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​                                                SECTION SEVEN
             
           WORKING AGREEMENT FOR 
                      3-IN-3 STATE MANDATED TRAINING
Sept 1, 2018

1.  This is written in the first person. Unless otherwise specified, "me, my, our, I" and "mine" are Joda Collins.  "You" and "your" is the student-driver. The on-line contact varies in some insignificant ways when compared to the paper copy Mr. Collins has for your signature and does not have all of this info. Info specific to you will be added in pen and ink to the paper copy or as attachment. Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 

2.   If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract from this web page, please feel free to do so or you are invited to ask for a copy of this Contract via email, through the US Postal System, by FAX or come by my office by appointment for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with you to our initial meeting.  Please return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract." Or, telephone 850 981-3355 and say you "Accept the Contract."   After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson or if it is already tentatively scheduled, the appointment will be confirmed.  Whatever your decision on how to express your  approval of the Contract, just in case, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 

3.   START LOCATION IF NO DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE IS PROVIDED

The start at 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583. This is the Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop/Restaurant located at the North East corner of the intersection of Exit 26 and Interstate 10, Milton.  Please park at in one of the parking spaces at the side of the building. I (Joda Collins) will be inside the main front doors seated immediately to your left. My photo is at  www.JodaCollins.com. My cell is 850 304-1870. 

4.  DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE
is available upon request by for $1.60 per round trip mile from 4033 Buttonbush Dr, Milton, FL 32583 (near to Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton 32583) plus the actual cost of any tolls.

5.  WEEKDAY FEES. The total is $449 cash, check or money order. Below is the itemization.  See Section 6 below.  
Fees are $104.50 per hour, a $30 State recording (admin charge for this service) plus a $30 scheduling fee = Four hours @ $104.50 = $418 plus $30 plus $30 = $478.00.  There is a $29 discount if you do not miss the scheduled lesson for any reason, even a great reason or combination of great reasons ($478 minus $29 = $449.00).  If you use your own vehicle for this training there is an additional $40 fee because the crash rate is higher in a private vehicle compared to Acdy vehicle, the difficulty of training greater, the nerve factor (for me, Joda Collins) increased and the resentment for being told how to drive one's own car usually greater.  These fees include a 10% discount for not using  Visa or MasterCard.
If you are paying with Visa or MasterCard, please advise us immediately by phone (850 981-3355) or email (JodaCollins@aol.com).  


6.  MISSED APPOINTMENT FEE

If you miss an appointment for any other reason than a national weather advisory within two hours of the lesson date/time that predicts severe weather conditions in Escambia or Santa Rosa County within five hours of your lesson, the missed lesson fee is $50 which must be paid before another appointment will be scheduled.  This $50 is non-refundable and cannot be applied to any other lesson than the missed one. This fee is not a penalty fee, but a payment of expense Mr. Collins extended to you on credit for scheduling your missed appointment, reserving and protecting your time slot, reserving his vehicle for you and setting aside 4.5 hours of his life to serve you. If we miss this appointment for any reason, including a host of superior reasons, except the existence of a national weather advisory within one hour of the start of your driving session, we will pay you $50 because  your time and your  effort is as valuable as ours. 

7.  FEES FOR SATURDAY TRAINING.

Saturdays fill up first and fastest, so charge a little more for Saturday training to try to deflect as much weekend training to weekday.  I need one more Saturday most weeks!  The additional fee for Saturday training is $15.00 for four hours.  See Section Six above.

 
8.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE

      A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability including all liability that is over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  

       B. I prefer to use your insured vehicle for parking and three-point turn training. If you want to know why, just ask. I prefer to use my car for all other (over-the-road) training. If you want to know why, just ask. 
       C. If you use your own car for all training, any liability claims exceeding your maximum insurance limit can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
       D.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.

9.  PLEASE DO
Please do wear clean clothing and take a shower.  The vehicle is a closed small area and smells are trapped. My interior is cloth and absorbs odors. My interior is light in color and shows dirt.
     Please do have with you your valid driver license or your letter from the Department of  Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee stating that you are authorized to be in the driver's seat during this four-hours of training.  If your driver license is not current and you do not have a letter from the Department of Highway Safety, Tallahassee, that specifically authorizes you to driving during the four hours of training with me, call 850-617-2598 and ask for it.
You cannot schedule a driving session with me without a valid license or that letter. 

10.  PLEASE DO NOT 
     A.  Please do not take it personally when I correct your driving habits.  Four-hours is a long time to be in a car with someone with a bad attitude. If you only want to learn just enough to pass the State driving exam, just boldly let me know at the beginning (without me solicitating that info) and I will keep my corrections to the absolute minimum and let you start and end with as many deadly and dangerous driving habits as the State will allow.  Otherwise, I will work hard for you and give you as many safe driving tips/skills as I can. If you grow tired of learning, just let me know and I will stop teaching you everything but what is needed to pass your State exam at the minimum skill level.  It is foolish and fruitless to try to teach someone who is determined not to learn.
     B.  Please do not provide justification or argument regarding why you drive poorly or in violation of traffic laws.
     C.  Please do not wear flip flops, crocs, sandals, boots, high heal shoes or slippers. Rather, wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes or dress shoes.
     D. Please do not eat, drink, smoke, chew or suck during the driver's training. If you want do any of these things, let me know and we can stop for a few minutes while you do these things.  However, water in a container with a screw on lid is permitted in the vehicle.  Just do not drink and drive.
     E.  Please do not ask me to prove to you that what I am asking is valuable before you will try it.  Try it and if the wisdom and value of the direction does not become immediately obvious to you, then ask why.

     F.  Please do not lead the training experience by asking questions until I finish clarifying any point.  I will get to every thing eventually. If, I, however fail to do so, ask me when I have completed my clarification. 

     G.  Try not to fill any quite time with chatter or questions because I am always in the teaching mode; sometimes verbal and sometimes forming verbal expression. There is a lot to do in four short hours. 

11.  WHEN THE DRIVING SESSION BEGINS YOU WILL BE ASKED TO:
      A.  Accelerate in a manner that does not throw my head back.
      B.  Stop in a manner that does not throw my head forward.
      C.  Be at 23mph one full block before any stop location if you have time to gracefully slow to 23mph one block away.  
      D.  Do half of your breaking in the first 50% of your stopping area and half of your breaking in the last 50% of your breaking area, not 30/70 as most people do.
      E.  Change lanes and make turns in accord with my directions/procedures.
      F.  Unless otherwise requested drive five to 10-miles per hour under the posted speed limit in all areas where other drivers can pass you gracefully.  We are just driving around in circles and we end up at the same place in four-hours whether you drive fast or slow.  The faster the speed the faster I have to talk and the faster you drive the more teaching opportunities are missed.
      G.  Allow me to close my car doors to avoid additional repairs on my car doors caused by people who slam car doors out of habit.


12. VERBAL AGREEMENTS

We have no verbal agreements. We will not hold you accountable to anything that begins with, "Yes, but you said...."  If it is important to us we will get it in writing.  If it is not in writing and signed by you, you did not say it.  We will not be held hostage to any thing that begins with, "Yes, but you said...."  If it is important to you get it in writing and signed by Mr. Collins.  If it is not in writing and signed by Mr. Collins it was never said.  Questions?  Just ask!


13. SIGNATURES

I accept the benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document as they apply to me. I am a person of my word and can be counted on to keep my word.


A. _______________________________________Date______________

If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract from this web page, please feel free to do so or you are invited to ask for a copy of this Contract via email, through the US Postal System, by FAX or come by my office by appointment for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with you to our initial meeting.  Please return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract." Or, telephone 850 981-3355 and say you "accept the Contract."   After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson or if it is already tentatively scheduled, the appointment will be confirmed.  Whatever your decision on how to express your  approval of the Contract, just in case, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 

  


​                                               SECTION EIGHT  

                                   WORKING AGREEMENT 
       FOR PERSONAL USE OF OUR ACADEMY VEHICLE​​​​​​​
Oct 9, 2018

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 


We (herein meaning, "The Joda Collins Driving Academy), rent our vehicle to any driver with a valid permit who wants to use it to take the Florida behind-the-wheel driving exam for the purpose of securing a driver license.  If you do not like something about this Contract, tell me and I will try to work with you to adjust  this to you liking. I am more interested in a meeting of the minds than I am in keeping every thing in this contact unchanged. The only things I will not change are the things that cost me time or money.  I cannot serve for less and stay in business.

Payment must be received not later than 24-hours in advance of the scheduled use of the vehicle. The charge is $240 plus mileage @ $1.60 per round trip mile from the intersection of Interstate 10 and Exit 26 in Milton, FL.  Charges include a 10% discount for not using  visa or mastercard.   (No debit cards accepted at this time.)   If you are paying by visa or mastercard, please advise us immediately.


If you miss the appointment for any other reason than a national weather advisory within two hours of the lesson date/time that predicts severe weather conditions in Escambia or Santa Rosa County within five hours of your lesson, there is a minimum $50 charge for that missed lesson.  If  you miss the appointment with less than a one hour notice, the charge is 50% of the $240 or $120 plus 100% of the door to door fee. 

N
o driver can use my vehicle for personal use who has not taken, at least, one 75-minute driving session and is deemed reasonably safe. "Reasonably safe" is clarified in an email sent to you. Drivers must score at least 110 points or higher on our safety score card to use my car for taking the State test in a parking lot only and at least 120 points when testing at a location that requires driving in traffic on the open road.  ADVISORY:  While I do not have many people who ask to use my car for their personal use, so far none have scored 110 after only one lesson. I am a small business. I have only one car. Wreck my car and I am out of business until I get it repaired or replaced. I  have to be confident you will not wreck my car before I let you use if for your personal business. 

We do not guarantee a driver will pass the State exam. We do not refund money if a driver fails the State exam.  We do not provide a discount for an additional use of our vehicle for the State exam.  However, if I state in writing that you should pass the State exam and you do not, we do provide up to one-hour of additional training tuition-FREE if a driver fails the State exam to help driver with whatever driving difficulties created the test failure; pick up fees, if any, still apply. 


Drivers must make their own appointment with the Dept of Driver License Office.   We must be informed of the Driver License Office you will be using in order to calculate mileage. Cancellation with less than three hours notice incurs a $100 late-cancellation fee. Cancel by calling 850 981-3355.  Do not make that appointment until you (the driver) are assured by us (the Joda Collins Driving Academy) that the date and time you want to take your exam is a date and time our vehicle will be available to you.


 LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
       A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability including all liability that is over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  
       B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
       C.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.


There may be additional details to consider; however, all details will be in writing. 

Sign and date:


_____________________Date____Initials______
Financially Responsible Individual

_____________________Date____Initials______
Student-driver, if different from above.

__________________________Date_________
Joda Collins, Joda Collins Driving Academy





                                  SECTION NINE

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 

Working Agreement (Contract)
between the Joda Collins Driving Acdy, the Keys to Independence Program (also known as cbccfl.org), the Caregiver and the Student Driver.         

                                                              Revised (clarification only) 10/1/18 but nothing significant is changed.
 All charges for all individuals and all agencies are identical or as close as we can get them and still work within specific guidelines of various agencies. 

FINANCES

Unless otherwise stated herein, all fees to pay are the responsibility of the Keys Program and all discounts and/or rebates are payable to the Keys Program.  We offer a 10% discount for paying by any other means than credit card. We do accept Visa and MasterCard. If paying by any other means than credit card (Visa or MasterCard) deduct 10% from total due.

1.  $124.45 per hour for weekday training and $128.89 per hour for Saturday training which includes a Scheduling/Reservation fee (of $15 per hour).  These fees represent a 12% increase over our charges for weekday training; our first price increase since September 2008!  From 2008 to 2018 the cost of doing business increased over 18%.  However, we offer a rebate or price reduction of 12% on weekday tuition (which is the $124.45 minus $15 = $109.45 times 12% =  $13.13 per training hour) at the end of training if no lesson is missed for any reason (even a great reason) other than the existence of a national weather advisory that predicts adverse weather present in Escambia or Santa Rosa County within three-hours of your driving session.  We do not give and never have given rebates or price reduction on Scheduling/Reservation expenses or door-to-door expenses, because we provide those services below our actual expense to provide them.  We no longer give a rebate or price reduction for Saturday training because Saturdays fill up first and fast.  

2.  Unless otherwise requested and approved the start location is 3804 Garcon Point Road.  Door to door fee is $1.78 per round trip mile from 4033 Buttonbush Dr., Milton, FL 32583 which is very near Exit 26 at Interstate 10, Milton 32583. If no door to door service is requested and approved, the start location for lesson one is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583. This is a Shell Station/Truck Stop/Circle K/Restaurant.  Mr. Collins will be inside seated alone in the restaurant. His photo is at www.jodacollins.com. You will get his cell phone number via email.  The start and end location for lessons two and following is 3815 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 which is across the street from the start location for lesson one.   (Both locations are at the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, 32583.

3.  If the Caregiver and/or Driver misses a lesson for any reason, including a good reason or a combination of good reasons, the Scheduling/Reservation fee of $15 per training hour has to be paid by the Caregivers agency (except as otherwise stated herein).  That fee is not for driver's training, but for a percent of the administration service/expense to schedule and reserve the driver's training time. We provide this service to you on credit (your promise to pay based on your commitment to your word) before the driver's training lessons takes place; however,  If you miss the appointment because of a national weather advisory that predicts severe weather conditions in Escambia or Santa Rosa County within three-hours of your lesson, there is no missed lesson charge for that missed lesson. If no door-to-door service is provided and if you (the Caregiver) are afraid to drive to the start location in adverse weather that is below the national standard for a weather advisory, that fear is the Caregivers funding agencies responsibility, not my (Joda Collins') responsibility.  Even an act of God against you that keeps you from keeping an appointment, still incurs the $15 per missed training hour Scheduling/Reservation fee. That act of God against you is yours to pay for, not me.  I already have enough acts of God, mistakes and fears of my own to pay for.  

     Of course, when Keys pays full price for a lesson that was not canceled with at least a three-hour notice, the $15 per missed training hour fee is not charged to the Caregiver. 

4.  (Note:  The black print of this Section (4) was added on 11/26/18 and is not retroactive.)  If the Joda Collins Driving Acdy misses a lesson/appointment for any reason including a good reason or a combination of good reasons, except for the existence of a national weather advisory that predicts adverse weather in Santa Rosa or Escambia County within three-hours of your lesson time or as clarified in the blue print below, we will provide the Caregiver with a check for $15 per training hour missed because your time is as valuable as ours. NOTICE/REMINDER OF LESSON DATE/TIME. I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance.  If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson there IS a scheduling problem/mistake/oversight. Call 850 981-3355 24/7 (do not email) to resolved the confusion/mistake/problem/oversight.  (Note: The blue print of this section (4) was added 11/29/18 and is not retroactive.)

5.  Payment, upon billing,  follows providing documentation for six hours of training. 

6.  With one exception, if lessons are not cancelled with, at least, a three-hour notice said lessons incur at the expense of the Keys Program 100% of the scheduling fee ($15 per training hour), 100% of the tuition fee and 100% of the door-to-door fee.  The one exception is when there is the existence of a national weather advisory that predicts adverse weather in Santa Rosa or Escambia County within-three hours of your lesson time; otherwise, he lesson and the funds as clarified is simply lost/forfeited.  Please take this into serious consideration especially if you schedule a Saturday lesson, a four-hour or a six-hour driving session.  If driver's schedule is so fragile that it is unwise to schedule in advance, we will accept a request for same day service.


7A. SCHEDULING  (This section, 7A, applies to Caregiver only and not to Keys.) 

(1). We only accept scheduling requests from the person who can commit to the financial obligations of missed lessons and signs our contract. 

(2). We accept three two-hour lessons, two three-hour lessons or one six-hour lesson unless otherwise requested and approved.

(3). We do not reschedule, but we will schedule as many lessons as you want.  Rescheduling implies no harm, no foul, -- no time, energy or expenses invested or lost -- and no charge; none of that is accurate.  If you miss a lesson we will schedule another one if that additional lesson meets with the criteria of this Contract.

