Course Description and Requirements
This course is for teenagers who are 15 years old or older and adults who have a current Vermont learner's permit and want to obtain a Vermont driver's license. While this course meets all state requirements, it places special emphasis on crash avoidance, situational awareness, and zone control. This course includes an academic component and a driving skills component.
The academic component includes 15 or 16 classroom lessons, each lesson being 2 hours long. Students must pass all academic exams with a score of 80% or higher. This course is not recommended for students who have not been able to maintain a B average in high school or has inadequate study habits. This course is an enhanced course requiring significant study and practice. Students are required to participate in verbal commentary driving and to achieve an academic body of knowledge and a skill set that would be comparable to an AP high school or college course.
The driving component typically includes 12 or 13 behind-the-wheel lessons.
Each behind-the-wheel lesson usually includes the student receiving ½ hour of instruction and observing an additional ½ to 1 hour of instruction
There are NO scheduled drive times during the first or last day of class.
20 hours of outside practice is required on the log sheet to complete this course.
During the first class (orientation), the instructor will confirm the drive schedule that was tentatively established prior to orientation. The driving schedule is based on the order that we receive registration deposits. The instructor will also explain the state requirements and documentation procedure. We will also explain the impairing substance screening policy, the attendance policy, and the refund policy. For these reasons, at least one parent or guardian is required to attend orientation.
To be successful, students must :
Attend 30 hours of classroom instruction,
6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction,
6 hours of observing behind-the-wheel instruction,
Maintain a score of 80%.
Comply with the impairing substance policy.
Classroom attendance is MANDATORY.
A pre-vehicle use impairing substance screening will be required for all students at no extra cost. All the necessary paperwork will be handed out to parents during orientation and the screening process will be thoroughly explained.
Successful students will be issued a state certificate stating that they have completed a basic driver education course approved by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles that includes a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and 6 hours of observation.
The state road exam is not considered part of the course. However, Mr. Garrow may choose to administer the state road test to eligible students as a service free of charge. This service is limited and dependent on Mr. Garrow's schedule. Most students find this service to be an advantage because they do not have to schedule an appointment at the DMV, they can use the driver education car, and they know exactly what to expect. Although we do not charge for this service, the DMV collects an "administrative fee" for all third-party exams. Of course, students always have the option to be tested by the DMV.
To be eligible to take the state road exam, students must:
Be at least 16 years old
possess a permit for 1 year
complete the course and
record 40 hours of practice driving on the DMV Log Sheet - including 10 hours of night driving
Address: 900 Route 58 West #1
Irasburg, VT 05845
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