Freedom Driving School FAQ's
What is GDL and what are the steps in the process?
GDL stands for Graduated Driver License.
The required steps in the GDL process for teens age 14.5 to 15.5 are:
- Complete a Classroom or Online Course
- Apply for the instruction permit at the DMV
- Complete 6 hours of behind the wheel (BTW) training
- Log at least 50 hours of driving with parent or guardian (10 of these hours at night), and
- Pass a driving test after holding the instruction permit for at least 12 full months.
For teens age 15.5 to 16:
- Complete classroom or online driver education OR a 4 hour driver awareness course.
- Steps 2 thu 5 above.
See our "Driving Rules" page for laws that apply to new independent drivers.
Do you provide crash avoidance skills training?
Yes. Our Crash Avoidance Skills course is modeled from law enforcement driver training. The skills we teach in the course equip students to safely respond to the critical pre-crash events (causal factors) identified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a 2008 report to congress.
You can read more about this course on the Drivers Ed Services page.
When should I start my behind the wheel training?
After getting the instruction permit from the DMV. We want our students to be familiar with steering smoothly and accurately, brake control, and accelerator control prior to the first session. This can usually be accomplished in 5 - 10 hours of driving with parents.
We strongly recommend the following schedule:
First session - within 2 months of getting the permit.
Second session - 28 to 40 days after the first session.
Third session - 28 to 40 days after the second session.
This allows for practice time to develop habits consistent with what we teach and allows for good habits to be developed early in the permit holding period.
Students who wait until the tail end of their permit holding period may be dissapointed to discover they can't get all three BTW sessions completed prior to their driver license eligibility date (see the FAQ regarding practice time required between BTW sessions).
Why is there no availability showing on the BTW scheduling page?
BTW training is done in three - 2 hour sessions. If you have scheduled all three sessions, the system will not allow any additional sessions to be scheduled.
We require 28 days between sessions. If you have already scheduled one session you will need to advance the calendar in order to see dates available 28 days in the future.
We require 28 days between sessions to allow for student driving habits to be developed consistent with what we teach. Students will develop habits - good or bad. Repetitive practice between sessions working on the skills we teach, and communicate via emailed documents, is what develops driving habits consistent with the proven defensive driving techniques we teach. Without the development of these habits, students will quickly fall back to old habits.
What is the purpose for practice time between BTW sessions?
Our BTW sessions include a set of specific skills required to avoid the major causes of crashes. These skills are "rolled out" progressively starting with the first BTW session. Most of the time, a student is not familiar with the skill and is first introduced to it during our BTW session. Time to practice with parents between sessions is imperative for the teen to be successful with the next sessions objectives. We provide complete descriptions including diagrams and pictures of the skills we teach to support parents during their students practice time between sessions.
We introduce driving skills but we don't have the time with your student for these skills to become habit - that happens with you. Together we can create a safe, responsible driver - for life!
How long do I have to complete the BTW training?
You have 12 months from the issue date of your permit to complete the BTW portion of the course. This provides more than enough time to complete the course. We offer contract extensions for an additional fee should you require more time.
When can the drive test be taken?
Colorado requires the instruction permit to be held for a full 12 months. The earliest the CO drive test can be taken is the issue date of the instruction permit in the current year. IE: If permit issue date is 5/1/13, the earliest the drive test can be taken is 5/1/14.
Do you do BTW training on Sunday?
No. We are open Monday thru Saturday. Sunday is church and family day.
Do you do winter BTW training?
Yes. We conduct BTW training all year long. We do reserve the right to cancel BTW training when the weather and/or road conditions become too dangerous. We monitor weather and road conditions continually thru our sources and will usually let parents and students know at least one hour prior to the scheduled BTW session if it is being cancelled due to weather or road conditions.