Goal: Just drive around with the hope of learning by driving without instruction.  We call this the Osmosis Course.  


Some people believe that improving as a driver is solely the result of just driving around until safe driving skills come to or dawn on the driver.  We no longer try to convince people that there is no such thing.  So, we have created a Course for them.


Course Duration:  Until driver does not want to drive around any more.


Graduation Requirements:  None
The date is June 13, 2015. It is 2:30pm.  After eight years in this business and after training almost 1,100 people, it dawned on me today that I have failed to offer an often asked for Course.  There are a lot of people who think learning to drive safely is the result of time behind-the-wheel only.  That, somehow, if they spend enough hours behind-the-wheel tha
t they become safe drivers. 


These folks do not want my training or to hear my instructions. One teenager expressed this Course succinctly.  She told me to "Shut up and let me drive!"  All she wanted is to drive around and have me deliver her from crashing to the best of my ability if was needed to do so.  I have lost a lot of business over the years by turning these drivers away. I will not do that any more.  


This Course is for drivers who only want to drive around and teach themselves.  It costs one-third more because the driver is always dangerous behind-the-wheel and will not progress much or fast.  The safety level will remain much the same (no significant improvement), so I charge more to be in excessive danger all of the time.  In addition, due the high probability of crashing, student-drivers must use their own insured or the Client's insured vehicle for all of this training and sign a waiver of all liability thus assuming all liability for the training.


Here is how it works.  The student-driver drives around aimlessly (no pattern) until driver does not want to drive around any more.  No instruction is provided. 


Charge:  The charge is one-third more due to the excessive and maintained danger level.  There are no discounts for this Course since the danger level starts and stays high. 


I reserve the right to decline service if the danger level too frightening.


Dear Friends,
I am a  man of my word. I read what I sign before I sign it. I assume responsibility for my actions. 

These are real emails sent to clients.  I provide them so future clients and drivers do not have to receive any email like these and, hopefully, I will not have to write any more like these. 

I have enjoyed a positive working relationship with 99% of those I have served. 

I have had a strained working relationship with about 1% of those I have served and worked with.  One-hundred percent of those that I have had a strained working relationship with had three things in common. 


     1.  They did not read the working agreement well.  
     2.  They did not keep their word.  
     3.  They did not assume responsibility for their actions.


If you are not willing to read the Working Agreement carefully, are not willing to keep your word and/or are not a person that assumes responsibility for your actions, please do not employ me. It won't end well because I will hold you responsible for your word, that is, for what you sign.

If you will read the Working Agreement carefully, keep your word and assume responsibility for your actions --WELCOME, WELCOME. I look forward to working for you and with you.

Just for fun, when reading the emails below, try to identify which of the three failures in each case caused the difficulties. 


REAL EMAIL #1


Mr. Collins,
My son will have to cancel his training for now because he does not have the time to do the mandatory reading from the driving Workbook.

My Response:  As noted in the signed Guarantee and as I pointed out verbally, reading the Workbook is not mandatory in order to take behind-the-wheel training. 



REAL EMAIL #2 -  My Response Only:
Dear Mr. Smith (not real name),
You brought up several negative concerns you have about what I am doing and what I expected of you.  Every point you brought up is clearly clarified in the one-page Working Agreement that you signed the day before yesterday.  Your concerns tell me that you did not read the contact.  Please read your copy.  Let me know, after reading your copy, if  you have any lingering concerns.  If you want to change something in the Working Agreement, just ask. I am easy to work with.  The only thing I will not consider changing are my charges.


REAL EMAIL #3 - My Response Only:
Dear Mrs. Jones (not real name),
I, too, am concerned about your Son's extremely low progress in driver's training.  Your implication that his slow progress is my fault is without merit. 
          You are highly motivated for him to learn to drive, but he is not even slightly motivated to learn to drive.  He is taking lessons because you are paying and making him do it.   He made it clear to me in your presence before you and he signed the working agreement and before you paid me any money that he did not want to take driver's training and that he would not work at it.  I made it plain to you at that time that I felt paying for driver's training would be a waste of your money.  
          He tells me that he has an abundance of family and friends who drive him anywhere he wants to go anytime he wants to go for FREE.  He tells me that once he gets his license, he is going to have to pay for his own car, gas, car payments and insurance and those things will necessitate him getting a job.  He does not want a job.  He does NOT want to get his license.  Therefore, he does not want to learn to drive.  If I had people to drive me anywhere I wanted to go, anytime I wanted to go at their expense and if I could live well without working, I (also) would not be motivated to learn to drive, get a license and assume the expense of car payments, insurance and fuel.  Who would?

