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Driving Lessons: Behind-the-Wheel Training
You can begin driving lessons once you’ve completed and passed your driver's education courses.
What are Driving Lessons?
Driving lessons, also known as behind-the-wheel training, is a hands on way to learn how to drive. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process of learning how to operate a vehicle.
What Should I Expect from my Driving Lessons?
Your experienced instructor will teach you to safely and lawfully navigate your car on public roads, freeways, residential areas and more.
- Expect to learn how to...
- Adjust mirrors and seat to prepare for a drive
- Change gears from park to reverse and drive
- Back your vehicle from a driveway, parking space or curb
- Change your lane
- Make a left and right turn safely
- Make U-turns
- Drive through intersections
- Keep space between you and the driver in front of you and around your vehicle
- Parallel park and park on hills
- Drive on the freeway including entering and exiting
- Drive at night
- Stay safe and know the laws regulating drivers and operation of your vehicle
- Yield to other drivers when necessary
- Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
Why Do I Need an Instructor?
In order to receive your license you must be able to successfully pass the driving test with the DMV. Our instructors are exceptionally trained to teach you all you need to know in order to pass your driving test. They know what it takes to pass and their guidance will help you learn how to be a safe and well-informed driver from day one.
How Long Do I Need to Take Lessons?
California law requires those under the age of 18 to have at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. However, you may take as many more hours as you think you need in order to learn how to drive like a pro. The more lessons you take the more confident and experienced you’ll be for the driving test.
Other Ways to Practice
Take what you learn on your driving lessons and practice. If you are under the age of 18 you are required to practice 50 hours’ worth of driving, 10 of which must be at night. Drive with a supervised driver, who must be at least 25 years of age, and log the hours you practice.
- Helpful Tips...
- Apply what you learned that day from your instructor at your practice time
- Doing this will help you remember the lesson
- Practice at an empty parking lot in the beginning then gradually take to the streets
- Brush up on what you learned in driver's education by re-reading material and the handbook
Safety Tips for New Drivers
Keep in mind that as a new driver you will be more vulnerable to safety hazards. These tips will help you be safe on the road as a new driver while you are training and even after you receive your license.
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Step 1: Inspect Your Car
- Make it a habit to always inspect your car for any damages or issues such as flat tires or oil spills
- Make sure you have enough gas in the tank
- Make sure your car is getting regular oil changes and tire rotations; make notes of when you get such services and when you might need to get the car serviced again
Step 2: Get Comfortable to Drive before you Start the Car
- Adjust your seat and your mirrors before you start the car
- Put on your seatbelt before putting the key into the ignition
- If you are putting on your seat belt while already on the road, you are not following the law and you are in an unsafe situation
Step 3: Check all Around You, Constantly
- Check your surroundings before you pull out of your driveway, parking space or the curb
- Don’t forget to constantly use your mirror while you drive
- Knowing where other cars are in respect to your vehicle will allow you to make quick and safe decisions if necessary
- If another vehicle is driving unsafely you can avoid them by spotting them first
- This will also help you spot pedestrians and bicyclists
Step 4: Follow the rule!
- This means you need to pay attention to the speed limit, traffic lights, traffic signs and signaling for other vehicles as well as you signaling when you plan to turn or change your lane
- Do not drive if you are intoxicated, if you are not feeling well, if you are overly emotional or if you are taking medicine that states you shouldn’t be operating any machinery
Step 5: Pull Over if You Need To
- Do not be ashamed to pull over if the road conditions or weather makes it difficult for you to drive; it is better to be safe than sorry
Step 6: Remember, You are Driving
- Driving is a serious task and can be a dangerous one. Concentrate and focus on your driving and your surroundings
- Do not put on make-up, fix your hair, talk on the phone, eat, play your music to loud, try to get other driver’s attention for such things as small talk or flirting
- You are not the only person on the road, be cognizant of other people’s safety as well as yours
Step 7: Be Prepared for Emergency Situations
- Have an emergency car kit which can include:
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Extra money for gas
- Your car manual
- Extra tire
- Non-perishable food
- You may have a flat one day and be stranded for hours, make sure to be prepared for such situations
- Also, have an emergency contact list in your car which includes numbers for road side assistance