JODA COLLINS

Behind-the-Wheel Training 

850  981-3355

DRIVING ACADEMY


If  you call or email us and ask the following questions, these are the answers you will probably receive.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The charge for training ranges between $126 and $140 per 75-minute driving lesson depending on if the training is on a weekday or a Saturday and on how many pre-scheduled lessons are paid for by the start of lesson two.  $126 to $140 also includes a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.

WHEN ARE LESSONS?
Mr. Collins teaches behind-the-wheel lessons Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 10pm.  

HOW LONG DOES IT (THE TRAINING) TAKE?
There are two Course divisions. The first is the time-related course which is a specific number of minutes or hours. This is, usually, to satisfy an Insurance providers requirement for minimum behind-the-wheel training in order to qualify for Insurance discounts. So, that training takes exactly as long as your Insurance provider requires.  The most I've ever know an Insurance provider to require is six hours.  The least is 15-minutes. Every insurance provider sets their own time criteria.

The second kind of training is skill based where you tell us what skill level you want the driver to reach and after the first lesson, Mr. Collins will tell yo how many more lessons, if any, he thinks will be needed to reach your specified driving skill level.  

Do you desire a time-limit Course or skill-level based training?

CAN YOU GIVE ME A BALL PARK FIGURE ON HOW MANY LESSONS MOST DRIVERS REQUIRE JUST TO PASS THE STATE DRIVING EXAM?
Sure.  Once a driver can drive at 25mph and stay in his or her lane and make safe and legal right turns, it takes the average driver one 75-minute driving lesson to pass the State exam at the minimum skill level.  That is $135.00.

HOW MANY LESSONS DOES IT TAKE FOR MOST DRIVERS TO BE SAFE (GOOD) DRIVERS?
After providing driver's training to more than 1,400 new drivers, our records show that the average new driver requires three to five lessons to be a safe driver among other safe drivers and five to seven lessons to become a safe driver among crash-prone drivers.  Of course, that depends on how a person defines average, the driver's listening skill, IQ and personal motivation towards learning.  
     However, at the end of the first lesson, Mr. Collins will tell you how many more lessons, if any, he thinks will be needed to reach your (or the driver's stated goal).  Mr. Collins has provided more than 1,000 such estimates and his estimate has been accurate more than 90% of the time. At the end of the first lesson he will provide that estimate in writing. 
     Would you like to schedule a lesson at this time?

DO YOU PROVIDE DOOR-TO-DOOR PICK UP SERVICE.
Yes, we do charge about 45% of what a taxi charges for door to door service. Give me your zip code and I can give you an estimate that will be within $5 one way or the other of the charge. No door to door service is provided on Saturday.

WHERE DO LESSONS START AND END.
When no door to door service is asked lessons begin at the Intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26 in Milton, which is six miles East of Pensacola. The address is 3804 Garcon Point Road which is less than one-tenth of one mile off of Interstate 10 at Exit 26 in Milton.

THAT (MILTON) IS A LONG WAY FROM PENSACOLA?
It is seven minutes East of Pensacola. Some people consider seven minutes from Pensacola a long way away and others do not.  Milton is a safer driving environment for new drivers to learn to drive compared to Pensacola.  (This statement will be followed by our silence.  Your turn!)

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS
Yes, we accept Visa and MasterCard.  However, we provide a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard because the smaller a business, the larger the percentage that the business pays Visa and MasterCard. In 2016, we charged a little more than $1,700 to Visa and Mastercard and we paid more than $600 in Visa and MasterCard fees.  All the prices we quote are for non-credit card payments and include the 10% discount.

DO YOU PROVIDE LESSONS ON CREDIT OR PROMISE TO PAY LATER?
No.  All lessons must be paid for in advance of training, not later than the start of the training session

DO YOU PROVIDE ANY DISCOUNTS
Yes, we provide between $2 and $9 per lesson discounts depending on how many pre-scheduled lessons are paid for by the start of lesson two.

CAN I SCHEDULE NOW
Yes, what is your best day and time? and I will see if we have that day and time available.

DO YOU ACCEPT CHECKS?
Yes, we accept local checks upon approval.

DO YOU PREFER CHECK OR CASH?
Cash is always good, but if we approve your check, your check is fine.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DRIVING ACADEMY?
Sure. I am happy to do that.  I will give you a brief overview and if there are any remaining questions, you can ask them after.  Is that okay?   We are a small business.  Mr. Collins is our only instructor.  He teaches Tuesdays through Saturdays 10am to 10pm.  Drivers must have a permit or a license in order to drive on public roads or land that is not owned by the driver.  Each lesson comes with 30 pages of reading material. Drivers who read that information carefully progress through training about twice as fast and at half the expense because that is a lot of information Mr. Collins does not have to explain to the driver during their driving time, with the car is setting still.  However, that reading is optional, not mandatory.  Each lesson costs between $126 and $140 depending on how many lessons are taken and if taken on a weekday or a Saturday.  These charges include a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard, although we do take Visa and MasterCard.  
     At the end of the first lesson Mr. Collins will tell you how many more lessons, if any, he thinks the driver (or "you") will need to reach his or her (or "your") driving goal and he provides that estimate as a limited guarantee. If you do not think the driver (or "you") has (or "have") reached your driving goal by the end of the suggested number of lessons, then Mr. Collins adds one lesson and that lesson is tuition-FREE. 
    Unless door to door service is asked for and provided, all lessons begin and end at the Intersection of Interstate 10 at Exit 26 in Milton. This is seven minutes East of Pensacola less than one-tenth of a mile off of Interstate 10.  
     That's about it.  (This will be followed by our silence to give you a chance to ask any questions.)

DO I GET A DISCOUNT FOR....?
We do not give discount prices, because we do not give discounted service and because we already provided a method (homework) by which a driver can progress at about half the normal expense (which we think is generous or part).  In addition, we pass along some, most or all of the savings we incur when a Client pays for more than one pre-scheduled lesson at one time. Doing that saves us administration expense and we pass that administration savings on to the Client.  
     Also, for most lessons, we provide written feedback that allows the Student-driver to think about driving skills and practice specific skills between lessons. Drivers who read those feedback emails and do the assigned work contained in those reports progress about 10% faster and a 10% savings compared to those who do not read those feedback reports.
     We provide a 10% discount for not using Visa or MasterCard.
     We will, upon request, instruct a licensed driver on how to help the Student-driver gain some or all of the driving skills that are scheduled to be taught at the next lesson.
     If more than one student-driver is taking lessons, we allow the second student to ride along with the first and listen and learn about rules of the road and specific safe-defensive driving techniques. 
     We will take your phone call or email and answer any question or questions you have at no charge to you, so you can get your questions answered without taking behind the wheel time to ask those questions.


SAVE MONEY
Dear Friends,

This may be the only time and the only place where you will hear or read about these free benefits. Time is money and the more time we spend trying to convince people to take things from us for FREE the less likely we will be able to offer FREE things.

          None of these FREE or money saving opportunities are guaranteed because we do not know the future.  

          We reserve the right to alter, add or delete any service/offer at any time.  Service value only. No cash value.
          One thing to remember about FREE and money saving offers is that there are, usually, some kind of limitations or restrictions. These FREE offers are no different. We try to be gracious with the limitations, but limits are necessary to keep the less-scrupled from taking advantage of our generosity.  
          Please avail yourself to as many offers for which you qualify.  We are delighted to provide them to you.


In First person ("I", "We" or "Me") is reference to Joda Collins or the Joda Collins Driving Academy.  Any second person reference ("You") is a reference to the Client (financially responsible person) or the Student-driver.


MEMORIZE

You will need to memorize the following as the first thing for your first lesson:

     "Ahead, Behind, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal,

      Ahead, Behind, Mirror, Shoulder, Move." 

You can memorize these words on your own time for FREE before the first lesson or during paid driving time. 

     I am not the least bit adverse to using paid behind-the-wheel time to help any student memorize anything and/or everything. The choice is yours.  Either way works for me. 


MEMORIZE

If parking and three-point turn is part of your training goal you can memorize the steps on your own time for free rather than pay by the minute to memorize the steps during paid driving time. Find the steps on this web site on the Agreement page, section one, colored print.


HAND OVER HAND STEERING

There is no such thing as a perfect steering method. Every steering method has positives and negatives.  You, as the driver, have to determine what list of positives and negatives you prefer.  Unless otherwise directed, I use and teach 10/2 hand-over-hand steering.  You can learn hand-over-hand steering on your own time for FREE if you want to.   

     To learn 10-2 hand-over-hand steering go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3ArlcIqmOg


RULES OF THE ROAD

You can pay by the minute for me to tell you the rules of the road or you can learn them on your own time for FREE.  The best resource for the rules of the road is found in Chapters 4 through 9 of:

https://www.flhsmv.gov/handbooks/englishdriverhandbook.pdf


SELF-STUDY WORKBOOK

Driving schools make more money when the vehicle is setting still and the Instructor is explaining the rules of the road, the meaning of signs, signals and road painting and/or safe-defensive driving skills to the Student-driver.   I wrote a book that clarifies all of these things. Each lesson is designed to cover about 30-pages of that Workbook for the average student.  A student-driver can read the information for FREE on his or her own time in preparation for each driving lesson starting with lesson two,l rather than pay me by the minute to tell you the same things during paid driving time. This means you get more behind-the-wheel training every lesson.