          I am happy to continue teaching him to the best of my ability, but I cannot assume responsibility for his lack of interest.  It is very hard to teach a person who wants to fail at learning. That is true for everyone. You might want to reconsider enrolling him in training at this time.  If and when he loses his free and convenient rides, he will be interested in learning to drive.  Permit me to once again state that I think you are wasting your money to pay for him to be in driver's training.  He is not learning because he does not want to and that has nothing to do with me. 


REAL EMAIL #4


Mr. Collins,
Do I have to do everything listed in order to have the full money back Guarantee?  It seems like a lot to do.


Dear Mrs. Confused About the Guarantee:
I do not refund money for training already completed any more than the local gas station will refund your previous gas purchase when your fuel gauge reads "Empty."   I do offer a money back guarantee for funds paid in advance for lessons not yet completed or started unless funds are lost due to contractual agreement.  May I ask you where you think you read that I offer a refund of money for lessons already completed?

    Regarding the things you think I am mandating that you do, I have no  mandate for anything any one has to do except pay me for my services. I do not know what mandatory work you are referencing. 


REAL EMAIL #5

Mr. Collins,
Why did you send the Evaluations/Progress Reports to my mother?  I am your adult student and I am the one you should be sending the reports to.
          Why did I have to pay $630 just to learn to pass the State Driving Exam?
          I never liked or agreed with your contract.


Dear Ms. Disgruntled:
I asked you where you wanted all email correspondence sent, including your Evaluations/Progress reports. You provided me with your mother's email address.  That is why she received emails from us. 
      You enrolled in the Defensive Driving Course because you said you wanted to learn to be a good driver. If you only wanted to learn enough to pass the State exam at a minimum skill level, you should have enrolled in the Pass the State Exam ONLY, Course; which was offered to you and suggested by me. You declined it stating you wanted to be enrolled in the Defensive Driving Course and signed the necessary paperwork for your enrollment in the Defensive Driving Course. 
      Why did you sign the contract if you did not like it or agree with it?  The Contract states that I am open to considering changing anything except my prices, if asked to do so.  Why didn't you talk to me about things in the Contract you wanted to change?


REAL EMAIL #6

Dear Mr. Collins, 
My Son came away from the lesson believing he drove well until his evaluation was received. 
          Do you provide instruction to student-drivers in real-time (during the lesson) or is the method of providing an email evaluation after the lesson the method we should expect to continue? 

My Response:
Your Son did do well for a new driver because he was able to accomplish the tasks of learning where the accelerator and brake are and how to use them properly in mild traffic conditions.  However, doing well for a new driver on the first lesson does not  mean he has nothing else to learn.

         I am sure your Son did not tell you that he received no instruction during the behind-the-wheel training. Ask him directly and he will tell you the instruction was constant.  If he takes more lessons and does well with new skills, I will tell him so, but doing well with new skills does not mean there are no more new skills to learn.



REAL EMAIL #7 - My Response Only.
Dear Mrs. Davis (not correct name),
I am sorry that your Son is frustrated because I asked him if he memorized the steps for entering a parking space.  He said he wanted to memorize the steps for parking and three point turn on his own time for free rather than you pay me by the lesson for him to memorize those steps during paid driving time.  According to your request and his and as stated verbally and confirmed by email, today he was scheduled to begin his parking and three point turn training today.  I asked him if he had the chance to memorize the steps.  Why was he upset with me for asking that?


REAL EMAIL #8


Ms. Carmela
Why did you have me write, "No refund for completed lessons" on my check?  What is that about?  What if I am not happy with the training and want all of my money back?


Dear Ms. Refund (not real name),
You asked me about my refund policy. I read it to you word-for-word from the Contract, "There are no refunds for completed lessons."  I got the impression you were not listening well and/or did not understand, so I took a couple of minutes and restated it in expanded form.  Still, it seemed to me that you were not listening and/or did not understand.   So, I had you write on your check, "No refunds for completed lessons."  

        The reason I had you write on your check "No refunds for completed lessons" is that I do not provide refunds for completed lessons any more than you can take your food purchase receipt back to the grocery store and ask for a refund of consumed food or get a refund for a spent tank of gas. 

        You did not seem to hear me when I said "No refunds for completed lessons." You did not seem to understand the words "No refunds for completed lessons" when I pointed those words out to you on your contact.  I had you write "No refund for completed lessons" on your check in your handwriting so if you asked for a refund of completed lessons, I would win if you took me to court for a refund of completed lessons.



REAL EMAIL #9
Why did you accuse my son of being and angry person?


My Response:
I did not accuse your son of anything.  

When I instructed your son to drive within the speed limit, he got mad at me and told me that people were tailgating him and forcing him to drive beyond the speed limit.  When I instructed your son not to enter turns so fast and not to brake abruptly in turns, he got mad at me and told me he was does not like to stay in intersections any longer than necessary because intersections are dangerous and driving fast through them, even in turns is safer.   When traffic was slow in front of him, he got mad at the drivers ahead of him and began to curse them.  When traffic lights turned red and he was required to stop, he got angry at the traffic light.  He was angry about something all of the time.

I did not tell him he was an angry person. I told him it was not wise drive when angry.  There is a difference. I do not know if he is an angry person. I do know he was angry for the entire driving session.



REAL EMAIL #10

Mr. Collins,

My wife is just about finished with her four lessons.  She has kept her homework current and will through lesson four.  When do I get my 50% rebate?


Mr. Doe,

The paperwork you signed states that "student-drivers who do the homework completely and faithfully usually progress about twice as fast through drivers training and therefore at about half the expense of the expense compared to drivers who do not do any homework."   The Agreement does not state that drivers who keep their homework current get a  50% rebate.  I do not refund any money for completed lessons nor refund 50% of the tuition to drivers who progress faster and at less expense through training because of the FREE self study material I provide.


PostScript:  Dear Friend,  Do you see why we do not have nor honor any verbal agreements, ever!?   Some people struggle greatly with understanding words.  Some people are just manipulators. In either case, imagine if we were held hostage by anything that followed, "But you said...."  Those who get confused by words and those who manipulate would put us out of business in six months.



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                  COURSE #3
Pass the Florida State Driving Exam 
(only) Training

Remove points from your driving record and the Drug and Alcohol Course.

The on line courses that follow are not part of our services. We simply recommend these sites as excellent places to secure your on-line training. Click on the appropriate icon. They are easy to navigate and easy to understand the step by step directions.

To remove points from your record, click on either one of the I DRIVE SAFELY icons below and follow the step by step directions.


PRE-DRIVING COURSES

Goal:  Pass the State Driving Exam ONLY and delete from training all safe-driving skills that are not required to pass the State driving exam.  The State diving exam is different at every driver license office and often changes due to current fears surrounding Covid19 and its variants. Tell me what driver license office you are using for your exam and I will tell you the current requirements of that driver license office.

Course Duration:  After the first lesson I can usually  give you a reasonably accurate estimate of how many more lessons, if any, you will need to pass the State driver license exam at your selected driver license office.


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.


Prerequisite Course:  Course #2, Basic Vehicle Control Course.



               COURSE 4
    GENERAL SAFETY COURSE

Teaches 12 General Safety Skills that permit the driver to be reasonably safe among other reasonably safe drivers. A reasonably safe driver is one that keeps the rules of the road.


Course Duration:  After the first lesson I can usually  give you a reasonably accurate estimate of how many more lessons, if any, you will need to pass the State driver license exam at your selected driver license office.

Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.


Prerequisite Course: Course #2, Basic Veihicle Control Course.




              COURSE 5
DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

Teaches the 12 General Safety Skills plus 23 Defensive Driving Techniques which permits the driver to be reasonably safe among all drivers including those who are crash prone drivers. A crash prone driver is defined as a driver who does not keep nor honor the rules of the road.


Course Duration:  After the first lesson I can usually  give you a reasonably accurate estimate of how many more lessons, if any, you will need to pass the State driver license exam at your selected driver license office.


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.


Prerequisite Course: Course #2, Basic Vehicle Control Course and Course #4, General Safety Course.


        The Osmosis Course.  

        (Just Drive Around)

               COURSE #2
        Basic Vehicle Control Course

 


I (Joda Collins) strongly suggest taking the time to read all available Courses on this Menu BEFORE selecting one.  After you do that you will discover the reasons why.  If you have questions about this Menu, just ask.  The best action is to enroll Student-driver in Course 1, then 2, then 3, then 4, then 5.  The best (most skilled) is also the most time consuming, therefore the most expensive. (It always is).