(4). You can schedule all the appointments with one phone call or email or you can attempt to schedule for same day service. 

(5). You can schedule less than all the training with more than one phone call with an advance payment of $100 to cover any fees for missed lessons that are, according to this contact, the responsibility of the Caregiver or the Caregiver's agency; said money to be returned within 24 hours if not used.  Send advance payment by check, money order or cashier's check to Joda Collins Driving Acdy, 4033 Buttonbush Drive, Milton, FL 32583.  Feel free to call or email to schedule three or more weekdays (excluding Federal holidays) after the postmark of your envelope.

Section 7A added 12/3/18 and is not retroactive unless the same info is part of this Contract elsewhere in this Contract.


CONTRACT
7.   
This Contract, including the total due, must be approved in advance of service by an authorized Keys representative by email for every new student and by every student. 
8.  Anyone who signs or approves this contact/working agreement reserves the right to terminate this contract, in writing (email okay) at any time and for any reason. However, all financially responsible persons/agencies are obligated to pay for all training and door-to-door service already provided regardless of who terminates this agreement. 
9.  Alterations to this contact, in writing (email okay) can be made by mutual agreement with any person who has the legal right to do so. 
10.   Lessons are in increments of two, three or six hour weekday sessions unless otherwise requested. Saturday training is only provided with one six hour session. 
12.  The only course asked for by Keys is the "Time Only". 
Parking and three point turn (needed to pass the State driving exam) is not provided unless requested by the Caregiver. Not reading this contract is not sufficient reason to hold Mr. Collins responsible for the Caregivers responsibility to ask for parking and three-point turn training.
13. There are no verbal agreements, ever, among any parties.  We will not hold you hostage nor be held hostage by anything that follows: 'But you said...."  No email content can override this contract unless that override is in paper print and signed buy all parties whom that change effects. If it is important to you, get it in writing and get it signed.

14. This is not the contract to use the  Joda Collins Driving Acdy  vehicle for the driver's personal use (to take the State exam). If that is a need or request, please advise us immediately.


 LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
15. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability including all liability that is over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  

16. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
17.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.

18. I accept the benefits and responsibilities as noted above as they apply to me.  

19.  ____________________________  Date ___________________

20.  Client (Keys Program), signing on behave of Agency for which the signer has the authority to commit the Agency to the responsibilities, including financial responsibilities outlined herein.


21.  ____________________________  Date ___________________
22.  Student-Driver


23. ____________________________  Date ___________________

​24.  Caregiver signing on behalf of Agency for which the signer has the authority to commit the Agency to the responsibilities, including financial responsibilities outlined herein. 

25.  Post  Script 

26.  Note 1:  Client and/or driver is free to reproduce this and bring it with him/her/them at first meeting with Mr. Collins. However, Mr. Collins will  have two copies also ready for reading and signing. Each will get a copy.

27.  Note 2:  The State requires the Student-driver to read and sign this contract so driver knows the commitment others are making for him /her, even if under age 18 and cannot be held accountable for any thing in this contract.  



                             SECTION TEN

    CONTRACT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA VOCATIONAL           REHABILITATION AND THE JODA COLLINS DRIVING           ACADEMY.  July 1, 2018. Clarification of terms w/o alteration of content accomplished on 8.20.18.

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 

1.  Five 90-minute lessons to be paid for by the VR at $168 per lesson, a total of $840.00 (eight hundred and forty dollars) with a  $16.80 per lesson that was not rescheduled paid by Joda Collins Driving Acdy check to the VR at the end of paid training for each lesson that was not rescheduled for any reason other than the existence of a national weather advisory within two hours of the appointment that predicts adverse weather present in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties within five hours of the lesson start time.


2.  My (Joda Collins) contracts are all about the same. No one gets more special treatment, lower or higher charges for combined charges, or more or fewer benefits. However, minor differences in contractual arrangements exist because I try to work my Contract around what my Client likes best.  Every agency has their own preferences. I am here to serve.  I have only one hard rule.  I will not work for less than my price quote. Simply stated, I am worth the investment.  I do not give discount service nor get a discount on anything I need to provide my service, so I cannot and do not give discounted prices.


3.  Even though the cost of doing business has increased 17.3% since September 2009, I have not gone up on my charges on tuition since September 2009 charge on lessons that are not missed.  I have deleted my service of rescheduling missed lesson for FREE rather than increase my prices.  The rescheduling fee of $16.80 per 90-minute lesson is calculated into the charge and is refunded to the VR at the end of training if the lesson is not rescheduled for any reason other than a national adverse weather advisory in existence at the time of the driving lesson with projected adverse weather to be in Santa Rosa or Escambia County within three hours of your appointment. (All blue print in Section Ten added 10/26/18 for clarification; no details changed by blue print.) 


4.  CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT. This is what is suggested be printed in the Comments section of the VR Services Authorization and Billing Notice.  (This section slightly modified 10.1.18.)

"Five 90-minute driving lessons at $168 per lesson is $840.00 with a refund sent to the VR from  Joda Collins for $16.80 per lesson when the lesson is not missed for any other reason except for a national weather advisory in existence predicting adverse weather for our area within three hours of the lesson or the fault of the Joda Collins Driving Acdy.  Driving goal is first, to pass the State Driving Exam and then become a safe-defensive driver at speeds of up to 65mph.  More than five 90-minute lessons may be requested by the VR at any time but the billing to the VR will occur with a maximum of every five 90-minute lessons.  Weather conditions (fair, rain, wind or storm), traffic conditions (mild, moderate, congested), environment (new, known, well-known or memorized), skill of other drivers in drivers environment (excellent, good or crash-prone drivers), time (daylight or daylight and dark) are specified by Client (VR Customer). If not specified by Client (VR Customer) to Mr. Collins, unsolicited, in print (email or letter) we (Joda Collins Driving Acdy) will assume fair weather, moderate traffic conditions, well-known driving environment, among good (but not poor) drivers, daylight hours, constitutes drivers and clients reasonable driving skill goal expectations.  Joda Collins (Driving Acdy) notify VR Office when and if consumer is ready for consideration for additional lessons."   

Note: If driving goal different from the suggestion above, simply alter to fit desire.  If the VR wants less training, such as only enough training to pass the State Driving Exam at the minimum skill level, less training will be provided upon request. The Comment section of the VR Services Authorization and Billing Notice must state the level of training VR is willing to pay for.  I can train a driver to pass the State exam and still be a very dangerous driver.  The State exam is pretty easy.


5.  Unless otherwise noted by the VR, the VR authorizes 450 minutes to start with (five 1.5-hour lessons) and continues paying for training as long as the driver is making reasonable progress towards becoming the best driver he or she can be at this time in his or her life and as long  as funding permits. The VR tends to trust my (Joda Collins) judgement because I spend (request) VR money as if it were my own.  If I think a driver is not trying or has reached his or her maximum learning potential, I suggest the VR stop paying for training. So far, they have.  It is that simple.


6.  Training is in 90-minute lessons (five to start with) and can be scheduled  Tuesday through Friday 10am to 8:45pm start time.  VR pays, upon billing, via business check after each set of five 1.5-hour lessons except for the last set of approved lessons if that last set is less than five 1.5-hour lessons.


7.  VR might pay for door-to-door service in the amount of $1.60 per round trip mile from 4033 Buttonbush Drive, Milton, FL 32583.  That determination is between the VR Client and the VR and not Joda Collins and the VR Client. No door to door service provided on Saturday.


8.  A paper copy of the VR financial commitment (the Dept of Education VR Services Authorization and Billing Invoice) for the driver must be in Joda Collins possession before any driving lesson can occur for that  driver.


9.  Drivers must produce proof of having a permit or license before scheduling.


10.  We schedule no more than five lessons in advance and in increments of five lessons at a time or less (as deemed appropriate by the Joda Collins Driving Acdy). 


11.  Student-drivers are offered OPTIONAL study material in preparation for each lesson. Drivers who can and do that the assigned homework in a timely manner progress 50% to about twice as fast through training compared to drivers that do none of the self-study, thus at up to half the expense.  (Not 50% off fees, but 50% off the time needed to reach the same driving safety skill.)  Students who can and do memorize the steps for parking and three point turn are taught parking and three point turn at no charge to the VR.  


12.  This Contract or Working Agreement must be approved between the VR and the Joda  Collins Driving Acdy before any  lessons can be scheduled.


13.  A Contract must be approved between the Joda Collins. Student-driver, the VR Client/Customer and all other parties with vested interest. That Contract can be seen at  www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement Page, Section Eleven.  Upon other requirements said Contact does have financial commitment components.  VR Reps should read it and are asked to read it immediately and let Joda Collins know if it is unacceptable. 


14.  To all parties, please understand this is a new contractual agreement between all parties. It is not unusual that some parties might agree to this Contract without reading it carefully or it may be so poorly written in places it is impossible to understand.  All parties, please be patient with one other for a few weeks as this new Contract is fleshed out.  If there is any confusion or concerns I will make adjustments in favor of all other parties except me (Joda Collins) if at all possible. 


15. It recommended but not required, that VR personnel read Section One and Section Elevem as found on this web site. 




                         SECTION ELEVEN 

CONTRACT BETWEEN VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CLIENTS, STUDENT-DRIVERS AND THE JODA COLLINS DRIVING ACADEMY. July 1, 2018.  The section in blue print was added on October 14, 2018.

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 


If you do not like something about this Contract, tell me and I will try to work with you to adjust  this to you liking. I am more interested in a meeting of the minds than I am in keeping every thing in this contact unchanged. The only things I will not change are the things that cost me time or money.  I cannot serve for less and stay in business.
Here is the process done in just the order:
1.  I get a tentative approval from the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for the Student-driver's behind the wheel training.
2.  I contact the VR Client and the Driver (if not the same person) with the contract between you, the driver and I. For me to know how to proceed, I need to know who is the Client (Customer?) of the VR?
3. The Driver and the VR Client read and inquire about, or read and approve this Contract.
The State requires a contract signed by the Driver and the VR Client. The driver has to sign so the driver knows his or her responsibility. The VR Client has to sign because the Contract obligates the Client to possible financial responsibilities and other commitments.
4. The VR Client sends an email to jodacollins@aol.com or calls 850 981-3355  and gives any kind of statement, verbal or written, that each accepts the contract benefits and responsibilities.
5.  When I  get the paper copy of the authorization for scheduling, I call or email the VR Client the Client (not the driver unless the driver is the client) schedules five lessons with one email or one phone call with the awareness there is a fee for  every lesson missed  that  VR will not  cover, so schedules wisely.  Drivers who are too busy to schedule in advance with a reasonable degree of confidence are usually too busy to train due to other things having priority, and we suggest delaying training until learning to drive with crashing is a priority.


The VR's Client is the person who is 18-years or older who is the or a final authority for themselves or a person 18-years or older who is the final authority for a person who is of any age. That person is my "party with vested interest."  The person trained behind-the-wheel is the "student-driver."  It is illegal for me to serve the VR Client without an agreed on contract between me and that client (party with vested interest if that is not  the driver). It is illegal for me to train a student-driver without an agreed on contact between me and the student-driver even if the student-driver cannot be held accountable for a contractual agreement due to being under 18 or over 18 and legally free from being held accountable for a contractual agreement.  I still have to do my best to be sure the student driver knows what is expect of him or her and what others are contributing to his or her driving success. 


6.  The VR begins by approving five 1.5-hour driving sessions (450 minutes total) at $1.8667 per minute = $168 per 1.5-hour lesson (including tuition and the $30 Scheduling Service Fee) = $168 times five = $840.00.


7.  The VR will not pay for and/or I do not ask the VR to pay for the following expenses.  My party with vested interest or driver is responsible for these charges.  I used to cover these expenses myself but my cost of doing business has gone up 17.29% since 2009 and my charge in that time has not  increased. I cannot  pay for these expenses any more and stay in business.


     A.  Workbook:  OPTIONAL READING --  The VR will not pay and/or I will not ask the VR to pay the $20 refundable deposit on a paper copy of the study workbook.  Or, the student-driver can use an electronic copy that is sent email.

    The purpose of the Workbook is to provide written material that, if read carefully and the written work turned in on time, unsolicited, at the start of each lesson will reduce the behind the wheel time by 50% to 100% (half the time/money compared to those who do not do the  assigned homework), thus making it possible for the driver to progress up to twice as fast through training and save the VR up to $63 per lesson. (This does not mean VR receives a $63 discount per lesson if you do the assigned homework. It means that if you reach your driving goal or current learning potential in half the time the VR saves half the money they would have otherwise spent on your training.)  No funding agency has unlimited funds.  When and if more training is needed, the VR may be more likely to invest more money in you if they are paying half as much to train you compared to drivers who do no self-study and it cost the VR twice as much.   I think any funding agency would be more likely to invest in a person who is willing to help themselves as much as possible. 

     The recommended homework is three to four hours of devoted reading and turning in the written work, unsolicited, at the start of each lesson starting with lesson two.

     Eighty percent of learning to drive and/or learning to drive well is mental.  That is why the State mandates passing the written test before providing a permit to drive.  Anything that is mental can be put into words and read or spoken.  I  can quote the content of the Workbook to you during paid driving time and charge VR by the minute for doing so, or you can read it for free.  Your choice!   The question is, what motivation does the VR have to pay by the minute for me to tell you during paid driving time what you can learn for free on your own time?   

     If you need help with your study of the workbook, let me know and I will pay one of my Secretaries to help you on a one-to-one basis at no charge to you and no charge to the VR.  Just ask.  

     Beyond possibly asking you if you understand this option, I (Joda Collins) will not mention self-study or homework to you unless you ask for that information.  If you want to know more about this free option, you must ask for those details. 


     B.  Missed lesson charge when less than one-hour notice provided:  The VR will not pay the full price or any part of the $168 tuition per lesson that you miss and do not give at least one-hour notice.  If you miss a lesson and do not give at least  a one-hour notice you owe the full $168, however, we will only charge you $50.00. If we send you a reminder for the lesson within 48-hours of the lesson, and we miss the lesson with less than one hour notice, we will pay you $50.00.  If you do not get a reminder within 48-hours of your lesson, contact us to confirm. 


     C.   Scheduling Fee for missed lessons.  Every lesson has a Scheduling Fee of $30.00.  That  $30 cover some of my expense incurred to take the incoming call or email, schedule the lesson on our office wall calendar, contact each of three secretaries and have them schedule  the lesson on their home  office wall calendar (they work from home often), update by hand the one line calendar, create an email that has that day and time on it along with any relevant financial implications and email that  email to driver, client and VR, protect that time so others do not get it, lose any money I have to because others cannot train at any other time, reserve my (Joda Collins) time for this lesson, and reserve my vehicle for you.   All of that costs me between $30 and $60, on average. If you miss the lesson for any reason, I have a minimum $30 expense and no income from the effort. The VR pays for $16.80 of that $30 and you pay $13.20 of that expense.  There are two exceptions. First, if there is a national adverse weather advisory in effect within two-hours of the driving lesson the predicts adverse weather in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties within five hours of your lesson, and second if the missed lesson is my fault or an act of God against me.  If the missed lesson is your  fault or an act of God against you (other than the weather advisory), the $13.20 fee is your responsibility. I do not accept credit cards for this fee.  This is not a financial penalty but a partial reimbursement for our (Joda Collins) expense extended to you on credit (your word to pay) to schedule and reserve your appointment, Mr. Collins time and our vehicle.


8.  PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN
Unless otherwise arranged the parking and three point turn will take place very soon after driver scores 90 General Safety points.  Unless otherwise arranged, the driver will use the  car he will use for his State exam to practice parking and three point turn. I do not charge the VR for parking and three point turn training if you (the driver) are willing and able to memorizes the steps for parking and three point turn on your own time for free. If you memorize the steps for parking and three point turn on your own time for FREE, it saves the VR, on average, $150.00.  If you want to save the VR $150, please read www.jodacollins.com, Agreement page, Section One for details.  Questions? Just ask.  If you need  help memorizing the steps, let me know and I will pay one of my Secretaries to help you on a one-to-one basis at no charge to you and no charge to the VR.  Just ask. 

     Beyond possibly asking you if you understand this option, I will not  mention it to you again. 


9.  Riders

The Client, spouse  or parent is allowed to ride in the back seat if the training is accomplished in any vehicle that  does not belong to the Joda Collins Driving Acdy.   For reasons I  will clarify upon request, I do not let anyone ride in the back seat of my car during VR funded training; there are exceptions, but few.


10.  Scheduling

     A.  All five 1.5-hour lessons have to be scheduled not later than 7pm the night prior to lesson one and with one email or phone call.  

     B .  VR approval and paperwork must be in my (Joda Collins) hand and Client and Driver approval of this Contract has to be received before we provide any driving lesson. 

     C.  VR training occurs Tuesday through Friday 10am to 8:45pm start time. Driver must have license or permit for more than 90 days to be able to legally drive at nighy.   I do not offer VR student training on Saturdays because it is more expensive.  However, I will train VR students on Saturdays if the third party with vested interest and/or the VR Client/Customer pays the additional $10.80 per lesson at or before scheduling Saturday training or unless the VR approves Saturday training, and the additional $10.80 in advance.  In the event  the Saturday training is missed for any reason, this $10.80 along with other noted lost fees, herein, is forfeited. Saturdays fill up first and fastest, so Saturday times are more valuable.  No door to door service on Saturdays.  

     D.  At Joda Collins discretion lesson may be scheduled without pre-approval of VR or the approval of this Contact by party with vested interest or driver, but no driving lesson will occur without the pre-approval of the VR, the paper copy of the VR approval in Mr. Collins hand and the approval of this Contact and the payment of any contacted fees as noted in this Contact by the driver and/or the party with vested interest. 

     E.  It costs us about $15 in initial immediate admin expense to schedule one lesson and about $20 in initial immediate admin expense to schedule five 1.5 hour lessons with one phone call or email.  Thus, to schedule five lesson one at time costs us about $75 in admin expense and about $20 to schedule all five lessons with one effort (email or phone call); a savings of $55.00, or about $10 per lesson scheduled. Our charge to the VR for your training reflects that savings (lesser charge).  If you want to schedule five lessons with more than one phone call or email, the additional charge is $10 per scheduling after the first scheduling.  This added $10 is not paid by the VR and belongs to you.  VR agrees to pay for a package of services. Additional service charges belong to you.  We have found that those who are too busy or have schedules too complicated to schedule five appointments in advance are usually too busy or have schedules too complex to take training at this time; and end up missing lessons no matter what.  We sincerely encourage said drivers to delay training until driver's training can be an important priority.  However, the decision is, obviously, yours.  

     F.  If no door to door service is provided, the start location for lesson one is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583.  This is at the Intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, six miles East of Pensacola.  The start/end location for lessons two and following is across the street at 3815 Garcon Point Road, Milton. 


11.  All quoted prices are non-credit card (Visa/MasterCard) prices and include a 10% discount. If you are paying with Visa or MasterCard, please advise us immediately.


12.  All finance issues between us and our party with vested interest are payable through the mail (US Postal System).   Mr. Collins does not do financial business, --  his staff does.  We do not discuss financial matters over the phone which avoids "he said, she said" scenarios which are easily problematic. We take our time, we calculate carefully, we explain fully and we put it in print via email and/or USPO allowing the party with vested interest time to verify our figures.


13.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
       A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability including all liability that is over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  
       B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
       C.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.
 


14.  SIGNATURES 
I (the undersigned) accept the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined 
in this document.  If you cannot sign this document on line (here), just call 850 981-3355 or email jodacollins@aol.com and express your acceptance of this Contract. That  is sufficient to continue with scheduling. 

__________________________________________________ Date________________
VR Client and Joda Collins Third Party with  Vested Interest

___________________________________________________Date________________
Student-Driver. If under 18 or not the VR Client, this person cannot be held accountable for anything in this document but understands his or her commitment and the commitment others are making on behalf of him or her. 
 
__________________________________________________Date_________________

If not 18 years of age and/or not the VR Client, this person cannot be held accountable for anything in this document.
 
__________________________________________________Date_________________ 

Joda Collins Driving Acdy
Office: 850  981-3355    
Cell: 850 304-1870
www.JodaCollins.com



                          SECTION TWELVE

     SHORTER STANDARD CONTACT COMPARED TO SECTION ONE June 26, 2018

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 


This is a three page document. It is long because it contains quite a number words that clarify the reasons why your obligations to me exist, but not as many as Section One.  If you do not care very much why your obligations to me exist, such as why you owe me $30 even if you do not keep your scheduled appointment, then you can skip this Section and read the shorter version of this contract by scrolling down to Section Thirteen.  If you like some details and  some good reasons why your obligations exist, then read this Section.  If you desire more clarification about any part of the Contact you can all us (850 981-3355), email us (jodacollins@aol.com) or reference the same part of this Contact in Section One at the top of this column.
     This Working Agreement (Contract) is written by me (Joda Collins), therefore, all personal references (my, me, I) are a reference to me (unless otherwise noted).  "You" may be the "Client" (financially responsible individual) or the Student-driver (if different from the Client).      Form revised June 24, 2018.  This is a brand new revision of the Contract. Please allow some leeway in working out the bugs if it is needed. The leeway will always be in favor of the client and/or driver.
     This is not like most on-line contracts these days where you just ignore the content and sign it.  If  you are a Client (financially responsible person), a Student-driver or a third party with vested interest, please read and understand every word.  We will honor every word of this contract towards you and we expect you to honor every word of this contract towards us; otherwise, why have a contract?  Thank you kindly. Please do not get upset with us if you do not read this and that failure on your part causes you difficulties.  We treat adults like adults and expect adult behavior.  Thank you.
    This is not a short document.   I wish I could make this Contract shorter and still cover all things well. I cannot. I have tried. The bold underlined print is the most important information.  The bold non-underlined print is second most important.  The non-bold print that follows the word "Premise" is the least important info. The non-bold print that precedes the word Premise is more important than the non-bold print that follows the word "Premise."  It is not short because I am not trying to be extremely brief but reasonably clear.  I am  presenting the contractual position and then giving some premise (reasons why).  If you prefer to make an appointment to come to our office to sign this form or have it clarified or presented, just call and make that appointment.  Please set aside one-hour.  There is no charge for this service.
    If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting. Some can copy, paste and reproduce and others cannot. We do not know why.  Or, you can email and ask for this contract emailed to you to make reproduction easier. However,  I (Joda Collins) will have two copies with me for signing non-the-less. 
​     I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  We live in a society were fewer and fewer people can read with comprehension. If you cannot comprehend this, please let us know so we and walk you through this info in our office by appointment.
1.  CHARGES AND CHARGE RELATED FACTS
A. Tuition plus Scheduling Fee Minus Rebate = Charge per lesson.
     (1).  The charge per 75-minute is $140 weekday and $145 (non- credit card) Saturdays minus up to 10.7% Rebate. See Section C, below, for clarification of Rebates. 
     The tuition charge ($110 or $115) is the total charge of the lesson not including the $30 Scheduling Service Fee. There is no tuition charge for lessons canceled with at least a one-hour notice; however, to schedule again we reserve the right to require a non-refundable, non-transferable prepayment for the next lesson.
     We collect only for the first lesson, initially.
     There is an additional tuition charge of $10 per lesson for training in any vehicle but mine (Joda Collins) except for parking and three point turn training. I prefer to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training.   Premise:  When using your car for over-the-road training my stress level is higher, I have no second brake for safety, much less control of the car, many people resent being told how to drive their own car thus training is more difficult and most people drive their vehicle more aggressively than they would mine.  It takes about 20% longer to train in a vehicle without a second brake; ask me why, if interested to know why.
     (2).  Scheduling Service Fee for every scheduled lesson is $30 even if missed and/or canceled except when missed for fear of adverse weather when there is an existing national weather advisory within two hours of your lesson time that predicts adverse weather in Santa Rosa or Escambia County within five hours of your lesson time, and cancellation occurs no sooner than two-hours before the lesson start time and no later than the lesson start time.  This $30 is not in addition to the charges noted in #1 above, but included in the charge.  The tuition is all remaining charge for the lesson. When you schedule a lesson after you approve this contract you owe $30 per lesson even if you miss the lesson for a good reason or reschedule it for a great reason.   When you approve this contract and you have lessons scheduled, you owe a $30 Scheduling Service Fee per scheduled lesson and the Scheduling Service Fee is NOT transferable to any other lesson.  Premise:  We cannot take the incoming call or email, schedule lessons on our office calendar, manually remove the time/date from our on line calendar, type the intro email, set aside Mr. Collins time and our vehicle, send you the contract in the mail, protect your time and date and not allow anyone else to have it, defer all who want your date and time to later, miss your lesson and sacrifice Mr. Collins training time and do even a small portion of that for you for  FREE.  We would if we could. We just cannot. There is a Scheduling Service Fee because we spent that much already in admin expense and office overhead to schedule your missed lesson.  We spent that on you on credit.   We extended to you credit!  It costs me about at least $30 in administration expense (secretaries and office expense) to schedule a lesson that is missed. I expect you (the Client) to pay that scheduling service expense even if you miss a lesson for a great or a combination of great reasons since the scheduling service is a service to you and the scheduling expense does not magically go away if you miss the lesson for a good reason.   You will be billed via the mail for $30 for the missed lesson. It does not cost me less time, energy or money to endure a missed lesson that is missed for a good reason compared to a lesson that is missed for a bad reason.  The $30 is not a penalty for missing a lesson; it is a reimbursement for service already rendered to you on credit.   Please do not hand me the check or the money. Mail it in the already addressed and stamped security envelope you will get in the mail;  there is a good reason for this policy. If you want to know the reason, ask.  If you would rather pay more per lesson than the mandatory Scheduling Service Fee for each missed lesson, let me know and I will clarify this option for you.
(3). Rebates:  Pay for scheduled lessons by the start of lesson two and get a rebate at the end of your training in the amounts of:
     $5 per completed lesson for five lessons or less, or (not and) $10 per completed lesson for six or (not and) $14 per lesson for six or more lessons when the driver has NO missed lessons for six consecutive lessons except for lessons missed due to existing national weather advisory at the time of the lesson.  Excludes Saturday training and any tuition payment of only one lesson at a time.
     We hesitate to accept pre-scheduling for more than seven lessons in advance. We will, however, accept payment for more than seven lessons in advance with as signed attachment that clarifies important details not found herein.  Scheduled lessons are considered paid for in advance if paid in full by the start of lesson two.
     Missed appointments do not cost me less when missed because of a good reason. I have never had a missed lesson for a bad reason.  When prepayment is made by the start of lesson two for a two or more scheduled lessons in addition to lesson one, the Rebate amount is retroactive to lesson one.
  
B. Visa/MasterCard:  All quoted charges include a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.  To calculate  fees when using Visa or MasterCard multiply the total by 1.1111112.  Since we are only multiplying the total, the full discount may be closer to 11%.  Premise:   Visa and MasterCard fees are high. I would rather have more profit than give my profit to the credit card company. I will not use credit and pay the extra fees for doing so.  I do not charge everyone extra to cover the expense of using credit.  I give a discount for not using credit.  The 10% discount is less cost to me than the total of all visa and mastercard fees. 
C.  Cancellations:  See 1A(2) above.
D.  Refunds:  Under no conditions are funds paid for completed or started lessons refundable.  Stop training if and when progress is unacceptable, when your driving goal is met or for any other reason, and get a refund on all prepaid lessons that, otherwise, qualify by contractual agreement for a full refund. 
E.  Rescheduling:  We do not reschedule.  We schedule, cancel and schedule again. Premise:  Rescheduling implies a smooth one-step process that costs us little or nothing in admin expense to accomplish.  Scheduling, canceling and scheduling again signifies a three-step process that is three times the admin expense to accomplish. 
F. This is not a contract to use my vehicle for your personal use including but not limited to taking the State driving exam.
G.    I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not get a notice for and you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance.  If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson, call 850 981-3355 24/7, or email JodaCollins@aol.com to find out why.
H.  Door-to-door fee is about 60% of a round trip taxi and slightly less than a round trip UBER @ $1.60 per round trip mile (no time in traffic fee) from very near Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, six miles east of Pensacola.  The start location for the first lesson when no door to door service is provided is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 (the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton).  This is a Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop and Restaurant. Park in the lot at either side of the building, enter the main front doors and I will be seated alone and to your left.  My photo is at www.JodaCollins.com.
I.   I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. 


3.  PRE-SCHEDULING LIMIT 
We do not recommend scheduling more than seven lessons in advance because the chances of missing a lesson and incurring the $30 missed lessons Scheduling Service Fee increases the further in the future the lessons are scheduled.  We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.


4. PREPAY LIMIT
A. We do not accept pre-payment for lessons not on our scheduling calendar by 7pm the night prior to lesson two.  We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.  If you are too busy to schedule, you are too busy to train and will probably ask for a refund of unused fund? Why pay in advance?
B. Under normal conditions we do not collect in advance for more than seven scheduled lessons. If you want to pay in advance for more than seven scheduled lessons, we have an attachment for you to sign that has details not covered in this document. 


5.  CONDITIONS FOR CHARGES WITH NO OR LIMITED SERVICE OR BEFORE SERVICE.
A.  Unlike most driving schools that require a 24 to 48-hour notice, I require only a one-hour notice except as noted in 1A(2). If you do not provide at least a one hour notice, except as otherwise clarified in 1A(2), you owe 100% of the tuition and scheduling fee.
B.  If you have door-to-door service and are not at your door to start the lesson, you owe 100% of the door-to-door fee, tuition and scheduling fee.  
C.  We reserve the right to require advance payment of tuition, scheduling fee and/or the door-to-door fee when providing door-to-door service.
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7.  EARLY TERMINATION
A. The Client can terminate this agreement at any time for any reason with at least a one-hour notice and receive 100% of prepaid fees that, otherwise by Contract, qualify for full refund.  Driver and Client should continue training only if progress meets expectations.   
B. Joda Collins reserves the right to refuse free or paid services to anyone, for any reason at any time.


8.  COURSE ENROLLMENT
A. Driver is enrolled in the _________________________ Course. Sometimes, we provide an estimate of the rate of progress, but we do not guarantee a rate of progress or graduation. Clients (not Drivers) not enrolled in a Course must tell Mr. Collins (our only instructor) what he or she wants to learn each lesson.  
B. Training begins with or verification of basic vehicle control, safe and legal lane changes, safe and legal right and left turns, correction of any driving method or habit that is too dangerous not to correct immediately, safe following distance and safe/slow approach to stopped traffic.  Premise: These are the most important driving skills that keep us crash free.  They are priority. And, they are required skills to have in order to secure a driver's license at any driver license office where they require over the road testing. 

9.  VERBAL AGREEMENTS
A. Florida law does not allow verbal agreements between driving schools, drivers and/or  clients on matters that may rise to the level of possible litigation.  We have no nor do we honor any verbal agreements, ever --  because everything can qualify for litigation these days!  
B. We do not hold you responsible for any thing we say that follows, "But you said...."   
C. We will not be held captive to anything that begins with "But you said...."   
D. If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do!  

10.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  
B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding  your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
C.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.

11.  ATTACHMENTS TO THIS CONTRACT
​Every email from us is considered an attachment by date to this contract. If there are any discrepancies between email content and this Working Agreement (Contract), this Contract is the final authority unless specifically stated to the contrary in the email and agreed on by  you, in writing.

12.  PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN
A.  If you want parking and three point turn training, you must ask for it and tell me when you want it. I will not mention parking and three point turn unless you do; that is your responsibility.
B.  Read carefully www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement page, Section One, Colored Print for details before signing this document.  Do you have any questions about that section?  Circle  One:  YES   NO.   If you circled YES, please ask your questions before signing this document. 

13.  RIDERS
A. Parent, parents, spouse and/or client are welcome, invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one only, unless using a car that is not the Joda Collins Acdy vehicle, then the car owner determines who can and cannot ride during training.  
B.  I prefer, but do not require, the Client to ride for lesson one because when we return from the lesson, if the Client does not ride, and the Client asks the driver what he or she thinks of the training, the driver interprets that as, "Did Mr. Collins make you happy."  I would rather spend the training time making the driver safer not happy.  If you do ride, you will get a sermon about not training from the back seat and your assumed risk. Try not to take offense to it.  Thank you.  I have made the sermon as sweet as I know how but still make the important points.
C.  I do not invite riders in my vehicle for lesson two and following for several reasons. If you want to know the reasons, just ask.                  


14.  NON-BINDING ESTIMATE OF PROGRESS
If a Client rides during the first lesson I will usually provide a non-binding estimate of how many more lessons I think driver will need to reach whatever driving skill level the driver and/or you (the Client) seeks.  If the Client does not ride for the first lesson, the Client has no way to place a value on each lesson, so an estimate is worthless.  The only way a Client can evaluate the value of my training/teaching is to ride with the driver between each lesson and evaluate the progress.   If training fails to meet your expectations, quit training and get a refund of any and all unused funds that qualify, by contractual agreement, for a full refund.

15. DISABILITIES, CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATION
List or your physical, mental or emotional disabilities, limitations, difficulties and medications here.  If none, write "None."
ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Anxiety Disorder, OTHER: 

16.  SIGNATURES
A. I (the undersigned) have read and understand this contract and Attachment One (below or attached).  If  you are reading this on line, you are not expected to sign this on line; it can not be done. 
B. I accept and commit to the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document and Attachment One as they apply to me.  You can count on me to honor my word because I am a decent and honorable person.
C. Unless otherwise stated in writing and agreed on by all parties, the content of this document and Attachment One takes priority over all other statements, written or verbal. 
D. All other writings and/or statements are ONLY to find a meeting of the minds with concept in line with the document unless otherwise stated and agreed on by all. 
E. This Contract is null and void 90-days from the most recent completed lesson.
F.  If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to secure a paper copy of this Contract by copy and reproduce from this web site, via email, through the US Postal System, FAX or come by my office for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting.  Or, you can read it here, return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract" or telephone 850 981-3355 and say the same thing. After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson.  Whatever you decision on how to approve the Contract, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 
___________________________________________ Date________________
Client (Financially Responsible Person)

____________________________________________Date________________
Driver  (If under 18 cannot be held liable for any commitment, but reading this only to know what is expected from him or her and know the commitment of the Client to him or her.)
 
___________________________________________ Date_______________
Joda Collins Driving Acdy

​​ATTACHMENT ONE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT.

Eats and Drinks:  No gum, food, chips, drinks, nuts or such are permitted in the training vehicle for consumption or use during training, except water in a container with a lid or cap.  To learn why beyond any obvious reasons for this go to:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/selective-soft-sound-syndrome/paperback/product-18785296.html

Shoes:  For increased safety, please wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes, rather than flip flops, sandals, high heals, house-shoes, crocs, boots, etc.   

Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training.  This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends.  Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.

Insurance Discount?  Check with your Insurance provider to see if they give discounts for Florida licensed and insured professional driving school training.

A license or permit from any State (or a "Universal License" or "Universal Permit") is required to drive.   Do not forget to bring it with you. 
                                                                                                   
CLIENT AND/OR STUDENT-DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY
A.  Read this Contract well and understand it completely, please. Doing so may avoid a lot of misunderstanding and hard feelings in the future. Often people just assume that I run my business like they would run it if it was their business and then get mad at me when I do not.  I probably do not run my business like you would if this was your business. If, however, you want to change something in this Contract or Attachment, just ask. I am open to any conversation about change that does not include my charges.  I cannot charge less and stay in business.  
B. Provide a color or black and white photo copy (front only) of your license or permit at the start of the first (or only, if you only take one lesson).   If you cannot, did not or forget to do this we will stop by my office or an retail copy place and get a copy.  If I have the extra time, i will add to your driving time the time it takes to secure that copy.
B.   I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  If you do not want to read all of this Contract, I have a very brief Contract that has a liability waiver and removes all driver and client benefits and simply states, "Each lesson is 75 minutes paid in advance of scheduling @ $145 cash, money order or cashier's check or $161 Visa or MasterCard with no verbal agreements, refunds or rescheduling, ever."  If you are happy with that one sentence Contract that is void of any Client/Driver benefits or kindness shown, so am I.  Just let me know. 
C.  If you do not get a phone call or an email one or two days prior to your driving lesson to remind you of the driving lesson there IS a mix-up in your schedule; please call to confirm appointment.  Failure to call to confirm (if you do not get a confirmation call or email) rids me (Joda Collins) of any responsibility if I miss the appointment. Keeping driving schedules accurate is a joint-venture. Thank you
D.  Keep your word, that is - honor this contract. I will keep my word to you.  I have grown so very weary of people who think that because they did not read the contract before they signed it that they are not responsible to honor the contact. That is so immature!  If you are that kind of person, please do not do business with me.  Thank you.
Office: 850  981-3355    
Cell: 850 304-1870
www.JodaCollins.com


TO SCHEDULE A LESSON
After reading the above Section (Twelve),
1.  Scroll up to the top of this page and click on WELCOME in the heading.
2. From that WELCOME page, select a date and time more than 24 hours from now.
3. Email JodaCollins@aol.com or call 850 981-3355 with your name, telephone number and appointment date/time request.  
We will contact you with and for further details, usually, within two hours, OR
4.  Do none of the above and just call 850 981-3355.




                      SECTION THIRTEEN

                STANDARD CONTRACT June 26, 2018

    SHORTER STANDARD CONTACT COMPARED TO SECTION ONE OR TWELVE

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 
This is about a two page document. It contains a few words that clarify the reasons why your obligations to me exist, but not as many as Section One or Section Twelve.  If you do not care why your obligations to me exist, such as why you owe me $30 even if you do not keep your scheduled appointment, then you can skip this Section and read the shorter version of this contract by scrolling down to Section Fourteen.   If you desire more clarification about any part of the Contact you can all us (850 981-3355), emailing us (jodacollins@aol.com) or reference the same part of this Contact in Section One at the top of this column.
     This Working Agreement (Contract) is written by me (Joda Collins), therefore, all personal references (my, me, I) are a reference to me (unless otherwise noted).  "You" may be the "Client" (financially responsible individual) or the Student-driver (if different from the Client).      Form revised June 24, 2018.  This is a brand new revision of the Contract. Please allow some leeway in working out the bugs if it is needed. The leeway will always be in favor of the client and/or driver.
     This is not like most on-line contracts these days where you just ignore the content and sign it.  If  you are a Client (financially responsible person), a Student-driver or a third party with vested interest, please read and understand every word.  We will honor every word of this contract towards you and we expect you to honor every word of this contract towards us; otherwise, why have a contract?  Thank you kindly. Please do not get upset with us if you do not read this and that failure on your part causes you difficulties. 
    If you prefer to make an appointment to come to our office to sign this form or have it clarified or presented, just call and make that appointment.  Please set aside one-hour.  There is no charge for this service.
    If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting. Some can copy, paste and reproduce and others cannot. We do not know why.  Or, you can email and ask for this contract emailed to you to make reproduction easier. However,  I (Joda Collins) will have two copies with me for signing non-the-less. 
​     I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  We live in a society were fewer and fewer people can read with comprehension. If you cannot comprehend this, please let us know so we and walk you through this info in our office by appointment.
1.  CHARGES AND CHARGE RELATED FACTS
A. Tuition plus Scheduling Fee Minus Rebate = Charge per lesson.
     (1).  The charge per 75-minute is $140 weekday and $145 (non- credit card) Saturdays minus up to 10.7% Rebate. See Section C, below, for clarification of Rebates. 
     The tuition charge ($110 or $115) is the total charge of the lesson not including the $30 Scheduling Service Fee. There is no tuition charge for lessons canceled with at least a one-hour notice; however, to schedule again we reserve the right to require a non-refundable, non-transferable prepayment for the next lesson.
     We collect only for the first lesson, initially.
     There is an additional tuition charge of $10 per lesson for training in any vehicle but mine (Joda Collins) except for parking and three point turn training. I prefer to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training.   Premise:  When using your car for over-the-road training my stress level is higher because the crash probability is higher. It takes about 20% longer to train in a vehicle without a second brake; ask me why, if interested to know why.
     (2).  Scheduling Service Fee for every scheduled lesson is $30 even if missed and/or canceled except when missed for fear of adverse weather when there is an existing national weather advisory and cancellation occurs no sooner than two-hours before the lesson start time and no later than the lesson start time.  This $30 is not in addition to the charges noted in #1 above, but included in the charge.  The tuition is all remaining charge for the lesson. When you schedule a lesson after you approve this contract you owe $30 per lesson even if you miss the lesson for a good reason or reschedule it for a great reason.   When you approve this contract and you have lessons scheduled, you owe a $30 Scheduling Service Fee per scheduled lesson and the Scheduling Service Fee is NOT transferable to any other lesson.  Premise:  We do not work for free and we cannot schedule and reserve time and vehicle for free even if you miss a lesson due an act of God against your plans.  You will be billed via the mail for $30 for the missed lesson. It does not cost me less time, energy or money to endure a missed lesson that is missed for a good reason compared to a lesson that is missed for a bad reason.  The $30 is not a penalty for missing a lesson; it is a reimbursement for service already rendered to you on credit.   Please do not hand me the check or the money. Mail it in the already addressed and stamped security envelope you will get in the mail.
(3). Rebates:  Pay for scheduled lessons by the start of lesson two and get a rebate at the end of your training in the amounts of:
     $5 per completed lesson for five lessons or less, or (not and) $10 per completed lesson for six or (not and) $14 per lesson for six or more lessons when the driver has NO missed lessons for six consecutive lessons except for lessons missed due to existing national weather advisory two or more hours before your lesson start time that predicts adverse weather conditions in Santa Rosa or Escambia County present within five hours of your driving session.   Excludes Saturday training and any tuition payment of only one lesson at a time.  No rebates for Saturday training.
     We hesitate to accept pre-scheduling for more than seven lessons in advance. We will, however, accept payment for more than seven lessons in advance with as signed attachment that clarifies important details not found herein.  Scheduled lessons are considered paid for in advance if paid in full by the start of lesson two.
     Missed appointments do not cost me less when missed because of a good reason. I have never had a missed lesson for a bad reason.  When prepayment is made by the start of lesson two for a two or more scheduled lessons in addition to lesson one, the Rebate amount is retroactive to lesson one.
B. Visa/MasterCard:  All quoted charges include a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.
C.  Cancellations:  See 1A(2) above.
D.  Refunds:  Under no conditions are funds paid for completed or started lessons refundable.  Stop training if and when progress is unacceptable, when your driving goal is met or for any other reason, and get a refund on all prepaid lessons that, otherwise, qualify by contractual agreement for a full refund. 
E.  Rescheduling:  We do not reschedule missed lessons, but you can add lessons. 
F. This is not a contract to use my vehicle for your personal use including but not limited to taking the State driving exam.
G.    I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not get a notice for and you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance.  If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson, call 850 981-3355 24/7, or email JodaCollins@aol.com to find out why.
H.  Door-to-door fee is $1.60 per round trip mile from very near Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, six miles east of Pensacola.  The start location for the first lesson when no door to door service is provided is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 (the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton).  This is a Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop and Restaurant. Park in the lot at either side of the building, enter the main front doors and I will be seated alone and to your left.  My photo is at www.JodaCollins.com.
I.   I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.


3.  PRE-SCHEDULING LIMIT 
We do not recommend scheduling more than seven lessons in advance because the chances of missing a lesson and incurring the $30 missed lessons Scheduling Service Fee increases the further in the future the lessons are scheduled.  We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.

4. PREPAY LIMIT
A. We do not accept pre-payment for lessons not on our scheduling calendar by 7pm the night prior to lesson two.  We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.
B. If you want to pay in advance for more than seven scheduled lessons, we have an attachment for you to sign that has details not covered in this document. 


5.  CONDITIONS FOR CHARGES WITH NO OR LIMITED SERVICE OR BEFORE SERVICE.
A.  If you do not provide at least a one hour notice, except as otherwise clarified in 1A(2), you owe 100% of the tuition and scheduling fee.
B.  If you have door-to-door service and are not at your door to start the lesson, you owe 100% of the door-to-door fee, tuition and scheduling fee.  
C.  We reserve the right to require advance payment of tuition, scheduling fee and/or the door-to-door fee when providing door-to-door service.
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7.  EARLY TERMINATION
A. The Client can terminate this agreement at any time for any reason with at least a one-hour notice and receive 100% of prepaid fees that, otherwise by Contract, qualify for full refund.  Driver and Client should continue training only if progress meets expectations.   
B. Joda Collins reserves the right to refuse free or paid services to anyone, for any reason at any time.


8.  COURSE ENROLLMENT
A. Driver is enrolled in the _________________________ Course. Sometimes, we provide an estimate of the rate of progress, but we do not guarantee a rate of progress or graduation. Clients (not Drivers) not enrolled in a Course must tell Mr. Collins (our only instructor) what he or she wants to learn each lesson.  
B. Training begins with or verification of basic vehicle control, safe and legal lane changes, safe and legal right and left turns, correction of any driving method or habit that is too dangerous not to correct immediately, safe following distance and safe/slow approach to stopped traffic.

9.  VERBAL AGREEMENTS
A. Florida law does not allow verbal agreements between driving schools, drivers and/or  clients on matters that may rise to the level of possible litigation.  We have no nor do we honor any verbal agreements, ever --  because everything can qualify for litigation these days!  
B. We do not hold you responsible for any thing we say that follows, "But you said...."   
C. We will not be held captive to anything that begins with "But you said...."   
D. If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do!  

10.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  
B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding  your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
C.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.

11.  ATTACHMENTS TO THIS CONTRACT
​Every email from us is considered an attachment by date to this contract. If there are any discrepancies between email content and this Working Agreement (Contract), this Contract is the final authority unless specifically stated to the contrary in the email and agreed on by  you, in writing.

12.  PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN
A.  If you want parking and three point turn training, you must ask for it and tell me when you want it. I will not mention parking and three point turn unless you do; that is your responsibility.
B.  Read carefully www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement page, Section One, Colored Print for details before signing this document.  Do you have any questions about that section?  Circle  One:  YES   NO.   If you circled YES, please ask your questions before signing this document. 

13.  RIDERS
A. Parent, parents, spouse and/or client are welcome, invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one only, unless using a car that is not the Joda Collins Acdy vehicle, then the car owner determines who can and cannot ride during training.  
B.  I prefer, but do not require, the Client to ride for lesson one because when we return from the lesson, if the Client does not ride, and the Client asks the driver what he or she thinks of the training, the driver interprets that as, "Did Mr. Collins make you happy."  I would rather spend the training time making the driver safer not happy.  If you do ride, you will get a sermon about not training from the back seat and your assumed risk. Try not to take offense to it.  Thank you.  I have made the sermon as sweet as I know how but still make the important points.
C.  I do not invite riders in my vehicle for lesson two and following for several reasons. If you want to know the reasons, just ask.                  

14.  NON-BINDING ESTIMATE OF PROGRESS
If a Client rides during the first lesson I will usually provide a non-binding estimate of how many more lessons I think driver will need to reach whatever driving skill level the driver and/or you (the Client) seeks.  If the Client does not ride for the first lesson, the Client has no way to place a value on each lesson, so an estimate is worthless.  The only way a Client can evaluate the value of my training/teaching is to ride with the driver between each lesson and evaluate the progress.   If training fails to meet your expectations, quit training and get a refund of any and all unused funds that qualify, by contractual agreement, for a full refund.

15. DISABILITIES, CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATION
List or your physical, mental or emotional disabilities, limitations, difficulties and medications here.  If none, write "None."
ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Anxiety Disorder, OTHER: 

16.  SIGNATURES
A. I (the undersigned) have read and understand this contract and Attachment One (below or attached).  If  you are reading this on line, you are not expected to sign this on line; it can not be done. 
B. I accept and commit to the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document and Attachment One as they apply to me.  You can count on me to honor my word because I am a decent and honorable person.
C. Unless otherwise stated in writing and agreed on by all parties, the content of this document and Attachment One takes priority over all other statements, written or verbal. 
D. All other writings and/or statements are ONLY to find a meeting of the minds with concept in line with the document unless otherwise stated and agreed on by all. 
E. This Contract is null and void 90-days from the most recent completed lesson.

