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Behind -the-Wheel Training

Training physically behind the wheel is where the rubber meets the road - literally. Getting behind the wheel with a certified, professional, highly-trained Freedom Drivers Ed instructor will significantly increase the success rate of a student developing driving habits that are known to lower risk of a crash and traffic ticket. 

Frequently asked questions

When should I start my behind the wheel training sessions?


After receiving your permit from the DMV, Freedom Drivers Ed would like students to be familiar with steering smoothly and accurately as well as brake and acceleration control. These skills are best practiced wtih a guardian in a parking lot with minimal parked vehicles and traffic / pedestrians. We HIGHLY recommend registering with us within the month the student receives their permit. The first scheduled session will be 4-6 weeks from registration. If waiting occurs, the package will have to include the sessions rendered in a shorter time frame and that cost significantly increases. We strongly recommend the following schedule for professional behind the wheel training with us: Book first training session (4-6 weeks from registration date): During the time between registration and first scheduled session, complete 5-10 practice hours with guardian Book second training session 90 days later and during the time between the first training session and second complete 10-15 practice hours with guardian Book third training session 90 days later and during the time between the second training session and the third training session complete 10-15 practice hours with guardian. Progression through the 6 hour behind the wheel training curriculum is best achieved if students practice a minimum of 10-15 hours between each session. This allows for proper habit development of taught skills known to lower accident risk. Students who wait until the end (less than 6 months prior to drive test eligibility date) may be disappointed to find significant scheduling difficulties and increased fees for completing training prior to testing eligibility date. Waiting also is a huge disservice to the student because they do not have enought practice time to build the skills we teach into habit.




What is the time frame of scheduling behind the wheel training sessions?


The time frame between scheduled behind the wheel sessions depends upon package purchased and availability. The first training session is always scheduled 4-6 weeks from registration date, regardless of package purchased. Please plan accordingly and check out our training philosophy as we partner best with parents and students who value the education and skills we instruct and our willing to practice them extensively to form the skills into habit. Unlike most driving school, we are not in this industry to make a fast buck and simply log drive time to meet state requirements. Instead, we compete on quality and provide excellent training that keeps all involved (student, parent, adult, other roadway users) alive and safe on our roads. We are experiencing a public health crisis with the amount of fatal and life changing crashes that happen each day. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens ages 16-19 and thus we take our mission very seriously to impact and lower this statistic. However, we can only do our part. We need parents, students and the rest of society to value the expertise and education we provide.




How many training hours does the state require?


If under the age of 18, fifty total hours will have to be proved to the DMV when applying for your license. Of those fifty hours, ten of them have to be logged night time hours. After becomming a student of ours, we will guide you on different acceptable ways to log your practice hours.




Does behind the wheel training have to be completed prior to taking the drivers license test?


No. The only requirement the state has for drive test eligibility is holding your permit for 1 year from the issue date on your permit if under the age of 18. The state of Colorado does require proof of training if 16.5 or younger when applying for a license. However, we would strongly encourage you to go through proper training prior to taking your licensing test as training is meant to help prepare you to become the most low risk, safe driver possible. The drivers license test is not an indicator on safety level. The states standard test is meant to test basic skills.




What is required to start behind the wheel training with Freedom Drivers Ed?


The required items are: -a valid (not expired) permit *(no photocopies, texts, or images will be accepted). By law, the driver has to be in possession of their physical permit or drivers licnese. A valid permit, means its not expired. *a paper permit requires a document that proves your identify with a photo (student school ID) -Restictions listed on permit *contacts or eye glasses *hearing aids -Close toed shoes *We require close toed shoes to limit risk with a student driver. *No flip flops or sandals




Why is there no availability showing for behind the wheel sessions?


There are several reason why you might not be seeing availability. 1) If you have already scheduled the maximum number of sessions you purchased or you have not paid any outstanding balance then you will not be able to self schedule. 2) Each session defaults to the amount of time between each training sessions depending upon the package purchased. 3) Next months availability has not been uploaded yet and allowed for self scheduling. The first of each month, at 8am, the subsequent months' availability is available. Log in on the first of each month to see the most availability.




Is there an expiration date for the training sessions?


All packages and services purchased have an 18 month contract. Services purchased must be completed within 18 months from the join date or 12 months from permit issue date for behind the wheel services. All services expire 18 months from join date. Any additional services needed can be purchased at current rates.