Tips for parents when hiring an instructor for a child

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 4:41 PM

(KMOV.com) – Police are warning parents to use caution when paying someone to instruct their child.

A St. Louis County driving instructor told News 4 parents must be careful when choosing a driving instructor.

“They stop and do their banking while the student is in the car,” said Pat Guilfoy with West County Driving Instruction. “I’ve even had one that said he had to go to the bathroom and he went in the bar and stayed in the bar for 15-20 minutes. That’s a long trip to the bathroom.”

Police said parents should not simply focus on cost when making such as decision.

“They need to check out the instructor they’re going to have,” said Wayne Moore with Ellisville police. “And I would say not only check their criminal background. Make sure they have a valid driver’s license.”

Police recommend parents have a five minute face to face conversation with anyone who is going to be their child’s instructor before hiring them.

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