F.  If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to secure a paper copy of this Contract by copy and reproduce from this web site, via email, through the US Postal System, FAX or come by my office for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting.  Or, you can read it here, return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract" or telephone 850 981-3355 and say the same thing. After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson.  Whatever you decision on how to approve the Contract, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 


___________________________________________ Date________________
Client (Financially Responsible Person)

____________________________________________Date________________
Driver  (If under 18 cannot be held liable for any commitment, but reading this only to know what is expected from him or her and know the commitment of the Client to him or her.)
 
___________________________________________ Date_______________
Joda Collins Driving Acdy

​​ATTACHMENT ONE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT.

Eats and Drinks:  No gum, food, chips, drinks, nuts or such are permitted in the training vehicle for consumption or use during training, except water in a container with a lid or cap.  To learn why beyond any obvious reasons for this go to:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/selective-soft-sound-syndrome/paperback/product-18785296.html

Shoes:  For increased safety, please wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes, rather than flip flops, sandals, high heals, house-shoes, crocs, boots, etc.   

Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training.  This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends.  Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.

Insurance Discount?  Check with your Insurance provider to see if they give discounts for Florida licensed and insured professional driving school training.

A license or permit from any State (or a "Universal License" or "Universal Permit") is required to drive.   Do not forget to bring it with you. 
                                                                                                   
CLIENT AND/OR STUDENT-DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY
A.  Read this Contract well and understand it completely, please. Doing so may avoid a lot of misunderstanding and hard feelings in the future. Often people just assume that I run my business like they would run it if it was their business and then get mad at me when I do not.  I probably do not run my business like you would if this was your business. If, however, you want to change something in this Contract or Attachment, just ask. I am open to any conversation about change that does not include my charges.  I cannot charge less and stay in business.  
B. Provide a color or black and white photo copy (front only) of your license or permit at the start of the first (or only, if you only take one lesson).   If you cannot, did not or forget to do this we will stop by my office or an retail copy place and get a copy.  If I have the extra time, i will add to your driving time the time it takes to secure that copy.
B.   I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  If you do not want to read all of this Contract, I have a very brief Contract that has a liability waiver and removes all driver and client benefits and simply states, "Each lesson is 75 minutes paid in advance of scheduling @ $145 cash, money order or cashier's check or $161 Visa or MasterCard with no verbal agreements, refunds or rescheduling, ever."  If you are happy with that one sentence Contract that is void of any Client/Driver benefits or kindness shown, so am I.  Just let me know. 
C.  If you do not get a phone call or an email one or two days prior to your driving lesson to remind you of the driving lesson there IS a mix-up in your schedule; please call to confirm appointment.  Failure to call to confirm (if you do not get a confirmation call or email) rids me (Joda Collins) of any responsibility if I miss the appointment. Keeping driving schedules accurate is a joint-venture. Thank you
D.  Keep your word, that is - honor this contract. I will keep my word to you.  I have grown so very weary of people who think that because they did not read the contract before they signed it that they are not responsible to honor the contact. That is so immature!  If you are that kind of person, please do not do business with me.  Thank you.
Office: 850  981-3355    
Cell: 850 304-1870
www.JodaCollins.com

TO SCHEDULE A LESSON
After reading the above Section (Twelve),
1.  Scroll up to the top of this page and click on WELCOME in the heading.
2. From that WELCOME page, select a date and time more than 24 hours from now.
3. Email JodaCollins@aol.com or call 850 981-3355 with your name, telephone number and appointment date/time request.  
We will contact you with and for further details, usually, within two hours, OR
4.  Do none of the above and just call 850 981-3355.




                       SECTION FOURTEEN
                 
 STANDARD CONTACT  June 26, 2018

     SHORTEST VERSION THAT HAS CLIENT AND DRIVER BENEFITS

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 
This is about a one-page document. It is shorter than any other version of the Contract except for the version which deletes all Client and Driver benefits.  If you hate to read, want benefits, have tough skin and can take a punch, this is the Contract version for you.  You owe me $30 even if you do not keep your scheduled appointment.   If you desire more clarification about any part of the Contact you can all us (850 981-3355), emailing us (jodacollins@aol.com) or reference the same part of this Contact in Section One at the top of this column.  If you prefer the shortest Contact and do not care if you pay more and get less, skip this Section and go to Section Fifteen. I have deleted all clarification and all client and driver benefits in Section Fifteen.  
     This Working Agreement (Contract) is written by me (Joda Collins), therefore, all personal references (my, me, I) are a reference to me (unless otherwise noted).  "You" may be the "Client" (financially responsible individual) or the Student-driver (if different from the Client).      Form revised June 25, 2018.  This is a brand new revision of the Contract. Please allow some leeway in working out the bugs if it is needed. The leeway will always be in favor of the client and/or driver.
     This is not like most on-line contracts these days where you just ignore the content and sign it.  If  you are a Client (financially responsible person), a Student-driver or a third party with vested interest, please read and understand every word.  We will honor every word of this contract towards you and we expect you to honor every word of this contract towards us; otherwise, why have a contract?  Thank you kindly. Please do not get upset with us if you do not read this and that failure on your part causes you difficulties. 
    If you prefer to make an appointment to come to our office to sign this form or have it clarified or presented, just call and make that appointment.  Please set aside one-hour.  There is no charge for this service.
    If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting. Some can copy, paste and reproduce and others cannot. We do not know why.  Or, you can email and ask for this contract emailed to you to make reproduction easier. However,  I (Joda Collins) will have two copies with me for signing non-the-less. 
​     I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  We live in a society were fewer and fewer people can read with comprehension. If you cannot comprehend this, please let us know so we and walk you through this info in our office by appointment.
1.  CHARGES AND CHARGE RELATED FACTS
A. Tuition plus Scheduling Fee Minus Rebate = Charge per lesson.
     (1).  The charge per 75-minute is $140 weekday and $145 (non- credit card) Saturdays minus up to 10.7% Rebate.
     The tuition charge ($110 or $115) is the total charge of the lesson not including the $30 Scheduling Service Fee. There is no tuition charge for lessons canceled with at least a one-hour notice; however, to schedule again we reserve certain rights.
     We collect only for the first lesson, initially.
     There is an additional tuition charge of $10 per lesson for training in any vehicle but mine (Joda Collins) except for parking and three point turn training. I prefer to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training.
     (2).  Scheduling Service Fee for every scheduled lesson is $30 even if missed and/or canceled except when missed for fear of adverse weather when there is an existing national weather advisory in existence within two hours of your dri ving session that predicts that ad verse weather will be present in Escambia or Santa Rosa County within five hours of your driving session and cancellation occurs no sooner than two-hours before the lesson start time and no later than the lesson start time.  This $30 is not in addition to the charges noted in #1 above, but included in the charge.  Scheduling and reserving is work, takes time and money. I do not work for free.  You will be billed the $30 fee; please do not pay it directly to me. 
(3).  Rebates:  Pay for scheduled lessons by the start of lesson two and get a rebate at the end of your training in the amounts of:
     $5 per completed lesson for five lessons or less, or (not and) $10 per completed lesson for six or (not and) $14 per lesson for six or more lessons when the driver has NO missed lessons for six consecutive lessons except for lessons missed due to existing national weather advisory at the time of the lesson.  Excludes Saturday training and any tuition payment of only one lesson at a time.
     We hesitate to accept pre-scheduling for more than seven lessons in advance. We will, however, accept payment for more than seven lessons in advance with as signed attachment that clarifies important details not found herein.  Scheduled lessons are considered paid for in advance if paid in full by the start of lesson two.
     Missed appointments do not cost me less when missed because of a good reason. I have never had a missed lesson for a bad reason.  When prepayment is made by the start of lesson two for a two or more scheduled lessons in addition to lesson one, the Rebate amount is retroactive to lesson one. 
B. Visa/MasterCard:  All quoted charges include a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.
C.  Cancellations:  See 1A(2) above.
D.  Refunds:  Under no conditions are funds paid for completed or started lessons refundable.  Stop training if and when progress is unacceptable, when your driving goal is met or for any other reason, and get a refund on all prepaid lessons that, otherwise, qualify by contractual agreement for a full refund. 
E.  Rescheduling:  We do not reschedule missed lessons, but you can add lessons. 
F. This is not a contract to use my vehicle for your personal use including but not limited to taking the State driving exam.
G.    I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not get a notice for and you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance.  If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson, call 850 981-3355 24/7, or email JodaCollins@aol.com to find out why.
H.  Door-to-door fee is $1.60 per round trip mile from very near Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, six miles east of Pensacola.  The start location for the first lesson when no door to door service is provided is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 (the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton).  This is a Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop and Restaurant. Park in the lot at either side of the building, enter the main front doors and I will be seated alone and to your left.  My photo is at www.JodaCollins.com.
I.   I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.


3.  PRE-SCHEDULING LIMIT 
We do not recommend scheduling more than seven lessons in advance because the chances nor schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.

4. PREPAY LIMIT
A. We do not accept pre-payment for lessons not on our scheduling calendar by 7pm the night prior to lesson two.  We do not schedule lessons that are not prepaid at the start of the first or the first in the set of pre-scheduled lessons.
B. If you want to pay in advance for more than seven scheduled lessons, we have an attachment for you to sign that has details not covered in this document. 

5.  CONDITIONS FOR CHARGES WITH NO OR LIMITED SERVICE OR BEFORE SERVICE.
A.  If you do not provide at least a one hour notice, except as otherwise clarified in 1A(2), you owe 100% of the tuition and scheduling fee.
B.  If you have door-to-door service and are not at your door to start the lesson, you owe 100% of the door-to-door fee, tuition and scheduling fee.  
C.  We reserve the right to require advance payment of tuition, scheduling fee and/or the door-to-door fee when providing door-to-door service.
6.  If you want to save one hundred dollar or more, read: 
https://www.facebook.com/Joda-Collins-Driving-Academy-152907391387197/


7.  EARLY TERMINATION
A. The Client can terminate this agreement at any time for any reason with at least a one-hour notice and receive 100% of prepaid fees that, otherwise by Contract, qualify for full refund.  Driver and Client should continue training only if progress meets expectations.   
B. Joda Collins reserves the right to refuse free or paid services to anyone, for any reason at any time.


8.  COURSE ENROLLMENT
A. Driver is enrolled in the _________________________ Course. Sometimes, we provide an estimate of the rate of progress, but we do not guarantee a rate of progress or graduation. Clients (not Drivers) not enrolled in a Course must tell Mr. Collins (our only instructor) what he or she wants to learn each lesson.  
B. Training begins with or verification of basic vehicle control, safe and legal lane changes, safe and legal right and left turns, correction of any driving method or habit that is too dangerous not to correct immediately, safe following distance and safe/slow approach to stopped traffic.

9.  VERBAL AGREEMENTS
A. Florida law does not allow verbal agreements about most things.
B. We do not hold you responsible for any thing we say that follows, "But you said...."   
C. We will not be held captive to anything that begins with "But you said...."   
D. If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do!  

10.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  
B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding  your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
C.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.

11.  ATTACHMENTS TO THIS CONTRACT
​Every email from us is considered an attachment by date to this contract. If there are any discrepancies between email content and this Working Agreement (Contract), this Contract is the final authority unless specifically stated to the contrary in the email and agreed on by  you, in writing.

12.  PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN
A.  If you want parking and three point turn training, you must ask for it and tell me when you want it. I will not mention parking and three point turn unless you do; that is your responsibility.
B.  Read carefully www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement page, Section One, Colored Print for details before signing this document.  Do you have any questions about that section?  Circle  One:  YES   NO.   If you circled YES, please ask your questions before signing this document. 

13.  RIDERS
A. Parent, parents, spouse and/or client are welcome, invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one only, unless using a car that is not the Joda Collins Acdy vehicle, then the car owner determines who can and cannot ride during training.  
B.  I prefer, but do not require, the Client to ride for lesson one because when we return from the lesson, if the Client does not ride, and the Client asks the driver what he or she thinks of the training, the driver interprets that as, "Did Mr. Collins make you happy."  I would rather spend the training time making the driver safer not happy.  If you do ride, you will get a sermon about not training from the back seat and your assumed risk. Try not to take offense to it.  Thank you.  I have made the sermon as sweet as I know how but still make the important points.
C.  I do not invite riders in my vehicle for lesson two and following for several reasons. If you want to know the reasons, just ask.                  

14.  NON-BINDING ESTIMATE OF PROGRESS
If a Client rides during the first lesson I will usually provide a non-binding estimate of how many more lessons I think driver will need to reach whatever driving skill level the driver and/or you (the Client) seeks.  If the Client does not ride for the first lesson, the Client has no way to place a value on each lesson, so an estimate is worthless.  The only way a Client can evaluate the value of my training/teaching is to ride with the driver between each lesson and evaluate the progress.   If training fails to meet your expectations, quit training and get a refund of any and all unused funds that qualify, by contractual agreement, for a full refund.

15. DISABILITIES, CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATION
List or your physical, mental or emotional disabilities, limitations, difficulties and medications here.  If none, write "None."
ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Anxiety Disorder, OTHER: 

16.  SIGNATURES
A. I (the undersigned) have read and understand this contract and Attachment One (below or attached).  If  you are reading this on line, you are not expected to sign this on line; it can not be done. 
B. I accept and commit to the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document and Attachment One as they apply to me.  You can count on me to honor my word because I am a decent and honorable person.
C. Unless otherwise stated in writing and agreed on by all parties, the content of this document and Attachment One takes priority over all other statements, written or verbal. 
D. All other writings and/or statements are ONLY to find a meeting of the minds with concept in line with the document unless otherwise stated and agreed on by all. 
E. This Contract is null and void 90-days from the most recent completed lesson.

F.  If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to secure a paper copy of this Contract by copy and reproduce from this web site, via email, through the US Postal System, FAX or come by my office for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting.  Or, you can read it here, return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract" or telephone 850 981-3355 and say the same thing. After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson.  Whatever you decision on how to approve the Contract, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 

___________________________________________ Date________________
Client (Financially Responsible Person)

____________________________________________Date________________
Driver  (If under 18 cannot be held liable for any commitment, but reading this only to know what is expected from him or her and know the commitment of the Client to him or her.)
 
___________________________________________ Date_______________
Joda Collins Driving Acdy

​​ATTACHMENT ONE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT.

Eats and Drinks:  No gum, food, chips, drinks, nuts or such are permitted in the training vehicle for consumption or use during training, except water in a container with a lid or cap.  To learn why beyond any obvious reasons for this go to:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/selective-soft-sound-syndrome/paperback/product-18785296.html

Shoes:  For increased safety, please wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes, rather than flip flops, sandals, high heals, house-shoes, crocs, boots, etc.   

Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training.  This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends.  Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.

Insurance Discount?  Check with your Insurance provider to see if they give discounts for Florida licensed and insured professional driving school training.

