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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Q: How old do I have to be to enroll in the Driver’s Education Program?

 

A: Students should be a minimum of 15 years and 3 months in order to understand the material presented. This will provide you adequate time to complete both the Driver Education and Behind-the-Wheel training along with the additional State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requirements by your 16th birthday. You cannot obtain your drivers permit however, until you are at least 15 1/2 years old which may result in you having to wait for several weeks after completing the classroom portion until you are able to take the written test. This is why it is best to wait until you are closer to or have reached the 15 years and 6 months age in order to take the class.

 

You must have your DMV Permit for 6 months before you are allowed to take the driving test to obtain your Provisional License.

 

 

Q: What consists of a Driver Education and Training program?

 

A: The DMV requires 25 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.  It is important to note that proof of an additional 50 hours of behind the wheel practice with a licensed driver 25 years or older is needed prior to taking the driving test,  and 10 of the 50 hours must be at night. This additional 50 hours of driving time is the responsibility of the parent/guardian who signs the application for the provisional drivers license. The 6 hours of instruction is expected to be completed within six months of enrolling and it is best to have about four to six weeks between each lesson. Please do not wait until one or two weeks before your scheduled DMV test to have your final lesson. We have found that students who spread out their lessons too far apart, develop bad habits and have a much harder time passing their DMV road test. Additionally the DMV is typically booked out for lessons about SIX weeks so you must plan in advance if you wish to take your driving test at the six month mark.

 

Q: What are the Permit/Licensing requirements? 

 

A: Effective January 1, 2010 the DMV requires that anyone applying for a Driver Learner's Permit, who is between the ages of 15 1/2 and 17 1/2, must have completed a driver education (classroom) program.

 

Upon completion of our classroom education, we will issue the individual the Completion of Classroom Driver Education (OL237 form) certificate:         

 

Your SIX hours of training will be given in three two hour blocks and we divide this up so that you maximize your training dollar.  Specifically, each lesson goes over a different skill set so that you do need and must practice between lessons so that you are ready for the next skill set.  We generally advise to take the first two lessons relatively close together, so your child is comfortable driving with yoiu.

 

You should schedule your final two hour training session at least two weeks before your DMV road test.  It is best NOT TO WAIT until just before your DMV test to have your final training session since their may been training issues that need to be addressed and of course our schedule fills very rapidly at times and you do not want to reschedule your DMV test.

 

 

Q: What is the difference between an on-line course and an approved classroom course?

 

A: Great question! The internet classes are designed for students that are unable to attend the traditional classroom setting. While the classrooms allow for face-to-face and interactive discussions, they also are scheduled for set days of the week while the on-line courses allow you to proceed at your own pace which many students prefer. Many students do perform much better on their DMV permit tests after taking a traditional classroom course because they are able to interact with a qualified instructor and ask questions and of course the classroom material is much more appealing than reading hundreds of pages of material on the computer.

 

If you are interested in an on-line option instead of our classroom setting, the only course we have found that meets our strict training standards is  AdvantageDrivingCourse.com. This course does contains many graphics that makes the information more understanding than the usual on-line course.

 

 

Q: If I took the Driver Education Course somewhere else (another school or through the internet) can I sign up for Behind-the-Wheel at  Guardian?

 

A: Yes, you should take your behind-the-wheel training at Advantage Driving School.

 

We will inform you of  everything you will need in order to take the permit test at DMV.

 

Q: I lost my certificate. Can I replace it?

 

A: Yes, if we issued the certificate, Advantage Driving School will replace it for a processing fee of $15.00.  You will find this to be a standard fee at approved driving schools.
 

Q: Do you accept credit cards and ATM/Debit cards?

 

A: Yes, we accept all major credit cards and ATM cards.  We do not accept Diner's Club Cards.

 

Q: What is your refund policy?

 

A: We are committed to providing quality, professional driving lessons.   Should we not be able to provide lessons that you are satisfied with, we will refund your money.

 

Q: Where are you located?

 

A: We have two locations.   In Santa Clara County, we are located at 5440-F Thornwood Drive, San Jose, Ca  95123.  In Santa Cruz County, we are located at 3065 Porter Street Suite 106, Soquel, Ca  95076 

 

Q: How can I contact you?


A: The best method is by calling either 408-363-4182 or 831-462-0139.