Driving is an essential skill in the 21st century. Our society has been organized around driving, and in many areas, personal cars are the only way to get around effectively and safely. The key to this safety is well-trained drivers. Good, quality driver training helps inexperienced drivers develop the habits which will get them around safely.
Driving schools provide personal service. As you look for a good driving school in Suffolk, Virginia, here are some things to keep in mind.
If you are under 18, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires completion of a driver’s education course approved by the state government.
To obtain your license in Virginia, you’ll need to take a driver’s education program which meets the following requirements, as required by the Virginia DMV.
- You must hold your learner’s permit for at least nine months.
- Your parent, foster parent, or guardian will sign the Driver Education Completion certificate.
- As part of your driver training you will need to drive for at least 45 hours, at least 15 of which occur after sunset.
- The driver’s education course requires 35 class sessions, each lasting 50 minutes.
- In addition, the driving school provides 14 in-car instructional sessions, also lasting 50 minutes each—you’ll driver during 7 of them, and observe for seven of them.
- The driver training school may be approved to provide the road skills test for obtaining your license; otherwise, you’ll have to have the DMV to administer that part of the test.
Private driver training schools want your business–which means they should be open to your questions and visits as they provide instruction. Fuhrmann Driving Academy can help you answer all your questions.
- Class Size—there’s no class size requirement, but instruction works best with smaller classes. Classes should also be with students at the same point in their driving careers, so we’d match teens with teens and adults with adults.
- Behind the Wheel Training—the school should provide a variety of experiences for students behind the wheel—city and country, heavy traffic and highway.
- State Requirements—the topics covered are set by the state, and you should make sure the school meets those requirements as set by the Department of Education.
- Licensing—the school must be licensed by the Commonwealth and County/City of its place of business.
- Affordability—shop around; some schools may have financial aid or payment plans available.
- On Line Education—some schools offer on-line coursework approved by the state government—you will probably need to take your final test in person.
- Scheduling—each school will have a different schedule for its on-line courses. Fuhrmann Driving Academy offers class sessions in the summer over the span of two weeks.
Find out everything you can about your driving school options. Ask friends, and check out on-line reviews.
- Reputation—You may know people who have used the school—ask.
- Convenience—Some schools may do pickup. Schools should be willing to do behind the wheel training in Suffolk, Virginia, not just in the city where the school is located.
- Pass rate—ask the school what their pass rate is. If you fail the tests three times, you will have to get more training, including behind the wheel.
Should I Use a Driving School?
Parents and guardians of teen driving students sometimes wonder if they should take the lead in their teen’s driver training. You may have been taught by your parents, and you may think you have the right habits for them to have while driving.
Professional driving schools are still an excellent value. While the initial driver training may not directly reduce your insurance, the skills taught will certainly reduce the risk your teen driver presents on the road. You may also not know the rules of the road as well as the expert instructor. Sometimes parents think their teen is not “ready” for a particular skill, and therefore that skill is skipped.
As experienced adult drivers, we all have driving short cuts which may not be strictly by the book. While they may work, but they do so only because experience has taught us that they work safely. You may know that traveling the speed of traffic is safe, and thus go 72 in a 65 mph zone. Other drivers make curves smoother by crossing the double-yellow line when the road ahead is clear. We all have these little habits, but they might cause failure on the road test!
Driving school instructors know the areas in which the road test is given, and thus can focus their attention on what truly needs to be done to pass.
Finally, Virginia requires at least 45 hours of behind the wheel experience before obtaining a driver’s license. Most driving schools provide 7 hours of practical experience. You will be part of the driver training because you will be present with your teen for most of those 45 hours.
Adult Driving Instruction
Some people don’t learn to drive until they are adults. Others may be required by a court order or the DMV to obtain instruction. Fuhrmann Driving Academy offers an on-line clinic which meets all state requirements, allowing you to get back on the roads of Suffolk, Virginia as a safe driver.
- Court Order—courts may require a Driver Improvement Clinic
- DMV Order—The DMV may require the clinic—you will probably need to complete it in 90 days.
- License revocation—the course may be part of the license reinstatement process.
- Voluntary Participation—some people volunteer to take the course to reduce their insurance, or to receive 5 safe driving points on their license. You must be 20 years old and up to voluntarily participate.
While most of the course can be conducted on-line, the final exam takes place in-person.
We want you to be a safe driver in Suffolk, Virginia, as well as everywhere you end up driving. Fuhrmann Driving Academy is ready to get you where you want to go.