Each behind the wheel session has specific learning objectives that challenge the student to develop specific driving behaviors into a habit. Each session is progressive in design by adding in complexities such as different road conditions and busier roadways. Our instructors assess the students driving ability and then make proper adjustments where needed so that the student is always training to refine skill level. The skills taught on the previous behind the wheel session are evaluated for proficiency and re-taught if needed. Our instructors go through a rigorous training program to learn and be able to adequately teach each driving skills.
Highlighted skills taught include:
-hazard detection and proper response
-traffic and intersection awareness
-how driving decisions increase or decrese accident risk
-off road recovery
-lane positioning to increase traction through curves
-hazards associated with dirt roads and rural roads
The course is done in three sessions, two hours each. We believe that student's driving habits are paramount to safety. It is important for teens to develop driving habits consistent with the skills we teach. The 2-hour sessions are enough to introduce these skills. Their habits are developed when driving with parents. To facilitate this, 28 days is required between each session for habit development. We equip parents with detailed documents describing the taught skills so these skills can be enforced and encouraged to build the safest, most defensive, independent driver possible.
If needing to complete the behind-the-wheel sessions closer than 28 days apart, please register, pay and call the office to request an override of our 28 day policy. Per Colorado law, to obtain a drivers license by the age of 16 to 16.5, six hours of behind the wheel training is required.
We also offer a Mountain Drive and Downtown City Drive as these two drives are designed to challenge students to be able to safely manage the complexities of mountain highways and snow packed roads as well as the challenges of navigation in new cities. These drives are purchased and scheduled independent of the 6 hours behind the wheel training. Students must also have completed all 6 hours behind the wheel training before scheduling these drives as the skills taught during the 6 hours behind the wheel need to be second nature before the student will be able to adequately and proficiently learn more challenging drives.
Students must possess a valid instruction permit prior to the first session.
The purpose of the downtown city drive is to expose your teen to a different driving environment. A teen is less likely to make mistakes driving in a city as an independent driver if they have already been exposed and trained how to safely navigate driving in a city. The benefit to both you and your teen is an increased ability and confidence driving in unknown cities and a decreased chance of being involved in an accident due to the exposure of the new environment. The skills focused on include:
The purpose of the mountain drive is to expose your teen to a different driving environment that they will most likely encounter in their life. A teen a less likely to make mistakes driving on mountain highways and mountain roads if they have already been trained and exposed to this driving condition. The benefit to you and your teen is reassurance knowing your teen is better prepared to handle the adverse driving conditions of the mountains. The route includes I-70 west over Floyd hill to Idaho Springs, rural mountain roads and then I-70 east and 285 back into the city. The drive is 2 hours long. The skills focused on include: