Driving in the United States can have more challenges for au pairs than simply learning to drive on the other side of the road! New this April at the Au Pair Training School, Cultural Care au pairs will attend a classroom course on driver’s safety in addition to their American Red Cross/AED and first aid certification delivered by the American Red Cross. The course is designed to familiarize au pairs with American driving laws, signs and protocols before traveling to their host families’ homes.
The training instructor reviews rules of the road (including seatbelt, child, and school bus safety), vehicle maintenance, weather and driving conditions in all seasons, and how to prepare for the unexpected (break downs and accidents). “Our au pairs enjoy the course because it offers a place for them to ask questions about specific things that they might be worried about when it comes to driving in the U.S.,” explains Maura Greehan, an Operations Manager at the school. “Almost always, they are shocked by the size our cars!”
It’s a great idea to have a conversation with your au pair about safe driving and how to help them transition to driving in the United States. “The session also encourages [the au pairs] to talk to their host families about driving in the U.S. and the specific car they will be using,” says Greehan.