Our first session will last one hour and fifteen minutes so that the new driver gets thoroughly acquainted with the road. We will start off by validating the learner’s permit so that the student can legally drive with a parent or guardian.
We drive with students who are at various levels of experience, but most of our students are completely new. That is where we come in! We strive to make the student feel comfortable at all times, regardless of what level of experience they have. This is fundamental to any new driver’s success.
Once we step into the vehicle, we will get familiarized with all the controls and go through a comprehensive pre-drive checklist. We will then start driving in residential areas focusing on proper steering technique and use of the accelerator and brake. We will be making numerous right and left turns, working on intersection evaluation, control, lane position, and stop position. We will also be making lots of lane changes. Repetition is the key to success.
We strongly emphasize good cautionary habits. This includes checking the rear-view mirror when braking, scanning side streets, looking left and right before entering an intersection, and using blinkers when making lane changes.
We will finally work on backing in a straight line, which is a key component of the driving test. We will then focus on maintaining control of the vehicle and keeping an appropriate speed while using the mirror and looking with your shoulders.
After we finish driving, we provide you with a form that details all the drills we covered and areas that need practice. We recommend that the new driver should have at least two to three hours of practice time with a parent, guardian, or driver over the age of 25. Remember, practice is the most important part of driving! The more you practice, the easier it becomes.