Hours for classes during the school year?
During the school year, classes will be held monthly in Bluffton and Findlay. The initial class will be Sunday afternoon 12:30-4:45 p.m. Remaining class dates will be set with the student's input over the following two weeks. Hours for weekday classes are 5-9:15 p.m., Saturday morning classes are 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Hours for summer classes?
A morning and an evening class will be offered in Bluffton and Findlay in June, July and August. The first "morning" class will be held at 12:30-4:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, with remaining class sessions at 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The first evening class will be 5:15-9:30 p.m. Sunday, with remaining sessions at 5-9:15 p.m. In the summer, classroom sessions are completed in one week.
What if I need to miss a class?
Students with busy schedules are not penalized in any way for missing a class. You will be given a make-up date when the missed class will be offered again, either in the other location or the following month.
What will I be learning in the classroom?
Our curriculum is approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Material covered in class includes understanding roadway signs, signals and markings, how to better manage risk, negotiating intersections, expressway driving, urban and rural driving, handling emergencies and the effects of alcohol, drugs and distractions while driving.
What is the cost?
Drivers' education fee, for classroom and behind-the-wheel training, is $350 which may be paid by cash or check on the first day of class. All fees must be paid in full before the student will be scheduled to drive.
When is the 50 hours driving with a parent to be completed?
The 50 hours with the parents can be completed at anytime. The eight hours with the instructor do not count towards this requirement. We would like students to have at least 35 hours of driving with their parents before we take them for the behind-the-wheel lessons. This accomplishes two goals: they are better prepared to be in a car with an instructor and they can finish with us and take the driving test within a week while the info is still fresh in their minds.
How is behind-the-wheel training scheduled?
An instructor will contact you to schedule your sessions. The goal is to provide behind-the-wheel training in the final few weeks before a student can test for a driver's license. Times will be set that meet both your and the instructor's schedules.
What can I expect when driving with an instructor?
During the eight hours of behind-the-wheel training, we offer a personalized plan of instruction based your driving skill. Your instructor will offer helpful suggestions and encouragement. Extra attention will be paid to correct problem areas. All instruction is done with only one student in the car, so the entire drive can be focused on you.
Where will I go on my drives?
You will drive on rural roadways, through intersections, in higher traffic areas and onto the interstate. We practice skills including smooth starts and stops, turns, curves, lane changes, maneuverability (cones) and parking.
What should I bring with me when I drive?
You must carry your permit with you at all times when driving (as required by law,) wear your corrective lenses (glasses or contacts) if required and wear solid shoes (no sandals or flip-flops.)
How do I register for class?
Register by calling 419-424-0112 or toll free at 888-407-0112. If there is no answer, please leave a message, including a phone number where you may be reached. Or complete the pre-registration form. Either way, you will be contacted to confirm your registration and answer any questions you may have.