FREE PICK UP AND DROP OFF AT HOME, SCHOOL AND WORK IN MOST OF DOUGLAS COUNTY AND PARTS OF ARAPAHOE COUNTY!
Parents say this added convenience of pick up and drop off eases scheduling complexities
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, and grows more challenging as our instructors add in complexities, like different road conditions and busier roadways.
Our instructors assess the student’s driving ability, and then make proper adjustments as needed so that the student is always training to refine skills at their 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 decrease accident risk
- Off road recovery
- Lane positioning to increase traction through curves
- Hazards associated with dirt roads and rural roads
This Freedom Drivers Ed 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 — and habits are built from consistent hours behind the wheel.
The 2-hour sessions are enough to introduce these skills, but these habits are developed and reinforced when teens drive with their parents. We try to facilitate habit development by asking that there be practice time between each drive. We also 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 only wanting to purchase the behind the wheel services, it is very important to start the process approximately 6 months prior to the date you want your student to receive their license. Inclement weather can pose a significant challenge if trying to complete the behind-the-wheel sessions within a three month period.
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. Our driving school is based in Englewood, and we understand that teen drivers want to both explore the city and head into the mountains.
The Mountain and Downtown City 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.
6 Hour Behind-the-Wheel Training | $415.00
- 6 hours of professional behind-the-wheel (BTW) training in one of our dual control, newer-model cars (private instruction, automatic transmission)
- FREE pickup and drop-off at school and home in most of Douglas County and Arapahoe County
- Training for teens or adults
What is it?
The tuition includes three, 2-hour long sessions scheduled at a minimum of 28 days apart. Each session is completed in our 2017 or newer model vehicles. Vehicles are top safety picks according to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Vehicles are properly marked and equipped with passenger side brake. The vehicles also have cameras and monitoring systems. Instructor will pick up and drop-off students at home, school, and work in most of Douglas County and part of Arapahoe County, areas surrounding our Englewood-based driving school.
How and what is taught?
All of our driving school curriculum follows a “hear it – see it – do it” method of teaching. The instructor will speak about each skill, demonstrate the skill and then give feedback to the student as they practice the skill. The sessions are progressive in nature and include our full behind-the-wheel curriculum. This curriculum not only includes instruction of driving skills, but also the reasons behind the instruction. Providing students and parents with the “why” a skill helps the student remember the skill as well as encourages them to practice more often.
The first session focuses on basic driving skills such as acceleration, braking control, steering control and methods, parking, parallel parking, lane changes, right and left turns, right of way rules, legal stops, and complete stops. The second session will add on complexities including how to equalize traction on all four tires through turns, off road recovery, assertive lane changes, and speed control up and down hills and mountains. The third session will add on busier roadways, dirt roads and highways. If you have more questions about our teaching philosophy or what’s included in our behind-the-wheel course, contact us today.
What is required to begin?
An instruction permit is required to schedule behind-the-wheel classes. For minors, 28 days of practice time is required between each session. This practice time allows students to make the last sessions skills a habit and allows the instructor to give the best feedback regarding the driving skill. When a student completes sessions without adequate practice time, the instructor will not be able to provide adequate feedback regarding skill progression and proficiency.
We will override the 28 day practice time policy if requested by parents for an additional fee of $55 per additional requested session scheduled in 1 month period. If needing to schedule all three sessions within a months period of time, the cost will be tuition plus an additional $110 ($55 per each additional scheduled session in 1 month).
2 Hour Behind-the-Wheel Training | $175.00
- 2 hours of professional behind-the-wheel (BTW) training in one of our dual control, newer-model cars with automatic transmission
- Private training session — your teen will not be driving with another student-driver
- FREE pickup and dropoff at school and home by our Englewood instructors in most of Douglas County and Arapahoe County.
- Behind-the-wheel training for teens or adults
- Caters towards individuals’ deficits in skill level and focuses on lowering accident risk.
What is it?
Tuition includes one, 2-hour session. The session is completed in our 2017 or newer model vehicles. Vehicles are top safety picks according to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Vehicles are properly marked and equipped with passenger side brake. The vehicles also have cameras and monitoring systems. Instructor will pick up and drop off the student at home, school, and work in most of Douglas County and part of Arapahoe County.
How and what is taught?
The drivers ed instruction follows a “hear it – see it – do it” method of teaching. The instructor will talk about each skill, demonstrate the skill, and then give feedback to the student as they practice the skill. Unless otherwise directed, the instructor will assess proficiency on the basic driving skills and instruct where appropriate and needed.
This two-hour behind-the-wheel session does not include our full-behind-the wheel-curriculum. The two hour session is best to purchase if needing an assessment on driving skill level as it relates to safety and laws.
What is required to begin?
An instruction permit.
Downtown City Drive | $175.00
The purpose of the downtown city drive is to expose your teen to a different driving environment than they have in the area surrounding our Englewood driving school. A teen is less likely to make mistakes driving in a city as an independent driver if they have already been exposed and trained in how to safely navigate driving in a city.
Both you and your teen will benefit from their increased ability and confidence driving in unknown cities. This experience will lower their chance of being involved in an accident due to the exposure of the new environment.
The primary skills taught include:
- Navigation of unknown, busy streets
- Practice successfully using the IPDE (Identify, predict, decide and execute) process in an environment with more/different information to process
- A shorter amount of time to make decisions compared to suburban streets.
- Navigation of one way streets and two way streets with blind intersections
- Assertive driving, including lane changes
Mountain Drive | $195.00
The purpose of the mountain drive is to expose your teen to a different driving environment than they will most likely encounter in their everyday 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 unique driving environment. The benefit to you and your teen is reassurance knowing your teen is better prepared to handle the adverse driving conditions in 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 two hours long.
Skills taught include:
- Speed control (downshifting to prevent brake fade)
- Lane choice
- Reading the road and landscape
- Banked turn vs. a non-banked (crowned) turn and how that impacts decision making for lane position and speed
- Navigation of tunnels
- Identifying specific mountain driving hazards and how to safely react
- Snow packed and or icy roads (winter months only)