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Common Driving School Questions

What sets Learn to Drive apart from other driving schools?

Learn to Drive utilizes the 11th edition of the “Drive Right” textbook and videos with the latest, up-to-date information for driver’s education.

Learn to Drive Lakewood currently has a 2009 Hyundai Elantra that “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a five out of a possible five stars for front-impact tests, and four out of five stars for side-impact testing. The Elantra also receives a four-star rollover rating. The 2009 Hyundai Elantra’s safety features are competitive within the class. They include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and six standard airbags.” (US News & World Report, 2009) Our other vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Corolla. Learn to Drive Golden has 2 (two) 2010 Toyota Corollas.

What is required to be eligible for a Colorado Driver’s Education Permit?

The individual must be of age 15 years – 15 years and 6 months. The permit is valid for 3 years after issuance.

You must have:

  • A completed Affidavit of Liability Guardianship (DR2460).
  • A completed Affidavit of Completion of a Driver Education Classroom Course indicating you have completed and passed the classroom portion of a state-approved driver education course within 6 months prior to applying for your instruction permit. (back of the DR2460)
  • The 30 hour classroom study course can be classroom or internet. The Statement of Completion form is located on the reverse side of the DR2460.

What requirements are mandatory for a minor having been issued a Colorado Driver’s Education Permit?

Any minor issued a driver’s education permit (the permit for minors 15 years up to 15/6 months) on or after 04/23/2007, must complete behind-the-wheel training prior to applying for their driver’s license. They may complete one of the following:

  • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a driving instructor from an approved school
  • 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training with their parent, guardian or alternate permit supervisor if there is no approved school offering at least 20 hours of driver’s education per week located within 30 miles of the permit holder’s residence.

Any minor issued a drivers permit at 15 years and 6 months and older who has completed the 30 hour classroom portion to obtain an instruction permit must complete one of the following:

  • 6 hours of behind the wheel training with a driving instructor from an approved school
  • 12 hours of behind the wheel training with their parent, guardian or alternate permit supervisor if there is no approved school offering at least 20 hours of driver education per week located within 30 miles of the permit holders residence
  • complete a 4-hour driver awareness class

How long must a minor hold a Colorado Instruction Permit before being eligible for testing to obtain a Driver’s License?

Minors under age 18 must hold an instruction permit for at least twelve months and be 16 years old before they are eligible to take a driving test. Minors are given credit for any time they held a permit in this or any other state if they show the permit documentation.

Any minor issued a driver’s education permit (the permit for minors 15 years up to 15/6 months) on or after 04/23/2007, must complete behind-the-wheel training prior to applying for their driver’s license. They may complete either 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a driving instructor from an approved school or 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training with their parent, guardian or alternate permit supervisor if there is no approved school offering at least 20 hours of behind-the-wheel training per week located within 30 miles of the permit holder’s residence.

Minors under 18 must also submit a written log showing at least 50 hours of drive time experience at the time they apply for their Driver’s License. Ten of those 50 hours must have been driven at night. For complete information about the Log Sheet and restrictions for drivers under 17 years of age, see the “Driver Time Log Sheet” (DR 2324)”.

Can you take the behind-the-wheel course separate from the classroom course?

Yes, Learn to Drive offers a 6-hour behind-the-wheel instruction as a part of our specified programs or as a separate “Behind-The-Wheel” training course. We also offer internet instruction and the 6-hour behind-the-wheel instruction, but the 6-hour behind-the-wheel instruction can be offered separately from the complete course.

What is the program outline for the Learn to Drive classroom courses?

The classroom programs cover 10 sessions (each 3 hours in length):

  • Session 1: ~You are the Driver ~Signs, Signals, and Roadway Markings
  • Session 2: ~Basic Vehicle Control ~Performing Basic Driving Maneuvers
  • Session 3: ~Managing Risk with the IPDE Process
  • Session 4: ~Effects of Driver Condition ~Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Driving
  • Session 5: ~Managing Distractions ~Natural Laws and Car Control
  • Session 6: ~Negotiating Intersections
  • Session 7: ~Driving in Adverse Conditions ~Handling Emergencies
  • Session 8: ~Driving in City Traffic, Rural Areas, and on Highways
  • Session 9: ~Buying and Maintaining a Vehicle ~Planning your Travel
  • Session 10: ~Colorado Driver Handbook – Review, Quiz, and Final Exam

Do the above sessions need to be taken in order?

The sessions can be taken in any order, however Session 10 can only be taken after the first 9 Sessions have been completed. Session 10 is reserved for reviewing the Colorado Driver Handbook  and the Permit Test.

Is a company-owned vehicle provided in the Learn to Drive Behind-the-Wheel training courses?

Our company-owned vehicles are equipped with passenger side brakes and mirrors for the certified instructor to ensure safety in all situations. Currently in Lakewood, we have a 2009 Hyundai Elantra that “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a five out of a possible five stars for front-impact tests, and four out of five stars for side-impact testing. The Elantra also receives a four-star rollover rating. The 2009 Hyundai Elantra’s safety features are competitive within the class. They include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and six standard airbags.” (US News & World Report, 2009) Our other vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Corrolla. We also have 2 (two) 2010 Toyota Corollas in our Golden office.

Are the Learn to Drive instructors Colorado State approved and qualified?

Yes, all of the Learn to Drive instructors are approved through State background checks and have prior teaching experience.