Choosing a Driving School in Portsmouth, Virginia

Choosing a Driving School in Portsmouth, Virginia

One special event in many teen’s lives is receiving their driver’s license. Driving is an essential skill, because we have organized our culture around driving. In many areas, personal cars are the only way to get around effectively and safely. The key to this safety is well-trained drivers. Every new driver in Portsmouth, Virginia needs to have safe driving instruction.

Driver education is a personal experience everyone. As you search for a driving school in Portsmouth, Virginia, keep these characteristics in mind.


A driver’s education course is required for all new drivers under 18 years old. To obtain your license in Virginia, the course must meet the following requirements, as required by the Virginia DMV.

  • You can get your permit at 15 ½ years old, and must hold it for at least nine months.
  • The Driver Education Certificate must be completed by a parent, foster parent, or guardian.
  • You’ll need to take 35 class sessions, each lasting 50 minutes long; most schools will combine class sessions so you can do several in a day.
  • The driving school must also provide 14 in-car instructional sessions, 7 as observer and 7 behind the wheel. Some schools, like Fuhrmann Driving Academy, include the road skills test in these seven hours.
  • Outside of the school setting, you’ll need to drive for at least 45 hours before obtaining your license—15 of those hours must be after sunset.

The School

Like all small business, private driver training schools want your patronage. They should be open to your questions and visits during instruction. Fuhrmann Driving Academy can help you answer all your questions as you search for a driving school in Portsmouth, Virginia.

  • Class Size—In Virginia there’s no class size requirement for in-person training. Instruction works best with smaller classes. Fuhrmann Driving Academy offers in-person summer driver training courses in several communities, including Portsmouth.
  • 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—you will need to take your final test in person.
  • Scheduling—Schedules will vary for in-person instruction. The summer classes offered byFuhrmann Driving Academytake place over 10 days, for about 3.5 hours each day.

Other Considerations

You can find out a lot about a driving school by asking around.

  • Reputation—Family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers may have used the school—ask.
  • Convenience—Schools should be willing to do behind the wheel training in Portsmouth, Virginia, not just in the city where the school is located.
  • Pass rate—Find out the school’s pass rate for both the written and road tests. If you fail either three times, you will have to get further driver training, and the school is part of your success on these tests.

Should I Use a Driving School?

Parents sometimes wonder how much a part of their teen’s driver training they should be. Many people were taught by their parents, and you may think you have the right habits to pass along.

Don’t worry—you will be involved. Virginia requires 45 hours of behind the wheel driving before getting the license, and you will be in the car for a great deal of that time. 15 of those hours must be completed after sunset in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Professional driving schools do provide value. You will know that your teen has been taught safe-driving skills which will keep them safe on the road—and may help lower your insurance. The instructor knows the rules of the road intimately, and can insure that knowledge gets passed on. And parents sometimes think their teen isn’t “ready” for a particular skill—it gets skipped.

All experienced drivers have shortcuts which may not be strictly by the book. These shortcuts onlywork because experience has taught us to use them safely. Driving the speed of traffic tends to be safe, so we go 72 in a 65. Crossing the double-yellow lines makes curves smoother, provided when the road ahead is clear. These little habits can cause a failure on the road test.

Adult Driving Instruction

Some people do not become drivers until they are adults. Experience adult drivers may be required by a court or the DMV to obtain instruction. Fuhrmann Driving Academy offers an on-line clinic which meets all state requirements, allowing you to drive in and roundPortsmouth, Virginia as a safe driver.

  • Court Order—the Driver Improvement Clinic may be a requirement of a court order
  • DMV Order—The DMV may require the clinic—you will probably need to complete it in 90 days.
  • License revocation—the clinic may be part of the license reinstatement process.
  • Voluntary Participation—adult drivers 20 years old and up may voluntarily take the clinic. Successful completion may lead to a reduction in insurance and/or 5 safe driving points on your license.

The instruction for the clinic is conducted on-line. The final test, however, must be completed in person.

Portsmouth, Virginia wants safe drivers, and Fuhrmann Driving Academy is ready to get you where you want to go.