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20-Hours Behind-the-Wheel Info



In addition to the basic 6-hours of behind-the-wheel training, we'll spend an extra 6 hours reinforcing and fine-tuning the basics through heavy repetition. We will spend the last 8 hours in the car focusing on freeway, canyon and evasive driving maneuvers. Keep in mind, that throughout the entire lesson, we'll discuss advanced defensive driving techniques which will help better prepare you for the challenges of driving on California's roadways.

Features of our 20-Hours In-Car Drivers Training Include:

Training in Hybrid Vehicles
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Freeway and Canyon Training

20-Hour Lesson Breakdown:

(Level-1) 4 hours:

Level 1 primarily consists of residential driving. If the student is advanced, then we can conduct the last half hour out in traffic. The main focus of these two lessons is to teach the student how to safely and correctly perform the following maneuvers:
Level 1 - Intro to Driving & Residential Driving
  • Pre-Drive Inspection
  • Accelerate and Brake
  • Left and Right Hand Turns
  • Proper Lane Positioning
  • Traffic Checks
  • Curbside Parking, Reversing and Turnabouts

(Level-2) 4 hours:

After briefly reviewing the Level 1 residential maneuvers on each of the next 2 lessons, we will teach the student how to safely and correctly perform the following maneuvers out in traffic:
Level 2 - Driving on Public Streets
  • Left and Right Hand Turns in Major Intersections
  • Lane Changes
  • Parallel Parking and all other Parking Maneuvers
  • Traffic Checks and Proper Space Cushions
  • Legal and Safe U-turns

(Level-3) 4 hours:

After reviewing the fundamentals of Level 1 and Level 2 on each of the next 2 lessons, we will introduce safe driving strategies for the following advanced driving environments:
Level 3 - Thorough Review and Intro to Freeway Driving
  • Intro to Freeway Driving
  • Legal and Safe U-turns
  • Finally, we will perform a practice DMV Drive Test.

(Level-4) 4 hours:

Level 4 goes above and beyond the Basic California DMV Training Requirements. On these 2 lessons, we will focus primarily on developing freeway driving and emphasize the following:
Level 4 - Freeway Driving & Defensive Driving
  • Advanced Freeway Driving
  • Teach IPDE Defensive Driving Method
  • Commentary Driving
  • Emphasize Traffic Checks and Space Cushions

(Level-5) 4 hours:

Level 5 largely focuses on canyon and evasive driving. The following is a brief outline of what we teach on the last 2 lessons:
Canyon Driving & Defensive Driving
  • IPDE Defensive Driving Method
  • Commentary Driving
  • Emphasize Traffic Checks and Space Cushions
  • Canyon Driving
  • Evasive Maneuvers

The 20-Hours Behind-the-Wheel Package also includes the Online Drivers Education Course for free:


Drivers Ed Direct introduces a drivers education course that you can complete entirely online. That's right, no classroom attendance required. This course is approved by the CA DMV to satisfy the Driver Education requirement for getting your LEARNERS PERMIT.

Features of our DMV Approved Online Drivers Ed Course Include:

Flash Lessons
Practice Tests
DMV License #4141
Includes Certificate of Completion

Click Here for a Complete Breakdown of our DMV Approved Online Drivers Ed Course

20-Hour Behind-the-Wheel Program Recap

  • Meets 6-hour CA DMV Teen Training Requirement + 14 additional hrs (10 Private 2-hour lessons)
  • Teaches Basic Driving Skills in Different Driving Environments
  • CA DMV Approved Online Course
  • DMV Practice Test
  • Freeway Driving Intensive and Advanced Defensive Driving Skills (4 hours)
  • Canyon Driving Intensive and Tire Blowout Safety Drill (4 hours)
  • IPDE Defensive Driving Method

* Our patient and experienced instructors are committed to developing your driving skills at a pace that is both comfortable and challenging. Instructors will use their discretion and assess your driving skills before training in advanced environments such as city streets, freeways, or canyons. We will not teach you in any setting thought to be unsafe given your current driving ability.

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