A license or permit from any State (or a "Universal License" or "Universal Permit") is required to drive.   Do not forget to bring it with you. 
                                                                                                   
CLIENT AND/OR STUDENT-DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY
A.  Read this Contract well and understand it completely, please. Doing so may avoid a lot of misunderstanding and hard feelings in the future. Often people just assume that I run my business like they would run it if it was their business and then get mad at me when I do not.  I probably do not run my business like you would if this was your business. If, however, you want to change something in this Contract or Attachment, just ask. I am open to any conversation about change that does not include my charges.  I cannot charge less and stay in business.  
B. Provide a color or black and white photo copy (front only) of your license or permit at the start of the first (or only, if you only take one lesson).   If you cannot, did not or forget to do this we will stop by my office or an retail copy place and get a copy.  If I have the extra time, i will add to your driving time the time it takes to secure that copy.
B.   I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  If you do not want to read all of this Contract, I have a very brief Contract that has a liability waiver and removes all driver and client benefits and simply states, "Each lesson is 75 minutes paid in advance of scheduling @ $145 cash, money order or cashier's check or $161 Visa or MasterCard with no verbal agreements, refunds or rescheduling, ever."  If you are happy with that one sentence Contract that is void of any Client/Driver benefits or kindness shown, so am I.  Just let me know. 
C.  If you do not get a phone call or an email one or two days prior to your driving lesson to remind you of the driving lesson there IS a mix-up in your schedule; please call to confirm appointment.  Failure to call to confirm (if you do not get a confirmation call or email) rids me (Joda Collins) of any responsibility if I miss the appointment. Keeping driving schedules accurate is a joint-venture. Thank you
D.  Keep your word, that is - honor this contract. I will keep my word to you.  I have grown so very weary of people who think that because they did not read the contract before they signed it that they are not responsible to honor the contact. That is so immature!  If you are that kind of person, please do not do business with me.  Thank you.
Office: 850  981-3355    
Cell: 850 304-1870
www.JodaCollins.com

TO SCHEDULE A LESSON
After reading the above Section (Twelve),
1.  Scroll up to the top of this page and click on WELCOME in the heading.
2. From that WELCOME page, select a date and time more than 24 hours from now.
3. Email JodaCollins@aol.com or call 850 981-3355 with your name, telephone number and appointment date/time request.  
We will contact you with and for further details, usually, within two hours, OR
4.  Do none of the above and just call 850 981-3355.




                          SECTION FIFTEEN

                      STANDARD CONTRACT  June 26, 2018

           SHORTEST VERSION BECAUSE ALL CLARIFICATION

                 AND DRIVER/CLIENT BENEFITS ARE DELETED

Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 

If you desire more clarification about any part of the Contact you can  call or (850 981-3355) or email (jodacollins@aol.com).   If you are not a tough guy or gal, this is not the Contract version for you. If you want to read the minimum, get less and pay more, this IS your Contract!!!  I will hold you 100% accountable for everything below.
    If you prefer to make an appointment to come to our office to sign this form or have it clarified or presented, just call and make that appointment.  Please set aside one-hour.  There is no charge for this service.
    If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting. Some can copy, paste and reproduce and others cannot. We do not know why.  Or, you can email and ask for this contract emailed to you to make reproduction easier. However,  I (Joda Collins) will have two copies with me for signing non-the-less. 
​   If you cannot comprehend this, please let us know so we and walk you through this info in our office by appointment.
1.  CHARGES AND CHARGE RELATED FACTS
A. Tuition plus Scheduling      

(1).  The charge per 75-minute is $140 weekday and $145 (non- credit card) payable in advance of scheduling.  No refunds. No rescheduling for any reason.  Pay for one lesson at time, only.
     There is an additional tuition charge of $10 per lesson for training in any vehicle but mine (Joda Collins) except for parking and three point turn training. I prefer to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training.
     (2).  Client benefit removed.
     (3).  Client benefit removed

B. Visa/MasterCard:  All quoted charges include a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.
C.  Client benefit removed.
D.  Client benefit removed.
E.  Rescheduling:  We do not reschedule missed lessons, but you can add lessons. 
F. This is not a contract to use my vehicle for your personal use including but not limited to taking the State driving exam.
G.    I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not get a notice for and you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance.  If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson, call 850 981-3355 24/7, or email JodaCollins@aol.com to find out why.
H.  Door-to-door fee, paid in advance and non-refundable and non-transferable is $1.60 per round trip mile from very near Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, six miles east of Pensacola.  The start location for the first lesson when no door to door service is provided is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 (the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton).  This is a Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop and Restaurant. Park in the lot at either side of the building, enter the main front doors and I will be seated alone and to your left.  My photo is at www.JodaCollins.com.
I.   I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

3.   If you miss the appointment for any other reason than a national weather advisory within two hours of the lesson date/time that predicts severe weather conditions in Escambia or Santa Rosa County within five hours of your lesson, there is a minimum $30 charge for that missed lesson that covers about half of what it costs us to schedule and reserve your appointment. 


4. Not applicable as it relates to a facet of a client benefit.
A. Not applicable as it relates to a facet of a client benefit. 
B. Not applicable because it relates to a facet of a client benefit. 

5.  Not applicable because this relates to a facet of a client benefit.
A.   Not applicable because this relates to a facet of a client benefit.

B. Not applicable because this relates to a facet of a client benefit.

C.  Not applicable because this relates to a facet of a client benefit.


6.  If you want to save one hundred dollar or more, read: 
https://www.facebook.com/Joda-Collins-Driving-Academy-152907391387197/


7.   Not applicable because this relates to a facet of a client benefit.
A.  Not applicable because this relates to a facet of a client benefit.  
B. Joda Collins reserves the right to refuse free or paid services to anyone, for any reason at any time.


8.  COURSE ENROLLMENT
A. Driver is enrolled in the _________________________ Course. Sometimes, we provide an estimate of the rate of progress, but we do not guarantee a rate of progress or graduation. Clients (not Drivers) not enrolled in a Course must tell Mr. Collins (our only instructor) what he or she wants to learn each lesson.  
B. Training begins with or verification of basic vehicle control, safe and legal lane changes, safe and legal right and left turns, correction of any driving method or habit that is too dangerous not to correct immediately, safe following distance and safe/slow approach to stopped traffic.

9.  VERBAL AGREEMENTS
A. Florida law does not allow verbal agreements about most things.
B. We do not hold you responsible for any thing we say that follows, "But you said...."   
C. We will not be held captive to anything that begins with "But you said...."   
D. If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do!  

10.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE
A. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  
B. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding  your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.
C.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk.

11.  ATTACHMENTS TO THIS CONTRACT
​Every email from us is considered an attachment by date to this contract. If there are any discrepancies between email content and this Working Agreement (Contract), this Contract is the final authority unless specifically stated to the contrary in the email and agreed on by  you, in writing.

12.  PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN
A.  If you want parking and three point turn training, you must ask for it and tell me when you want it. I will not mention parking and three point turn unless you do; that is your responsibility.
B.  Read carefully www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement page, Section One, Colored Print for details before signing this document.  Do you have any questions about that section?  Circle  One:  YES   NO.   If you circled YES, please ask your questions before signing this document. 

13.  RIDERS
A. Parent, parents, spouse and/or client are welcome, invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one only, unless using a car that is not the Joda Collins Acdy vehicle, then the car owner determines who can and cannot ride during training.  
B.  I prefer, but do not require, the Client to ride for lesson one because when we return from the lesson, if the Client does not ride, and the Client asks the driver what he or she thinks of the training, the driver interprets that as, "Did Mr. Collins make you happy."  I would rather spend the training time making the driver safer not happy.  If you do ride, you will get a sermon about not training from the back seat and your assumed risk. Try not to take offense to it.  Thank you.  I have made the sermon as sweet as I know how but still make the important points.
C.  I do not invite riders in my vehicle for lesson two and following for several reasons. If you want to know the reasons, just ask.                  

14.  Client benefit removed.

15. DISABILITIES, CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATION
List or your physical, mental or emotional disabilities, limitations, difficulties and medications here.  If none, write "None."
ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Anxiety Disorder, OTHER: 

16.  SIGNATURES
A. I (the undersigned) have read and understand this contract and Attachment One (below or attached).  If  you are reading this on line, you are not expected to sign this on line; it can not be done. 
B. I accept and commit to the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document and Attachment One as they apply to me.  You can count on me to honor my word because I am a decent and honorable person.
C. Unless otherwise stated in writing and agreed on by all parties, the content of this document and Attachment One takes priority over all other statements, written or verbal. 
D. All other writings and/or statements are ONLY to find a meeting of the minds with concept in line with the document unless otherwise stated and agreed on by all. 
E. This Contract is null and void 90-days from the most recent completed lesson.

F.  If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to secure a paper copy of this Contract by copy and reproduce from this web site, via email, through the US Postal System, FAX or come by my office for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with  you to our initial meeting.  Or, you can read it here, return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract" or telephone 850 981-3355 and say the same thing. After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson.  Whatever you decision on how to approve the Contract, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 

___________________________________________ Date________________
Client (Financially Responsible Person)

____________________________________________Date________________
Driver  (If under 18 cannot be held liable for any commitment, but reading this only to know what is expected from him or her and know the commitment of the Client to him or her.)
 
___________________________________________ Date_______________
Joda Collins Driving Acdy

​​ATTACHMENT ONE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT.

Eats and Drinks:  No gum, food, chips, drinks, nuts or such are permitted in the training vehicle for consumption or use during training, except water in a container with a lid or cap.  To learn why beyond any obvious reasons for this go to:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/selective-soft-sound-syndrome/paperback/product-18785296.html

Shoes:  For increased safety, please wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes, rather than flip flops, sandals, high heals, house-shoes, crocs, boots, etc.   

Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training.  This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends.  Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.

Insurance Discount?  Check with your Insurance provider to see if they give discounts for Florida licensed and insured professional driving school training.

A license or permit from any State (or a "Universal License" or "Universal Permit") is required to drive.   Do not forget to bring it with you. 
                                                                                                   
CLIENT AND/OR STUDENT-DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY
A.  Read this Contract well and understand it completely, please. Doing so may avoid a lot of misunderstanding and hard feelings in the future. Often people just assume that I run my business like they would run it if it was their business and then get mad at me when I do not.  I probably do not run my business like you would if this was your business. If, however, you want to change something in this Contract or Attachment, just ask. I am open to any conversation about change that does not include my charges.  I cannot charge less and stay in business.  
B. Provide a color or black and white photo copy (front only) of your license or permit at the start of the first (or only, if you only take one lesson).   If you cannot, did not or forget to do this we will stop by my office or an retail copy place and get a copy.  If I have the extra time, i will add to your driving time the time it takes to secure that copy.
B.   I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  If you do not want to read all of this Contract, I have a very brief Contract that has a liability waiver and removes all driver and client benefits and simply states, "Each lesson is 75 minutes paid in advance of scheduling @ $145 cash, money order or cashier's check or $161 Visa or MasterCard with no verbal agreements, refunds or rescheduling, ever."  If you are happy with that one sentence Contract that is void of any Client/Driver benefits or kindness shown, so am I.  Just let me know. 
C.  If you do not get a phone call or an email one or two days prior to your driving lesson to remind you of the driving lesson there IS a mix-up in your schedule; please call to confirm appointment.  Failure to call to confirm (if you do not get a confirmation call or email) rids me (Joda Collins) of any responsibility if I miss the appointment. Keeping driving schedules accurate is a joint-venture. Thank you
D.  Keep your word, that is - honor this contract. I will keep my word to you.  I have grown so very weary of people who think that because they did not read the contract before they signed it that they are not responsible to honor the contact. That is so immature!  If you are that kind of person, please do not do business with me.  Thank you.
Office: 850  981-3355    
Cell: 850 304-1870
www.JodaCollins.com

TO SCHEDULE A LESSON
After reading the above Section (Twelve),
1.  Client benefit removed.
2.  Client benefit removed.
3.  Client benefit removed.  
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JODA COLLINS CONTRACT WITH MS. SOLON, KEYS TO INDEPENDENCE REP,  REGARDING THE NEXT STUDENT ONLY
 "The Keys Program will pay by visa or mastercard:
1.   $124.44 per hour for driver's training via visa or mastercard at the end of contracted service and upon billing, plus 
2.   $1.78 door to door fee plus 
3.   Any and all toll fees incurred in the provision of door to door service in the amount of the actual toll plus 1.111115 percent of the toll only.
4.  The billing must be approved in advance of service.
5.   A rebate that ranges from zero to $5.60 per training hour will be mailed to Keys following the completion of each contract.  Details available upon request.
6.  The Joda Collins Driving Academy provides no other service to or for the Keys Program or Keys clients. 
7.  The Joda Collins Driving Academy does not work for FREE, therefore any additional charges have to be paid by someone else, by signed contract. The Keys Program Rep can view that Contract at any time upon request.
8.  The Keys Program and Joda Collins reserves the right to terminate this contract, in writing (email okay) at any time and for any reason. However, the Keys Program is obligated to pay for all training provided before that termination regardless of who terminates this agreement. 
9.  Alterations to this contact, in writing (email okay) can be made by mutual agreement with any person who has the legal right to do so. 
10.  Lessons are in increments of two, four or six hours as requested by the driver or caregiver.
11.  The only course asked for by Keys is the "Time Only" Course.

CONTRACT BETWEEN PARTIES SIGNING BELOW
I have read items 1 through 11 above. I understand that I (the person signing below in the Client section) have to pay $100 in advance to reschedule any missed lesson even if the reason for missing the lesson is a good one or a combination of excellent reasons, with one exception and that is if there is a national adverse weather advisory existing at the time of the scheduled start of the lesson or if the lesson does not occur by the action of the Joda Collins Driving Acdy. If the Joda Collins Driving Academy misses any lesson for any reason other than a national adverse weather advisory existing at the time of the scheduled start of the lesson Joda  Collins will pay me (the person who signs below as our Client) $100.00.    

I accept the benefits and responsibilities as noted above as they apply to me. 

_____________________________  Date ___________________
Client 

_____________________________  Date___________________
Driver 


Working Agreement  

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First and most important, we do not teach parking and three point turn unless specifically asked to do so. Second, we do not tell the driver or the client when we will teach parking and three point turn, rather, the driver and/or the client tells us when that training will occur.


​​​We do not charge for parking and three point turn training IF the driver is also enrolled in paid training and has memorized the steps for parking and/or three point turn well enough to quote them without hesitation and  upon request and if the student-driver is a enrolled in paid training for other driving skills.  Also, drivers do not have to memorize all of the steps for parking and three point turn as we will train a driver to do all the steps the driver has memorized.  Interested?  Ask for more information.  

​    Parking and Three-point-turn are skill requirements for all who have to take the State exam.  I (Joda Collins) prefer to use the vehicle the driver will use for testing to teach parking and the three- point turn because that better ensures the driver will, more easily, pass the part of the State test and because the training/learning is easier and takes less time in a personal vehicle. (See red and green print for details.)  Therefore, I need to know if you, the Client, want to use your vehicle for parking and three point turn training or our vehicle. 

Drivers that have memorized the steps for parking and three point turn can "learn" how to park and do the three point turn during behind the wheel training in about  five minutes. Drivers that do not or can not memorize on their own usually require one to three hours of behind-the-wheel training to learn parking and three point turn.

It saves the client money if the driver memorizes the steps for parking and three point turn on his or her own time and permits the driver to use behind the wheel time to learn to drive crash free.   Drivers do not have to learn all the steps at one time before free training for parking and/or three point turn occurs. You can be trained for no charge on only the steps you have memorized.  Just let us know when you want the training.

What car are  you using for parking and three point turn training?  Yours or mine?

Memorize the red print if you are using your vehicle for parking and three point turn training.

Memorize the green print if we are using the Joda Collins Driving Academy vehicle for parking and three point turn training. 


 Entering a parking space when using a private  vehicle for parking.  

    1.  Go slow, get far right and when                safe, signal left.
    2.  Stop, turn wheel 90% full left.
    3.  When safe, coast.
    4.  Steer right in order to stop with car          centered n lane.
    5. Point front wheels straight.
    6. Put parking brake on and                         transmission in park. 


Note:  "When safe," means you look in every possible direction from which a vehicle or pedestrian might reasonably be about to enter your line of travel.
 


Exiting a parking space when using a private  vehicle for parking.   

     1.  When safe, put in reverse, release           parking brake when safe, back.
     2.  Stop when my front bumper is                 even with back bumper of vehicle on right or left.
     3.  Turn wheel 100% in the direction             you want the back end of vehicle to go. .
     4.  When safe, back up, stop at 45               degree angle and put in drive.
     5.  Turn wheel 100% in the direction             you want the front of the vehicle to go and when safe, accelerate. .


View:  http://activerain.com/blogsview/505780/a-slice-of-life


Three Point Turn when using a private  vehicle for three point turn training.   

