I learned to drive through a "drivers ed" program, though it was not a good experience. I liked the teacher, but he gave little warning when I needed to turn somewhere, stop soon, etc. I think it would be smart to start everyone off on a closed course... I think they do this for a lot of drivers ed people, but I was out on the road the second day so I was very scared! I am a decent driver now, but as far as teaching goes I think experience has been the best instructor.