1. When you turn 16 years of age, obtain a copy of the Pennsylvania Driver's Manual. Fill out the required forms and study the manual for your written knowledge test or visit the PennDot web site and print a copy of the manual and forms. Be sure to follow all the instructions regarding required forms and proper ID. Get your physical exam and bring the completed forms and your knowledge to the Driver License Center to take your knowledge test. You may not begin to practice-drive until you have obtained your learner's permit. You will need to make your appointment ahead of time for the road test. They do get very busy.
2. Once you have obtained your learner's permit, you may begin practice- driving with a licensed driver 21 years or older or a spouse over 18. Your permit is valid for 1 year. To qualify for an insurance discount or to move from a junior license before the age of 18, you MUST have obtained professional training from a qualified driving school. A minimum of six hours behind-the-wheel training with your instructor and thirty hours of driving theory in the classroom, (classroom now provided by LDT and in some area high schools), is necessary in order to qualify. If you are under 18, you must wait six months from the issue date of your learners permit to take your road test and you must have completed, with documented evidence, 65 hours of home skills practice TO INCLUDE 10 HOURS OF NIGHTTIME DRIVING AND 5 HOURS OF DRIVING IN INCLEMENT WEATHER. (as of 24 Dec. 2011)
It is highly recommended that your child learn from a qualified professional driving instructor who will lay the correct driving foundation that can be improved upon as the driving experience continues. Parents should allow their child to practice with them for a period of time before professional training begins so that they may become familiar with operating the vehicle. This will help the student in that they will be less intimidated with the car and more focused on the driving environment. Remember, young people cement their experiences quickly and it may be difficult to undo an incorrectly-learned driving element. Are you prepared to teach your child correctly?
3. After each lesson with a professional instructor, the student should practice drive what they've just learned with a qualified licensed driver at home. Practice at home is important and will help prepare the student for the next lesson. If you don't use it, you lose it. During practice, parents may notice their child performing a certain driving technique, process or habit that seems peculiar or, in the parent's opinion is wrong. If you feel this way, you should question your child about it, especially if it appears unsafe. The "unusual technique" you see may be a proper technique taught by the instructor, but unfamiliar to you. If you think it is unsafe, advise your child to stop it. In any case, clear it up with a phone call to your instructor ASAP.
4. When you have completed your initial training and you feel you are pre- pared and ready, return to the Driver License Center for your road test. This must be done with a qualified driver over 21.
.What will Lurz Driver Training do for me?
LDT will provide expert training for your child. Once training is arranged, we will decide on a schedule. We will pick up and return your child within a reasonable radius of our office. Meeting locations are arranged for students who live outside the radius. There may be times, however, when another student is picked up just prior to the conclusion of a training session to help facilitate the training schedule. Session duration is two hours.
At the conclusion of the training program, arrangements can be made to take the student to the driver licensing center for the road test. In most cases, the student is picked up at home for a morning appointment, if available, and taken to the PennDot test site. They will use the LDT training vehicle. After the test, the student is taken, (or returned), to their school. The whole process will take about 2 hours. The fee for the test is only $75.00.
LDT will provide a certificate of completion you can present to your insurance company for your discount.
Six hours of training does not seem like very much time. Will my child be ready for the responsibility and
dangers of driving?
Six hours is all that is required by most insurance companies and most parents purchase only this amount of training. The amount of time necessary varies depending on the student's ability to learn and progress and how much time the student practices between lessons. A comprehensive building-block teaching process helps the student learn quickly. Additional lessons are available at a slightly reduced rate.
Driver training is a two-stage process. In the first stage the student is intimidated and must familiarize themselves with the machine. They are rather overwhelmed at this time, concerned mostly with the speed of the car, where it is on the road and if they are within their lane, and not concerned with the other traffic. They're not sure how to work the controls. Everything seems peculiar and they worry about how much steering, gas or brake they should use. After familiarization, the second phase starts where the student becomes confident operating the car and now begins to focus on the driving enviorn- ment, the surroundings, rules of the road and the dangers of driving.
LDT will take the student to an off-road area for the first phase away from other traffic to practice using the controls. Some may begin by practicing to steer in a serpentine, oval or fig-8 exercise. They will also learn to accelerate hard and how to stop rapidly and smoothly...with control, and begin to feel confident!! Here, parallel parking is also practiced.
This period could take some time and the student must feel comfortable, confident and skillful enough to change their personal gears to absorbing and comprehending the lessons that deal with safety, strategies, rules of the road and pro-active driving. That is...surviving on the street!
After six hours of professional instruction from LDT and adequate home practice, most students are proficient enough to pass the driving test offered by the State. The test is only minimal in it's demands and standards and does not mean the student is an expert driver. This is accomplished over time and must be constantly built upon. Your child will receive expert training and a strong foundation of skill, technique and strategy that will hopefully stay with them a lifetime.
If I take my child for the road test, what do I need to do?
You must first make an appointment with PennDot by calling 800 932-4600 and following the recorded instructions on the menu. (Be patient, they are very busy). You should make your appointment three or four weeks in advance. Saturdays are hard to get. When you arrive for your appointment, have with you your valid driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance cards. Make certain prior to the test that your car is in good repair and all the lights are working; headlights, high beams, turn signals, 4-way flashers brake lights, windshield wipers and horn and that there is no cracked glass or unsafe body damage. The examiner will inspect the car before the test and may not allow it for use is there are any malfunctions. You must also sign and present the 65 hour form, (available on the PennDot web site, www.dot.state.pa.us ), certifying 65 hours of home practice. (If LDT takes your child for the test, you must sign the form in the presence of a Notary and send it along with your child). When the test begins, you will be asked to leave the vehicle as you are not permitted in the car with your child during testing. GOOD LUCK!!
How often are lessons scheduled?
The first lesson is scheduled at an early convenient time to get the student started. We wait about 4 weeks to schedule another in order to allow time for the all-important home skill-building practice. Most of the skills are imparted on the first two lessons. The final lesson is done closer to the road test and re-visits previously learned skills. Here, there is time to make corrections and improvements prior to taking the test. We do not cram the lessons in just to get them done. To do so would be a waste of everyone's' time and YOUR money.
Do you have cameras in the car to
record the driving lessons?
LDT believes that having cameras in the car borders on invasion of privacy and places inhibitions on the students' learning progress as they carry on with the feeling that they are under a microscope. LDT has