     1.  Go slow, get far right, when safe               signal left and stop.
     2.  Turn 100% left and, when safe,                coast, stop and put in reverse.
     3.  Turn 100% right, when safe coast             back, stop and put in drive.
     4   Turn 100% left and when safe, go.


There is more to entering and exiting a parking space than what is noted above, but the additional information is easily incorporated into the steps above once the steps above are memorized. 

Entering a parking space when using Academy vehicle for parking.


   
 1.  Go slow, get far right and when               safe, signal left.
     2.  Stop, when safe, coast at 0 to 1               mph and then turn wheel 1.5                   turns left.
     3.  Turn wheel to the right in order to             stop centered in your parking                   space.
     4.  Aim wheels straight ahead.
     5.  Put parking brake on and                         transmission in Park. 


Exiting a parking space when using Academy vehicle for parking. 


     1.  When safe, put in reverse and                 when safe, back
     2.  Stop when told to do so, when                 directed turn wheel full left then stop vehicle at 45 degree angle. 
     3.  Put in drive and when safe, coast             at 0 to 1mph and then steer into               your lane.


Three Point Turn when using Academy vehicle for three point turn training. 


     1.  Go slow, get far right, when safe               signal left and stop.
     2.  When safe, remove some brake               pressure, coast, and turn full left and stop before any part of vehicle goes off the road. 
     3.  Put in reverse, when safe, coast               with partial brake pressure on, turn           wheel full right as fast as you                   can, stop when told.
     4   Put in drive, when safe, remove               some brake pressure,  coast while           turning wheel left as fast as you can and steer into your lane.  


Note:  "Stop," means "stop when I (Joda Collins) tell you to stop. "Coasting," is always at 0 to 1mph, accomplished by keeping some brake pressure on.

There is more to entering and exiting a parking space than what is noted above, but the additional information is easily incorporated into the steps above once the steps above are memorized. 

We offer a free written Memory Course that, upon completing, most student drivers have memorized the parking procedures.  That free Memory Course is found at 
http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/driving-skills-memory-work/paperback/product-20127983.html 

If you want to use this Memory training and need more direction to do so, just ask!
     
For student-drivers that have completed the Driving Skills Memory Workbook and turned in the completed written work to us (as evidence of completion of the Memory Workbook) and still find they cannot memorize the steps for parking, w
e set you down at a table and quote each step to you one and you restate them.  We do this for one hour. So far, everyone who thought they could not memorize, did.  

Every driver that has secured a driver's license in the State of Florida has memorized steps for parking and a three-point-turn.  You can do it, too. 

Even if the vehicle that the driver will use for the State test is not available for use for training, I still prefer to use the Client's or Student-drivers personal vehicle instead of my vehicle for parking and three point turn training.  That is because I do not allow my vehicle have the steering wheel turned while the vehicle is stationary.  It is very hard on the power steering over a long period of time.  It will not hurt power steering if done a few hundred times, but can damage the power steering when done a few thousand times as it is when done in a vehicle use for training every day.   

If you have any remaining questions, just ask! 


SECTION TWO
MAXIMUM INSURANCE LIMIT

What happens your  liability exceeds your car insurance?  Any judgment against you for a crash in your vehicle which is the drivers fault and has  judgments in excess of your insurance maximum coverage comes out of your existing estate and future earnings. 

If you are poor and have nothing including the assumed lack of ability to make a future good living, you will probably not be sued. If you have anything now (house, land, property, boat, motorhome, savings, retirement, etc) you may lose all or part of it. If your estate is insufficient to cover the judgement and you are deemed capable of making a living beyond your  basic needs, expect your future earning to be garnashed until the judgement/debt is paid in full.

Any half-way decent lawyer can uncover (discover)  all of your assets with very little effort.  Do you really want to put everything you own or will ever own or  earn into the hands of the driver I am training now, at his or her current driving skill level?
https://www.insure.com/car-insurance/car-insurance-limits-exceeded.html


         SECTION THREE
         SAVING MONEY!


The savings noted are average minimum savings for the average student-driver.

A.  MEMORIZE
Memorize the following 10-words in consecutive order before the start of your initial driving session, "Ahead, Behind, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Ahead, Behind, Mirror, Shoulder, Move."  Save $30.00 (not $30 off, but $30 less).

B.  MEMORIZE
Memorize the steps (procedure) for parking and three-point-turn on your own time. Save $150.00.  (Not $150 off but $150 less.)  See www.JodaCollins.com , Agreement page, Section One for those steps.

C.  WORKBOOK
Read 15-pages of the study Workbook in preparation for your initial training session.  That workbook is attached to your first email from us. Or, you can put a $20 deposit on a used but in good condition paperback copy of the workbook and secure it from Mr. Collins.  Return the workbook in good condition and not written in by you (normal wear from considerate use is acceptable) and get the $20 back immediately.  Or, you can order the workbook on line at 
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/jodacollins . 
It is the first or second book on that page and easily recognizable. Questions? Just ask.

D.  Read for a devoted three to four hours from the study workbook in preparation for each lesson beginning with lesson two and turn in the self-study written work, unsolicited, at the start of each lesson. Save 30% to 50% of your tuition expense (not 30% to 50% off, but  30% go 50% less) because you will progress up to twice as fast and at up to half the expense compared to those who do not do the reading or written work.

Learning to drive safely is 10% physical ability, 40% behind the wheel training and 50% mental.  For example, if I gave an elementary school student a copy of the times tables on Monday and said we would study the times tables on Friday and I would charge the student's parents $1.68 per minute for every minute it took me on Friday to teach the times tables and between Monday and Friday the child spent eight hours memorizing the times tables, on Friday I would ask the child a dozen or so times tables questions such as what is 3 times 3, 6 times 4, 7  times 9 and so on.  If the child got every answer right I would know in  about a minute or so if the child had learned the times tables.  If so, I would charge the student's parents about $2.00.  However, if the student waited until Friday to study the times table with me as the teacher and it took him or her eight classroom hours to learn the times tables, the charge tot the parent would be $1.68 times 60 minutes times eight hours = $806.00.  The savings for the first child is $804 ($806 minus $2).  That is not $804 off, but it is $804 saved.  

That is the way it is with driver's training. If you want me to explain during paid driving time the meaning and application of the 45 most common traffic laws, the meaning and application 10 most common traffic signs, the meaning and application of the 12 general safety skill and the meaning and application of the 23 defensive driving techniques, I can do that at a cost to you of several hundred or several thousand dollars (depending on your listening skills and learning speed).  Or, you can learn them for free by reading the assigned homework. 

The only reason I offer this savings opportunity is for the students who could not otherwise afford driver's training. However, if you can afford driver's training but want to invest half as much for twice the learning,  you can do self-study also.

Thankfully, only a few use this option, otherwise, I could not afford to offer it.  Only about 10% of students who can afford driver's training avail themselves to this savings opportunity.  Only about  15% of students who cannot afford driver's training are willing to do this extra work.  That is their decision. My conscience is clear. I made it possible for them to learn to drive for up to 70% less with this and other money saving offers. If they don't want them, that is not my fault. "You can lead a horse to water, but  you cannot make him drink." 

Those who do not avail themselves to this FREE learning often say they learn by doing and not by reading. However, they never tell any other teacher that. For example, how many times does a person have to negotiate a four-way stop without instructions on the rules for a four way stop before they learn the rules of a four-way stop.  My estimate is about 100 times at a behind the wheel expense of hundred of dollars  How many times must a driver read the rules to four way stop before the driver knows the rules to a four way stop? My estimate is about four times at a cost of zero dollars. 

When a student is learning from me in the car, all I am doing is telling the student what is in the workbook, but charging by the minute to do so.  Use your behind the wheel time learning how to apply what you learned by reading, not listening to 266 pages of reading material given to you verbally in addition to applying what you learned by listening. 

Sometimes a student tells me they cannot do the homework because they cannot read.  Most students who cannot read, can listen to someone else read it.  If you do not have some one to read it to you, let me know and I will pay my secretary to read it to you and charge you nothing.  Just call  or email for details.

E. Request and read carefully the offered written email PROGRESS REPORT between each lesson.

F.  Follow directions during training and learn by doing rather than ask "why" before  you will follow directions. Save $1.68 per minute for each minute Mr. Collins invests to answer your why question before you will follow his direction.  (Not $1.68 per minute off, but $1.68 per minute less.)  Once you follow the direction, you will experience why. 

G. Shuffle steering slows training. If you want to know the details of why shuffle steering slows training (and adds training lessons), just ask. 
https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/just-say-no-to-shuffle-steering/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ArlcIqmOg (Hand-over-hand steering)

​https://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/2748533/Bad-and-unnatural-steering-practices.html

There is no such thing as a perfect steering method. Every method has positives and negatives.  You must determine which positives and negatives you are willing to live with.  I teach the 10 and 2 hand over hand method because I think the positives of this method outweigh the negatives.  In all other forms of steering I think the negatives outweigh the positives.  If you are devoted to a form of steering other than 10 and 2 hand over hand, let me know and we will honor your wishes. Just let us know.  Otherwise, we teach 10/2 hand-over-hand.

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Behind-the-Wheel Training 

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PARKING AND
THREE-POINT TURN

(Turn-About)


Please read everything in the left column before signing the Working Agreement






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                            SECTION SIX 

                 STANDARD WORKING AGREEMENT PART 

 Also known as the Contract,Terms and Conditions or Service Contract. 10/18

I do not provide contracted service without a Service Contract Agreement; otherwise, I am obligated to everything and others obligated to nothing. Contracts are difficult these days because the average American comprehends written words at a 5th grade level. This Contract is written at a 9th grade level. If you struggle to understand this Contact please call us and make an in office appointment and we will take all the time to you need at no charge to you to clarify this Contract. 

     This is not like most on-line contracts these days where you just ignore the content and sign it.  If you are a Client (financially responsible person), a Student-driver or an individual with a vested interest, please read and understand every word.  We will honor every word of this contract towards you and we are counting on you to honor every word of this contract towards us; otherwise, why have a contract?  Thank you kindly.  Reading this Contract well and understand it completely may avoid a lot of misunderstanding.  Often people assume that I run my business like they would run it if it was their business and then get mad at me when I do not.  I probably do not run my business like you would if this was your business.

     I have grown so very weary of people who do not read this Contract and somehow feel they are exempt from any obligation to me because they signed this contract without reading it. If you are that kind of person, please do not do business with me. Thank you.  If, however, you want to change something in this Contract, just ask. I am open to any conversation about change that does not include my charges.  I cannot charge less and stay in business.  Please do not get upset with us if you do not read this and that failure on your part causes you difficulties. This Contract is blunt. I am not trying to be rude, but it takes fewer words to state the facts alone and a ton of additional words to state the facts with sweet explanations added. This Contract is already long!   However, it is thorough for our mutual benefit.  If you want to get a good overview of this Contact, read every sentence with a dollar sign ($) and/or a percent (%) symbol in it. 

     If you prefer to make an appointment to come to our office to sign this form or have it clarified or presented, just call and make that appointment.  Please set aside one-hour. There is no charge for this service. If you prefer a super short contract, we have one. Just ask for the "No Client/Driver Benefits Contract."  It is a limited liability clause and these sentence:  "One hundred forty five dollars per 75-minute lesson paid in advance of scheduling, paid via money order or cashier's check and includes a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard. No refunds, rescheduling or discounts. No exceptions." 
    If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract from this web page, please feel free to do so or you are invited to ask for a copy of this Contract via email, through the US Postal System, by FAX or come by my office by appointment for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with you to our initial meeting.  After you read this Contact, return an email to jodacollins@aol.com or make a phone call to 850 981-3355 and state you "Accept the Contract." Or, telephone 850 981-3355 and say you "accept the Contract."   After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance, if your appointment is not already scheduled, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson per the request of the Client.  Whatever your decision on how to express your approval of this Contract, just in case, I will have two copies with me at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for me. 
​     I know this is a lot of reading, but the State of Florida forbids any verbal agreements for any matter that might be important enough to create litigation.  Not in an attempt to insult, but to deal with reality, we understand we live in a society were fewer and fewer people can read with comprehension.  According to some researches the average adult today reads at at a fifth grade reading comprehension level.  Thirty years ago, the average American read at a seventh grade level.  This Contract is written at a ninth grade reading level. I cannot simplify it further and keep the necessary technical realities.  If you cannot comprehend this Contract, please let us know and we are happy to graciously and patiently walk you through this info in our office by appointment and in privacy, on the phone or via response to your email.  Please do not wait until the start of your driving session to ask questions about this Contract.  The most important things to know are that nothing is FREE unless it is stated that it is FREE.  Second, we are extending to you a credit account of $30 per lesson for scheduling expense that you are required to pay even if you miss a lesson for a good reason (except if there is a national weather advisory in existence that predicts adverse weather in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties within three hours of your appointment).  
     This Working Agreement (Contract) is written by me (Joda Collins), therefore, all personal references (my, me, I) are a reference to Joda Collins (unless otherwise noted).  "You" may be the "Client" (financially responsible individual) or the Student-driver (if different from the Client).   This Contract was revised on
 November 10, 2018. As a newly revised Contact it may take a few weeks to work out the bugs. If you notice something that should be addressed better or correct, please advise me.  Contracts expire 90-days after most recent paid lesson. 

​     This is a six page document (using 10 point print). It is very long because it contains many words that clarify the reasons why obligations exist.  If you do not care very much why obligation exist, such as why you owe me $30 even if you do not keep your scheduled appointment, read only the blue print.

    If you want a short contract just let us know and will create a contact with no client or driver benefits. It will be a very short contract.

    To help us determine the effectiveness of our advertising may we ask how and or where did you first hear about the Joda Collins Driving Acdy? 

A. Google?                  B. Yellow Pages (YP) on line?             C. Paper copy of phone book?  D.  Internet Search?    E. Referred by the local Driver License Office?   

F. State of Florida Website or phone call to?    G. Word of Mouth (from a friend or neighbor)?


1.   FINANCES: $140 weekdays minus rebate.  $145 Saturday. Non-credit card fee.
A. 
$140 weekdays and $145 on Saturday per 75-minute lesson for the first lesson and includes a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.  If using Visa or MasterCard, please notify us immediately.  Debit cards are not accepted.  Add $10 per lesson if you want to use your own car for over-the-road training (other than parking and three point turn) because the crash rate is higher in a private vehicle compared to Acdy vehicle, the difficulty of training greater, the nerve factor (for me, Joda Collins) increased, the speed generally higher, and the resentment for being told how to drive one's own car usually greater. 


B.  REBATE:  $14 per weekday lesson if no lesson is missed (or rescheduled) if....

If you schedule five more lessons after lesson one, that is lessons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and pay for lessons 2 through 6 at the start of lesson two, and do not miss any lessons for any reason, including a great reason or any combination or number of great reasons except for the existence of a national weather advisory two hours before your lesson start there is an additional $14 per WEEKDAY lesson discount payable at the end of last paid lesson.  There is no rebate for Saturday training.  I increased my prices by $14 per lesson in September 2018 and give it all back as clarified in this paragraph. Before doing this, between 2008 and 2018, I lost more than $27,000.00 in actual cash administration expense for cancelled, missed and/or rescheduled lessons!  (Plus, I lost a lot of time.)   I had to stop that financial hemorrhage and waste of my time. I did that by raising my prices and then giving that money back in the form of a rebate to those who do not miss or reschedule lessons. Lessons missed are not rescheduled. We simply mark the lesson missed and schedule another lesson.  Basis/Logic:  If you miss today you cannot reschedule today for tomorrow. There is no such a thing as yesterday's today.  Example: If you miss your air plane flight today, you cannot reschedule it for tomorrow.  You can only schedule another flight because you missed yours. 


C.  REFUND:  All money paid in advance is fully refundable upon request if....

Under no conditions are funds paid for completed or started lessons refundable.  Stop training if and when progress is unacceptable, when your driving goal is met or for any other reason and get a refund on all prepaid lessons that, otherwise, qualify by contractual agreement for a full refund.  All money paid in advance is fully refundable upon request. 


​D.  RESCHEDULING/SCHEDULING EXPENSE is $30 per lesson even if lesson is missed unless....

