Driver Training

Note: You must have your permit before scheduling your first Driver Training lesson.  Whether you enroll online (preferred method) or over the phone, you must provide your California Driver License (CDL ) number from the upper left, front page of your permit and the issue and expiration date.  Your CDL number begins with a capital letter followed by seven digits (Ex:  Y1234567).

State law requires students under the age of eighteen to practice driving AT LEAST 50 hours, including 10 at night, with a California licensed driver over the age of 25. Record practice hours to track day/night time minutes and where you drove to be sure you are getting a variety of practice.  We will provide a two sided log you can use.  It takes many hours of supervised driving experience in a of all types of traffic and conditions for students to develop the necessary skills, confidence, timing and judgment to be safe when they begin driving alone.

Learning to drive is an experience you’re probably looking forward to with great anticipation and enthusiasm. We hope to make that experience challenging, educational, and enjoyable. Our goal is to teach you how to drive defensively and courteously. It is your responsibility to practice and continue using, the skills you learn.

We have a general plan for each of the three driving lessons, but all lessons are tailored to work within the beginning student’s level of skill and confidence.

Lesson #1

Behind the wheel instruction for Lesson #1 will include practice on the following: proper seat, wheel, and mirror adjustment, control panel review, smooth steering, braking and acceleration, lane control, use of mirrors, checking blind spot, visual search pattern, maintaining an appropriate space cushion to the front and sides, dealing with right of way in any situation, changing lanes, proper car position and speed control for entry and exit from turns.

During Lesson #1, most students will practice diagonal and perpendicular parking, safe backing practices, lane changes, and residential and downtown driving. Some students may practice entering and exiting the freeway. We try to cover as much as possible during the first lesson, so students and parents won’t be too apprehensive about practicing these important skills before returning for Lesson #2.

Lesson #2 (Recommended 6-8 weeks after the first lesson)

Unless a student has serious car control issues, we recommend scheduling
Lesson #2 six to eight weeks after the first lesson. A student strive to practice at least 10 hours before Lesson #2. For those still challenged with basic car control issues, we recommend taking the second lesson as soon as possible. This should help build the student’s confidence and skill.

Lesson #2 will include repetition of skills introduced in Lesson #1, freeway driving, some rural driving, and parallel parking. Parallel parking is not required on the DMV test, but it’s easy to teach and learn, and a nice boost for the new driver’s confidence.

Lesson #3 (Usually 10 days to 2 weeks before your DMV test)

If you exhibit sufficient driving skill, we’ll give you a rigorous simulated road test during Lesson #3. You should only schedule this lesson AFTER you and your parents agree you have the skill to drive safely unsupervised, and are ready to have a driver’s license. Book Lesson #3 at least 10 days to 2 weeks before the date of your DMV test. Roadrunner instructors may be booked several weeks ahead, so call well in advance to get your final lesson scheduled. Your instructor will explain what the DMV examiner will be watching for, and how the scoring works. If you still require constant reminders and assistance with your driving skills, we will not conduct a practice road test. You will continue practice with basic driving skills.

After Lesson #3, you’ll have a good idea of your level of skill and what aspects of your driving you still need to work on. We hope you will do well on the DMV driving exam. More importantly, we hope you will continue to practice safe driving skills once you receive a driver’s license.