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Finding a good school  



Finding the right program


Finding the right program and the right instructor with the right fit for you, can be difficult. It's not uncommon for people to go thru several driving schools and/or instructors before they get their licenses.


Some things you should do are:


Get a referral. Referrals are the best way to find a good instructor.


Local Yellow pages.


Compare prices – Big and expensive is not always better. You are just as likely to find a good instructor at a small school and at a fraction of the cost of a larger school. When comparing prices consider the cost of each lesson, the duration of each lesson, the cost of the road test, the five hour class, the road test appointment, is there free pickup and how far you have to travel to meet your instructor (if applicable). (Some schools do 45min lessons whereas some schools do 1 hour. Over the course of several lessons you may be actually getting more for your money by doing the 1 hour lessons. Do the math.)


The most important part of finding a good instructor is are  they knowledgeable and can they effectively communicate that knowledge to you. Also the quality and frequency of your lessons, are very important factors. Your instructor should be able to give you lessons at least once to twice a week (if needed). Also the majority of your lesson time should be spent practicing and learning new techniques.


Do one lesson to see if you like the instructor and the school before you commit to an expensive package.


The most important thing to look for on the first lesson is do you feel comfortable with the instructor. Can you work well with the instructor? It is also important for you as the student to communicate what your expectations are. Ie. How many lessons you plan on taking, what you want to learn and how soon you expect to learn it. Clear communication of your expectations is the best way to put you and the instructor on the same path. And it is the most effective way to get the most out of your learning experience.


On successive lessons you should progressively be  learning more and more things. Over time you should be getting better but don't expect that this should happen with every lessons. Some lessons will be better than others. Sometimes it may even seem as if you are getting worse. Don't get discouraged. Judge your progress over a set of lessons as opposed to just one or two.


Every instructor has a different way of teaching. One style is not necessarily better than the other. But avoid training with multiple people. It can be confusing.


Every student is different. Your learning experience may be completely different from someone else's. But that does not necessarily mean one way is right or wrong. Also everybody learns at a different pace. Your learning curve may different from somebody else's. Try not to compare your progress to someone else's.


When learning it is important to ask questions. If you don't understand something ask for a better explanation. There's a difference in following outlined steps and actually understanding why they work.


If you feel as if you are not learning certain things then bring that concern up to your instructor.

If what somebody else is telling you seems completely opposite to what your instructor is telling you then talk to your instructor  to clarify the discrepancy.



Learning to drive with driver’s ed

A drivers ed program is very different from a regular driving school. The advantages are that you can drive at 17 whereas the normal age would be 18. Drivers ed classes are usually affiliated with a local high school. Call your local school district office. The disadvantages are that the actual time spent driving may be very limited. For example you may only get to drive a total of 8 sessions for as little as 15 minutes a session. For the cost of such a course you can get 5 times as  much driving experience if you went to a regular driving school. If you need to get your license by the age of 17 then I would suggest  doing a drivers ed program supplemented by lessons from a regular driving school.


What you should learn.

The basic essentials – parallel parking, 3pt turn, left and right turns, vehicle control


How to take your lessons

Take lessons at least once or twice a week every week until your driving test.

Long gaps in between lessons leads to slower progress.

Try to understand why and how certain things work as opposed to just memorizing a set of steps.

Never base how you think your learning experience should be based on someone else’s learning experience. They’re experience might not be typical.

Try to stick with just one instructor.

Be careful about getting driving tips from family and friends. Sometimes you can get good tips but most of the time, the information that you are receiving is often either completely false or only half true.


The five hour class

You are required by the DMV to take a five hour pre licensing course before you schedule your road test. You can take one of these classes at any local driving school. Upon completion of the class you will be issued a certificate. The instructions for scheduling a road test and what you need to bring to the road test are on the back of the certificate.


The expiration date of your certificate is one year from the date of issuance. (You can find that at the bottom of your certificate) Also sign the certificate with the same signature that is on your learners permit.


On the day of your road test you must bring your picture permit and the pre-licensing course certificate. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to take your test


The five hour class is a sit down class that can last anywhere from four to five hours and is given by a licensed driving school.  Course topics can include seatbelt safety, drinking and driving and rules of the road.


Scheduling your road test

Have your pre-licensing course certificate number ready (it’s red and starts with a letter followed by 6 digits and it's at the top of the certificate) and your client id number (9 digit number on learner’s permit). You will be prompted to enter these numbers when calling either the automated road test scheduling system (518 486-6639) or accessing the NYSDMV road test scheduling system . You may also need your date of birth and a credit card(if you owe any fees). There is no fee for scheduling a road test but if you have already taken two road test, you will have to pay the DMV a scheduling fee of $10 for every two successive road test. Pay your road test fees


Available road test times and days are 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday excluding holidays. The typical wait time for a road test date is 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the location and time of year. Earlier dates can sometimes be scheduled for certain areas. Would you like to schedule an early date?








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