I do not reschedule because rescheduling insinuates there is no expense related to the missed lesson, which is not true.  Rather, I schedule, cancel and schedule again.  It costs me $30 to $60 to:       
     1.  Take the incoming call or email. 
     2.  Schedule a lesson on our wall calendar in the main office and on the wall calendars of the Secretaries (who often work from their homes). 
     3.  Manually update our on-line calendar.
     4.  Prepare and send an email of clarification of all details. 
     5.  Protect your scheduled time from others using it even when it cost us money to do so.
     6.  Reserve my time and vehicle for you.  
If you miss a scheduled lesson all of the above is already done and I cannot do it for FREE.
  If you miss the appointment for any other reason than a national weather advisory that predicts adverse weather in Escambia and/or Santa Rosa Counties within three hours of your lesson date/time, there is a minimum $30 charge for that missed lesson.  I will not incur the scheduling and reservation expense for FREE.  If you expect me to do that for FREE, please do not do business with me.  I take strong offense and being expected to work for FREE and/or pay my staff to work for others for FREE.  The $30 fee is not for your driving lesson that you missed but for the scheduling service already rendered to you on credit for that missed lesson.  This $30 expense is included in the charge per lesson and does not magically disappear just because a lesson is canceled or missed.  I do not pay for acts of God against others. An act of God, an oversight, a personal failure or a self-imposed mistake in your life is not my responsibility.  I have enough of those in of my own to pay for.  If I miss the appointment for any other reason than a national weather advisory that predicts adverse weather in Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties within three hours of your lesson date/time, I will pay you $30.00.  Your time and effort is as valuable as mine!  Unlike most driving schools, I do not  increase every person's charge $7 per lesson so I can pay for missed lessons from that profit. If you would rather pay $7 per lesson more and get rid of the $30 fee for missed lessons, that is acceptable with me. Just let me know not later than 24 hours before your lesson date/time.  I never understood the concept of punishing (charging) everyone for others expenses, benefits, mistakes or failures.  Why should the entire class miss recess because one student misbehaves on the playground?


​E.  DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE AND FEE is $1.60 per round trip mile.

Door-to-door fee is about 60% of a round trip taxi and slightly less than a round trip UBER @ $1.60 per round trip mile (no time in traffic fee) from very near Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton, which is about six miles east of Pensacola.  The start location for the first lesson when no door-to-door service is provided is 3804 Garcon Point Road, Milton, FL 32583 (the intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26, Milton).  This is a Shell Gas Station/Circle K/Truck Stop and Restaurant. Park in the lot at either side of the building. Thank you for not parking in the gas bays. Thank you for not parking in the front. Management has asked me to leave the front of the building parking spaces open for those who are in a hurry to enter, buy and leave.  Enter the main front doors and I will be seated alone and to your left.  My photo is at www.JodaCollins.com.  I will send you my cell telephone number via email.


F. PREPAY LIMIT: Clients cannot prepay for lessons that are not scheduled.

I do not accept pre-payment for lessons not on our scheduling calendar.   Those too busy to schedule in advance are usually too busy to take driving lessons, so why take advance payment on lessons that will probably never happen and require a refund?


G.  CONDITIONS FOR CHARGES WITH NO OR LIMITED SERVICE OR BEFORE SERVICE. Give required notice or pay.
     1.  Unlike most driving schools that require a 24 to 48-hour notice, I require only a one-hour notice in weather conditions that are not under a national weather advisory with expected adverse weather in Santa Rosa or Escambia County within three hours of your appointment.  If you do not provide at least a one-hour notice in weather that is not under a national weather advisory and expected to be adverse within three hours of your appointment, you owe 50% of the tuition and scheduling fee plus 50% of the door-to-door charge. 
     2.  If you have door-to-door service and are not at your door to start the lesson, you owe 100% of the door-to-door fee, tuition and scheduling fee.  
     3.  We reserve the right to require advance payment of tuition, scheduling fee and/or the door-to-door fee when providing door-to-door service.


H.  SAVE MONEY (Save hundreds of dollars!)   

To learn how to reduce cut your behind-the-wheel expense in half starting with lesson one, go to:  www.jodacollins.com , Agreement page, Section Three (left column).   You will be glad you did!  Most people do not. I do not know why.  Either they are not interested in paying half price (by training 50% less time) or they think there is no real savings in investigating this offer.  If everyone took advantage of my FREE offers, I could not offer them. However, only a few do. I offer them for those who are strapped for money as a favor.  Please do not tell me you are strapped for money, that I charge too much or you cannot afford training if I give you a chance to learn in half the time saving 50%, and you are uninterested in doing so.  I  think my training and service is worth more than my charge, otherwise I would charge less. A flat coke, some greasy french fries and a hamburger made of soybeans is a meal and will fill a person up just as much as a  filet mignon steak with all the trimmings and a select-superior glass of wine, but there is a difference in quality that is reflected in the difference in charge.  "...you get what you pay for."  Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007).  If you ever feel like you are not getting your monies worth tell me what I need to do to make things better and if I do not or can not do it, just quit and get a refund of any fees paid in advance.  "The training was worth every penny" is a comment I hear over and over. 

I (eye).  FREE.  I (Joda Collins) do six things for free. 
     1.  I produce a progress report after ALMOST every lesson and send it email. 
     2.  When a driver has memorized the steps for parking and three point turn well enough to quote the steps upon request and without hesitation, I teach parking and three point turn for FREE by adding the few minutes it takes to teach it to any paid lesson. 
     3.  I provide information in a workbook for those that want to do self study.  
     4.  I provide help with memorization to those who think they cannot memorize. 
     5.  I respond to emails and answer the telephone for free (me or my staff).  
     6.  Once in a while, I will train a parent, spouse or friend to train another person when very specific conditions are met. 
Everything else I do or my staff does for you costs you money; no exceptions.


J.  EARLY TERMINATION
      1. The Client can terminate this agreement at any time for any reason with at least a six-hour notice and receive 100% of prepaid fees that, otherwise by this Contract, qualify for full refund.  Driver and Client should continue training only if progress meets expectations.   
      2. Joda Collins reserves the right to refuse free or paid services to anyone, for any reason at any time.


K.  SCHEDULING/APPOINTMENTS: Call 850 981-3355 or go to www.JodaCollins.com
L.  Training is Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 8:45pm start time.  Drivers must have permit no less than 90-days to drive after sunset.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO READ BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT.  A license or permit from any State (or a "Universal License" or "Universal Permit") is required to drive.   Do not forget to bring it with you. 

M.  RIDERS. Clients are invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one.
Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training.  This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends.  Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.

N. 
 TWO PM 15-MINUTE BREAK

All lessons that have a 2pm time included takes 1.5 hours (90-minutes) instead of 1.25 hours (75-minutes) at no extra charge.  That extra 15-minutes may be used for teaching or a break.


O.  SCHEDULING IN ADVANCE for more than five lessons is discouraged.

I do not schedule more than the first lesson until after the first lesson is completed.  After the first lesson, I do not recommend scheduling more than five lessons in advance because the chances of missing a lesson and incurring the mandatory $30 Scheduling Service Fee increases the further in the future the lessons are scheduled.  I do not collect for lessons in advance that are scheduled. 


P.  NOTICE/REMINDER OF LESSON DATE/TIME. Did not get?  Call to find out why.

I (Joda Collins) will not assume any responsibility (financial or otherwise) for missing a lesson that you do not contact me about if and when no notice (reminder) is sent email and/or text and/or via voice mail one or two days in advance.  If you do not get a phone call or email one or two days in advance reminding you of every lesson, call 850 981-3355 24/7, or email JodaCollins@aol.com to find out why.


Q.  COURSE ENROLLMENT
R. Driver is enrolled in the _________________________ Course. Sometimes, I provide an estimate of the rate of progress, but I do not guarantee a rate of progress or graduation because there are too many variables that are out of my control to guarantee the future progress of someone else.  


S. Training begins with or verification of basic vehicle control, safe and legal lane changes, safe and legal right and left turns, correction of any driving method or habit that is too dangerous not to correct immediately, safe following distance and safe/slow approach to stopped traffic.  These are the most important driving skills that keep us crash free.  They are priority. And, they are required skills to have in order to secure a driver's license at any driver license office where they require over the road testing. 

T.  VERBAL AGREEMENTS: None. Ever. Get it in writing!
Florida law does not allow verbal agreements between driving schools, drivers and/or clients on matters that may rise to the level of possible litigation.  We have no nor do we honor any verbal agreements, ever --  because everything can qualify for litigation these days!  We do not hold you responsible for any thing we say that follows, "But you said...."  We will not be held captive to anything that begins with "But you said...."   If it is important to you, get it in writing. We do!  If is not in writing, neither one of us said it.  Sociopaths and psychopaths love to start rebuttal sentences with "But, you said...."  Don't do it. If you forget and do it -- run!  Just kidding.  I dislike sociopaths and psychopaths.

U.  LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE. Read all of this Section, please.
V. When in the Joda Collins vehicle, you agree not to hold Joda Collins and the Joda Collins Driving Academy responsible for any physical, emotional or psychological damage, real or imagined, that occurs during training relative to but not limited to any steering, braking or acceleration that is not associated with a crash and said crash must incur, at least, $100 property/vehicle damage regardless of who is driving or who is steering, braking or accelerating. 


W.  When, in a client’s vehicle, the vehicle owner assumes all liability including all liability that is over and above car owners maximum insurance limit.  If you would not ride in roller coaster, do not ride or be in a driver's training vehicle and/or during driver's training; in both cases (roller coaster and during training) you are taking an assumed risk at your own risk. If you use your own car for training, claims exceeding your maximum insurance limit, can be taken from the owner's current estate and future earnings by the action of the court or courts.  This is not my law. This is THE law.

       
X.  ATTACHMENTS TO THIS CONTRACT.  All emails but emails have no authority.
​Every email from us is considered an attachment by date to this contract. If there are any discrepancies between email content and this Working Agreement (Contract), this Contract is the final authority unless specifically stated to the contrary in the email and agreed on by  you, in writing.

Y.  PARKING AND THREE POINT TURN taught upon request and taught FREE if....

Z.  If you want parking and three-point turn training, you must ask for it and tell me when you want it. I will not mention parking and three point turn unless you do; that is your responsibility.

       

AA.  I teach parking and three point turn for FREE under certain conditions. To find those conditions, read carefully www.JodaCollins.com, Agreement page, Section One, Colored Print for details before signing this document.  Ask now if you have any questions about that Section. 

BB.  RIDERS:  Clients are invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one.
CC. Parent, parents, spouse and/or client are welcome, invited and encouraged to ride for lesson one only, unless using a car that is not the Joda Collins Acdy vehicle, then the car owner determines who can and cannot ride during training.  

       

DD.  I prefer, but do not require, the Client (financially responsible person) to ride for lesson one because when we return from the lesson, if the Client does not ride, and the Client asks the driver what he or she thinks of the training, the driver interprets that as, "Did Mr. Collins make you happy."  I would rather spend your financial investment and the training time concentrating on making the driver safer behind the wheel, not happy.  If you do ride, you will get a sermon about not training from the back seat and your assumed risk. Try not to take offense to it. No offense is intended.   Thank you.  I have made the sermon as gentle as I know how but still make the important points.  The crash rate for driving schools with an adult in the back seat is 2.5 higher!

     

EE.  Most driving schools do not allow riders.  I do, for lesson one.  I do not invite riders in my vehicle for lesson two and following for several reasons. If you want to know the reasons, just ask.               

  

FF.  NON-BINDING ESTIMATE OF PROGRESS

If a Client rides during the first lesson I will usually provide a non-binding estimate of how many more lessons I think driver will need to reach whatever driving skill level the driver and/or you (the Client) seeks.  If the Client does not ride for the first lesson, the Client has no way to place a value on each lesson, so an estimate is worth less.  The only way a Client can evaluate the value of my training/teaching is to ride with the driver between each lesson and evaluate the progress.   If training fails to meet your expectations be sure I know what your expectations are, and if I do not immediately meet those expectations, quit training and get a refund of any and all unused funds that qualify, by contractual agreement, for a full refund.


GG. DISABILITIES, CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MEDICATIONS

List and/or circle your physical, mental or emotional disabilities, limitations, difficulties and medications here.  If none, write "None."  Safety First!  

     ADD, ADHD, Bi-polar, Anxiety Disorder, OTHER: 


HH.  EATS AND DRINKS.  None. Ever. Except....

No gum, food, chips, drinks, nuts or such are permitted in the training vehicle for consumption or use during training, except water in a container with a lid or cap.  To learn why beyond any obvious reasons for this go to:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/selective-soft-sound-syndrome/paperback/product-18785296.html

II (eye-eye).  SHOES 

For increased safety, please wear tight fitting shoes such as tennis shoes, rather than flip flops, sandals, high heals, house-shoes, crocs, boots, etc.   

JJ.  RIDERS
Riders (age 12 and over) are invited and welcome on the first driving lesson but (normally) not permitted after lesson one unless special arrangements are made or unless we are using your insured and road-worthy vehicle for training.  This includes parents, spouses, guardians or friends.  Of course, if we are using your car for the training, the car owner determines who can and who cannot ride because the car owner's insurance is responsible up to the insurance limit and the car owner is personally liable for everything over the insurance limit including but not limited to the car owners entire estate and financial holdings. Future earnings may be garnished for a lifetime.

KK.   INSURANCE DISCOUNT
Insurance Discount?  Check with your Insurance provider to see if they give discounts for Florida licensed and insured professional driving school training.


JJ.  COPY OF YOUR PHOTO ID. Provide as soon possible, please. 

Provide a color or black and white photo copy (front only) of your license or permit at the start of the first (or only, if you only take one lesson).  


KK.  SIGNATURES (This cannot be signed on-line/electronically.) 

LL. I (the undersigned) have read and understand this Contract.  If  you are reading this on line, you are not expected to sign this on line; it can not be done. 

       

MM. I accept and commit to the terms, conditions, benefits and responsibilities as outlined in this document as they apply to me.  You can count on me to honor my word because I am a decent and honorable person.

       

NN. Unless otherwise stated in writing and agreed on by all parties, the content of this document takes priority over all other statements, written or verbal. 

       

OO. All other writings and/or statements are ONLY to find a meeting of the minds with concept in line with the document unless otherwise stated and agreed on by all. 

       

PP. This Contract is null and void 90-days from the most recent completed lesson.
       

QQ.  If you have the capacity to copy and reproduce this Contract, you are invited to secure a paper copy of this Contract by copy and reproduce from this web site.  Or, via email, through the US Postal System, FAX or come by my office for it.  Reproduce two copies, sign both and bring both with you to our initial meeting.  Or, you can read it here, return an email to jodacollins.com and state you "Accept the Contract" or telephone 850 981-3355 and say the same thing. After you sign and return the Contract or after you email or telephone your acceptance of the Contact, we are delighted to schedule your driving lesson if it is not already scheduled.  You have to attest to accepting this Contract to confirm your appointment, if your appointment was made before you read and approved this Contract. Whatever your decision on how to approve the Contract, Joda Collins will have two copies with him at the time of our first meeting; one for you and one for him. ​

       

RR.  This is not a contract to use the Joda Collins Driving Acdy vehicle for your personal use including but not limited to taking the State driving exam.  
SS. X___________________________________________ Date________________
Client (Financially Responsible Person)
TT.  XX________________________________________Date________________
UU.  Driver  (If under 18 cannot be held liable for any commitment, but reading this only to know what is expected from him or her and know the commitment of the Client to him or her.)
 
V V.  _____________________________________________ Date________________

W W. Office: 850  981-3355    
www.JodaCollins.com


XX.  TO SCHEDULE A LESSON if you do not have a lesson yet scheduled:

After reading the above Section (Six),

       1.  Scroll up to the top of this page and click on WELCOME in the heading.

       2. From that WELCOME page, select a date and time more than 24 hours from now.

       3. Email JodaCollins@aol.com or call 850 981-3355 with your name, telephone number and appointment date/time request.   

We will contact you with and for further details, usually, within two hours, OR

       4.  Do none of the above and just call 850 981-3355.



     








JODA COLLINS