens about their experiences with certain Some schools follow the minimum requirements set by your state while others go above and beyond and have a strong focus on safety. Asking parents and their teens for their opinions on a particular school gives you a pretty good feeling for whether or not the school focuses on safety, or wants your child to have fun in class so that they will recommend the school to others.
  2. Professional associations, licensure, and business practices: Driving school licenses are public record. Your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles should be able to confirm that the school is properly licensed. You should also check professional associations such as the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association ( and The Driving School Association of the Americas ( Membership in these organizations and similar state organizations shows a commitment to updated training. Finally, check with your local Better Business Bureau for complaints against the company.
  3. Tuition and fees: Don’t automatically reject a school because they are the most expensive. Compare actual programs. If a school is more expensive but your child gets more driving time, or the cars are newer and safer, that may be an appropriate trade-off for the price. Make sure that there are no hidden fees.
  4. Length of the program: Program lengths are determined in part by state requirements. A certain number of in-class hours are required. Look at schedules and see how many weeks a class meets, and for how many hours at a time. Find out what works for your child’s schedule.
  5. The quality of the classroom program: Are videos and movies used? Are state-supplied materials being used appropriately? This driving school Melbourne website contains good tutorials. Visit a class in session. Is the instructor professional? Is the classroom clean and organized? Are the training materials up-to-date? Do they provide for a parent session, and do parents receive tools for their use in supervising their child’s driving?
  6. Driving time: How is driving time scheduled and rescheduled if necessary? Do students drive alone with the instructor? If you child is a teenaged girl, this may make you uncomfortable. Where are students dropped off and picked up? At the driving school, home or their school? How many hours does each student have behind the wheel, and does it include night driving and highway driving?
  7. School policies: Find out how the school handles payment, absences, refunds, and makeup classes as well as weather cancellation

It can be a lot of work to find just the right school, but it is completely worth it when you are setting the foundation for your child’s driving future. You want to give your teen his or her best chance at becoming a responsible driver and staying safe.

Choosing The Right Gear Motor

Blue Geared Motor

Finding or designing the correct gear motor for your project or job can seem like a daunting task but it really is not as hard as it seems. Gear motors are highly customizable and relatively simple to use and work with so you may end up pleasantly surprised and attempt to put gear motors in everything you design. For some great, practical tips on how to choose the right geared motor for you and how to work with it, look no further because you have found it here.

Where To Start

The first thing you want to do when selecting a gear motor is to figure out your needs. Find out what the motor needs to accomplish. Make a list of everything you need it to do and then prioritize those items. The best way to prioritize the needed factors is to organize them based on what is the most important factor for making the system function well down to items that are more of a preference but not necessary.

An example of this would be to put the need to lift extremely heavy objects at the top of your list and the need to be a certain size near the middle of your list and then at the bottom of the priority list would be your preference in noise or heat.


The following qualifications are a good way to start ranking the needs of your gear motor as mentioned above. Use these factors to decide what exactly your project needs. If you or the manufacturer do not know exactly what you need, it is impossible to find or design the correct gear motor.

  • Source Of Power – This is a pretty important qualifier because it determines what type of power you are able to use to move this device. You will want to know the max current in amps, frequency in Hz, voltage and possibly even the control type. All of these are factors in what kind of motor you can use.
  • Environment Of System – Knowing what kind of environment the motor should work in is important because it will change based on the temperature and possibly even the humidity. For some, this will be more in the preference range and for others it will be a necessity especially working in delicate locations or harsh climates.
  • System Specifications – This is where size comes in. Usually, there will be a very strong preference for size and weight of the gear motor based on what it is being used for. This is also where you figure out how much noise it can produce (or is able to be put up with in some cases) as well as how long it lasts and how often it needs to be inspected and/or maintained.
  • Performance Of System – Torque is one of the biggest and most important factors of a gear motor. What needs to be known is the preference for starting and stopping torque ability as well as general speed allowance/generation. The performance also includes how long the motor is expected to be working and for what length of periods.
  • Other System Preferences – Other important factors that go into this process include what type of lubrication is used, how it is installed or mounted, how big its container needs to be, etc.

Selecting A Gearbox & Motor

There are two main ways to go about the final step of selection. The first way is to find a geared motor like these that suits the needs of your device and the second way is to design your own by choosing separate gearbox and motor and then putting them together yourself (or having them assembled for you).

13 Speaking and Presentation Skills Every Public Speaker should have

Public speaking in front of crowd

I have listened to the speeches of many top public speakers in the world. This has motivated me to compile a list of 20 speaking and presentation skills every speaker must have. This article is for would-be speakers, and those who are already engrossed in the world of public speaking.

Every public speaker is expected to:

Research a topic- nobody speaks from nowhere. One of the qualities of great public speakers is the ability to research their subjects very well.

Focus- your listeners should be focused on what you are saying. So, fine-tune your speech with anecdotes, quotes, humour, stories, and other side-attractions.

Your speech should be logical– as a speaker, you must present a well-organized presentation. It should be filled with wonderful ideas, ideas rule the world.

Use facts, statistics and quotations appropriately– don’t just use them for the sake of using them, instead they must be relevant to your arguments. Your speech must be a reference point. These things can be effectively used to complement your ideas.

Begin or round up with a story– most great speakers always begin or end their speech with an appropriate story that will speak to the minds and hearts of the audience. Everybody loves listening to a story. So, make your speech unique with the type of story you tell.

Make your first and last word to be strong- yes, they should be strong so that even if your audience did not remember anything, they will remember your first and last speech.

Public Speak Courses in MelbourneKnow when to use humour- know the right time to apply humour in your speech, and use it effectively. Humour will have a great effect if you incorporate it at the right time.

Dot your words with gestures- in the middle of the speech; try to punctuate your words with useful gestures. For example, if you tell them that the man is big, describe with your arms how big he was.

Use 3-dimensional space– do not chain yourself to the lectern always. Doing so will limit your passion and energy. Try as much as possible to lose the notes as well as the chain.

Analyze your audience- you need to know the type of audience you will be talking to, and tell them the message they want to hear. For example, if your audience are business students, then what you are talking to them should be related to business. If you are interested to learn more about this, check out some presentation courses. Don’t go and start discussing religion with them. Doing so will kill their interests.

Interact with your audience- at intervals, try and ask questions, and expect their answers. This helps to reinvigorate the zeal and interest in your speech. Your speech should be a dialogue. The question and answer session proves that you are indeed productive and that you are gifted in engaging the audience productively.

Customize your presentation to fit the time- one of the marks of a great public speaker is the ability to obey time constraints. If you are looking for quality public speaking training, be sure to have a look around to see what is near you. However in the meantime, have a practice yourself. If you will be speaking for 1-hour, try to customize your speech to fit the given time. Please respect your listeners by not encroaching into their time.

Show confidence and poise- most speakers lack these two essential qualities. If you lack them, your audience might be gifted to sense that. Your presentation must be motivational and highly inspiring.