     Most drivers progress up to twice as fast through driver's training and at half the expense when completing the assigned optional homework.  

    To get the most, read the first 10 pages before the start of lesson one.  The workbook is attached to the first email you receive from us. You can by a used but in good condition paperback copy from Mr. Collins at your first meeting with him for $20.00. You can keep it or return it in good condition (normal wear from considerate use acceptable) and get your $20 back at the end of your training. You can order a new copy on line at:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/joda-collins-driving-academy-course-workbook/paperback/product-23227590.html

or

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/jodacollins


EVALUATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS

After most (not all) lessons the Student-driver receives or can receive upon request, an email that has important information that needs to be shared with the Client and/or Student-driver before the next lesson begins. Sharing that information verbally takes about 10-minutes at the start of each lesson to read and clarify to the Student-driver.     

     Drivers who read the information email (Evaluation/Suggestions) between lessons turn that 10-minutes from listening while the car is stationary into driving time. 


AFTER LESSON CONFERENCE WITH CLIENT

Most Clients want a report of progress after each lesson. Driving schools are happy to provide it and the Instructor arrives five or 10-minutes in order to have the time to share with the Client.  However, as stated, most driving schools take that time from the driver's behind-the-wheel training. I do not.  I resolve the Client's need for information one or more of three ways.

   1.  After the lesson, if the Client approaches my vehicle upon arrival (at the end of the lesson) of asks for a brief report after the lesson ends, I will engage in a brief conversation with the Client at my expense and on my time. 

    2.  The email I send or make available upon request after most lessons is designed to provide the information most Client's ask.

    3.  Any Client and/or Student-driver can call 850 981-3355 and ask for any information anytime he or she wants.


LEARN FROM THE INTERNET

When I first started this business (2008) there was very little on the Internet about safe-driving and or defensive-driving skills/techniques.  Now there is a plethora of information!  If you are struggling with something, whether it be steering, braking, rules of the road or anything else, just type in to your search engine,

you tube, anything you want to know 

and you will get a great deal of information.  Learn if for FREE on your own time and use paid behind the wheel time for practicing what you learned.  Save money!

    If you need any help finding anything on the Internet for your behind-the-wheel progress, let us know and we will find it for you and email you the link.  

    DISCLAIMER:  Not everything on the Internet is good, some is contradictory to other Internet sites and some is contradictory to what I teach. Thank you for not challenging anything I am teaching you by introducing contradictory methods with the words, "But, I saw on the Internet...."  

RECOMMENDATIONS:  

Until February 9, 2016, I kept five or six recent/current/new recommendations on this page. However, I have now been in business for more than nine years and trained more than 1,400 drivers, covering 6,000 lessons and over 8,000 hours of training and more than 150,000 miles. I no longer invest the time to keep current recommendations on this page. 

     Besides that, most recommendations on most web sites list only a first name and city, followed by some glowing positive words.  No one checks the validity of those recommendations.  I do excellent work and am always in the process of teaching new students who are the younger siblings of previous students. Returning parents with more sons and daughters to each is an ongoing testimony of recommendations.  If you require some personal testimonies, let me know and I will give you as many as you want. 

I have increased my prices only one (1) percent since September 2009.  I have reduced administrative expense and limited some FREE benefits in order to keep my prices as low as possible.  This Recommendation Section takes time and administrative expense to maintain.  Rather than increase my prices to cover this expense, I deleted the Recommendation Section of this page.  

After serving more than 4,000 people (1,400 drivers and more than 2,400 clients (which is the financially responsible person and/or the parent or parents) I can tell you that, to the best of my knowledge, there are eight people who do not like me.  No one can please everyone! 

By any criteria, 3,992 happy people out of 4,000 served is a great service record. 

Let me serve you.  I do a superior job of training and believe in providing a dramatically high level of customer service. 

I will treat you like my father or mother if you are 20-years or more older than me, like my sibling if you are near my age, like my own child or grand child if you are 20-years younger than I am. 


I promise my best efforts on your behalf and I will treat you with great consideration and the highest respect.

Here is my mindset.  If you are ever unhappy about anything, let me know and I will do everything in my power to make you happy. The only things I will not consider are reducing my prices, because my service is worth every penny and more.    

Sincerely,
Joda Collins

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