Skills Day

Freedom Drivers Ed skills day allows you to put your teen behind the wheel in an access controlled environment, so they can safely learn all the basics about controlling a vehicle. The purpose is to help your teen become very familiar with their vehicle. We accomplish this by instructing skills that teach basic operation and precision driving. 

The benefit to both you and your teen is that they are road ready the first time they drive out on the road with you. Your teen will be able to adequately target, park, and back-up their vehicle — and so much more! Unlike our other drivers ed classes, a permit is NOT required to attend this course.

Skills day course completed in personal vehicle. Our driving school is based in Englewood and the majority of our students live in Douglas and Arapahoe County. Contact us today to sign up or learn more!

Skills taught include:

  • Changing a tire and basic vehicle maintenance
  • Shuffle Steering
  • Precision backing
  • Contact patch drills (spatial references)
  • How to park (nose end, back end, parallel)
  • Lane position / brake control / accelerator control
  • Emergency Steering

Location: 8500 N Moore Rd, Littleton CO 80125. Course completed in a personal vehicle.

Skills day is class 9 and offered to both classroom and online students. Course is completed in personal vehicle and a parent(s) is required to be in the passenger seat with their student.

Dates:

  • Aug 3rd from 1pm-5pm
  • Aug 31st from 1pm-5pm
  • Sept 28th from 1pm-5pm
  • Nov 2nd from 1pm-5pm
  • Dec 28 from 1pm-5pm

What is it?

A 4 hour parent – teen behind the wheel course taught on a closed course. This course is included in all classroom and online comprehensive packages and will focus on getting teens road ready. 

This course is meant to be taken after completing the 30 hour online or classroom course, and before or very soon after receiving a permit. The skills day is specifically focused on the basics, including brake control, acceleration control, lane positioning, lane changes, targeting the vehicle, spatial references, parking, precision backing, shuffle steering, emergency steering, basic vehicle maintenance and changing a tire.

How and what is it taught?

The course is completed in a personal vehicle with a parent(s). The instructors will personally instruct each student at every station, but the parent is needed to reinforce the training once the course is over and to guide their student from station to station. Parents a very integral in helping train their teen to be the most defensive, safe, independent driver possible, and so including them in the course helps build a working relationship that can be utilized when the teen is practicing driving during their required 50 hours of logged hours. 

Many of our parents take comfort in the fact that their first experience in a car with their teen behind the wheel is with Freedom Drivers Ed instructors! The course is meant to set a foundation of driving skills, and thus can be taken with or without a permit and with or without any driving experience.

Mountain Drive:

What is it?

This drivers ed course involves a two-hour session focused on driving and instructing skills specific to mountain driving. 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. One of our Englewood-based Freedom Drivers Ed instructors will pick up and drop-off students at home, school, and work in most of Douglas County and part of Arapahoe County.

What is it taught

The purpose of the mountain drive is to expose your teen to a different driving environment that 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 these driving conditions with a professional drivers ed instructor. 

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:

  • 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)

What is required to begin?

If your teen driver is under the age of 18 they must have held permit for a minimum of 6 months, completed all six-hour behind-the-wheel training courses, and completed fifty hours of drive time with parents. 

If you are a driver over the age of 18, you must have a valid driver’s license and have been driving for one or more years.

Downtown City Drive:

What is it?

This drivers ed course consists of a two-hour session focused on driving and instructing skills specific to city driving. 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. One of our professional Freedom Drivers Ed in Englewood instructors will pick up and drop-off students at home, school and work in most of Douglas County and part of Arapahoe County.

What is it taught?

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 benefits 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:

  • Navigation of unknown, busy streets
  • Practicing successfully how to use the IPDE (Identify, predict, decide and execute) process in an environment that has significant information to process in
  • A shorter amount of reaction time compared to suburban streets
  • Navigation of one way streets and two way streets with blind intersections
  • Assertive driving, including lane changes

What is required to begin?

Under the age of 18: held permit for a minimum of 6 months, completed all six hours behind the wheel training, completed 50 hours of drive time with parents. 

Over the age of 18: have a valid driver’s license and have been driving for one or more years.