How do I schedule my driving lessons?
This is the question every student asks. Below is an explanation of how drive times are scheduled and how you can change or cancel them. Please read the cancellation policy thoroughly in order to prevent any confusion or fees.
Scheduling Drive Time Online
- When can I schedule drive time?
As soon as the student receives their permit, they can begin scheduling their driving lessons.
- How do I schedule a drive time online?
After the first week of class the students will receive an email with their user name and password for the Online Drive Time Reservation system. Once a student has their permit they are able to schedule their driving lessons online. The number of lessons allowed per month will vary depending on the season. You will not be able to complete 7 in-car lessons during the 3 weeks of class.
- Can I schedule them all at once?
Some students want to rush through the process but this isn’t the best solution. Learning to drive is similar to learning to play the piano. When taking piano lessons, you must take a lesson, practice the skills that were taught, then return for another lesson. It is the same with learning how to drive. Driving lessons are scheduled according to seasonal availability. Example: 2 per month during peak season.
- How many lessons do I need and how long are they?
The TEA requires students complete 7 driving lessons, which are 2 hours each. The student will drive for 55 minutes and observe another student driver for 55 minutes.
- Do we drive in bad weather?
We will drive in all types of weather except sleet, ice and snow and flooding rain. If we need to cancel drive time, we will post it on our website and call students if it is possible.
Cancelling Drive Time
- I need to cancel/change a drive time. What should I do?
When you schedule a driving lesson, you are reserving a car and an Instructor. If you need to change or cancel a drive time you must sign into your Drive Time Reservation account and cancel your drive time online.
If your drive time is scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, you must go online 24 hours in advance of your drive to cancel or change your drive time. If your drive time is scheduled for Sunday, Monday or a holiday, you must go online the previous business day by 3:00 p.m. Example: Sunday drive time must be cancelled by 3:00 p.m. Friday.
Students who fail to cancel their drives will assume a missed lesson fee of $25.00. Sports, work or illness is not an excuse for a missed lesson.
Our goal is not to charge our students, but there are several reasons why this policy exists:
- Every student receives 7 driving lessons. Missing one means they have used a lesson but still need to be driven.
- You have reserved a car and an instructor for a specific time. When a student fails to arrive for a lesson, it is similar to missing your flight on a plane. The plane must go on without you.
- There are 2 students assigned to every drive time. When one doesn’t arrive for their appointment, the other student is greatly inconvenienced. The student who has shown up for their lesson can complete their drive but cannot observe, meaning they must return another day to complete their observation.
NOTE: Illness, sports and work schedules are not an excuse for missing a lesson.
TEA 30 Hour Driving Log
Effect May 1, 2010 all teens under 18 years of age must complete a 30 hour driving log with their parents. Please print off this form for your use. The TEA form is the only form allowed by the state. TEA 30 Hour Driving Log
Build Your Teen’s Driving Skills
Our goal at Driving School of North Texas is to teach your student how to become a collision free driver. We will train them in a system that will give them this opportunity if used consistently and correctly. The things we can not give the students are enough repetition and experience. The driving school and the parent are a team, both working together for a common objective: To make your student as safe a driver as possible.
Please review the following information carefully and you will be better prepared to assist your student in their driving progression:
- Eyes: The eyes control everything the vehicle does! The eyes control the speed, position, and direction of the vehicle. The key is the eyes must be looking in the right place at all times!Tool #1: Your student must look 15-20 seconds up the road where they want the vehicle to go. Most all vehicle control mistakes are a result of where the eyes are looking (too close to the hood of the car, watching the curb, sightseeing.)
- Keeping vehicle in center of lane and turning: The turns are either too wide, too tight (hit corners) or too fast or too slow.Tool #2: The primary reason for these mistakes are students eyes are looking down. Low Aim Steering. They are looking at curbs, center lines etc. Tell your student to Look into the turn at least 15-20 seconds up the road. The vehicle will go where the eyes look. You look at the person you are throwing the ball to, same thing with maneuvering the vehicle. Look where you want the vehicle to go! Also, many students are afraid of hitting the curb, so they watch it. But in reality, if they continue to watch the curb they will hit the curb.
- Driving the Vehicle (Defensive Driving): Tool #3: If we can train your student to do 3 things there is a good chance they will not crash the car.
- Check every intersection Left – Right – Left – Center – Make sure your student turns their head 90 degrees in the system above before they ever pull into traffic at any intersection. Watch them and insist they do it every time.
- Mirror Check- Have student check rear view mirror before they press the brake to slow down or stop.
- Front Space- Keep good following distance at all times. Have student stop 1 car length behind the vehicles in front of them (so you can see the bottom of the car’s tires), and keep 3-4 seconds following distance at all times, 4 seconds in bad weather! By doing this you will prevent rear end crashes.
- Getting Started
Tool #4: Your student is going to look straight ahead and low most of the time. Your challenge will be to get them to move their eyes and check all three mirrors. Remember: Make sure they do everything right however slow they might go. They will move quicker and faster with practice and experience. Make sure they do it right every time!Tool #5: Keep the student in a neighborhood or little traffic so you can work with them in a non-threatening environment. Do not push them too fast.Tool #6: Working with your student 20-30 minutes each day is much more productive then 2 or 3 hours one time per week. Reminder: Practice! Practice! Practice!
- Commentary DrivingTool #7: This is an invaluable tool our instructors use for all students, especially with beginners or if they’re having difficulty
multitasking. Please go here for more information on Commentary Driving