MENU OF AVAILABLE COURSES.  PLEASE SELECT ONLY ONE (at a time).


              COURSE #1
         Rules of the Road Course




Drug and Alcohol Course
Required to secure driver's permit.


Go to or click on: 
http://teen.idrivesafely.com/Florida/?COUPON=J0DADA​

Traffic Law and Substance Abuse and Education





REAL EMAILS

Variable Skills Course/Training

In the Variable Skills Course you tell us what skill level you desire and we tell you, after the first lesson, how many more lessons it will take to reach that driving skill level.  Just fill in the blanks below:


1. At what driving speed do you want the driver reasonably safe?  Note any speed between 15mph and 70mph. _____


2.  In what speed zones do you want the driver reasonably safe?

    Note one:  15mph zones only.  

                    Up to 30mph zones (residential) only.

                    Up to 35mph zones (city) only. 

                    Up to 45mph zones only. 

                    Up to 55mph zones only or 

                    In all speed zones including Interstate . 


3.  Among what drivers do you want the driver reasonably safe?  

List one:  Excellent Drivers Only.  

              Good and Excellent Drivers Only.  

              All Drivers including Crash Prone Drivers.


4.  In what weather conditions do you want the driver reasonable safe?  

List one:   Good Weather Only.  

               Good Weather and Mildly Adverse Weather (some wind/rain).  

               All weather including adverse weather (lots of wind and rain). 


5.  In what traffic conditions do you want the driver reasonably safe?  List one:  Mild Traffic Only.  

               Mild and Moderate Traffic Only.  

               All traffic conditions including congested traffic conditions.


6.  In what driving environments do you want driver reasonably safe?  List one:  Memorized areas only.  

               Memorized and well-known areas only.  

               All areas including driving areas that are completely new to the driver. 


7.  At what times do you want the driver reasonably safe?

List one:  Daylight hours only

              At all times, including daylight and dark.               


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.


Prerequisite Course:  None


Goal:  Good control of steering, brakes and accelerator in non-traffic conditions at speeds of up to 25mph. (General Safety Score of no less than 90 points.)  Since poor steering is the  number one cause of crashes in driver's training vehicles, an emphasis is placed on proper hand-over-hand steering and allowing the wheel to slide through a driver's hands to complete standard right and left turns.


Course Duration: Most drivers complete this training in one 75-minute driving session. 


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.



Goal:  Driver opts to learn the rules of the road, the meaning of pavement markings, and signs and signals by Mr. Collins driving around and having Mr. Collins point out these things and explain them during paid driving time.  If the student-driver has done his or her best to understand the basic rules of the road, meaning of pavement markings, and signs and signals before entering is Course less time and money will be invested in this over-the-road training.


Course Duration:  The training ends when the driver feels he or she knows as much about the rules of the road, etc. as he or she desires.


FREE: Written materials that explain the rules of the road, etc are provided FREE upon request. 


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.

Behind-the-Wheel Training 


JODA COLLINS

All Pre-driving study is from books and/or viewing training material on the internet.  Every Pre-driving Course is FREE to anyone, including the training material. However, all of this training can be accomplished behind-the-wheel if a client is willing to pay for pre-driving training provided during behind-the-wheel training.

All Course study material is found in one book.  

Click on:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/book-1-foundations-for-safedefensive-driving/paperback/product-20250325.html

Course 1
Introduction to Safe-Defensive Driving

Course 2
Driving Skills Memory Work

Course 3
Pass the State Written Exam ONLY, Part One.


Course 4
Pass the State Driving Exam ONLY


Course 5
On-Line Video Defensive Driving Courses

Course 6

Fundamentals of Defensive Driving 

Course 7 
Rules of the Road
(This Course can be taught behind-the-wheel or from printed material.)


               TIME ONLY COURSE
Some insurance companies require only X number of minutes or hours of behind-the-wheel instruction to qualify for their insurance discount.  You find out from your insurance company what they require and we create a time only course to comply.  Our minimum time only course is 15-minutes of behind the wheel training. You must tell us what  you want taught.  If the time runs out before we complete the teaching of the skill or skills you want taught, we will stop the training at the time limit your insurance company specified. If you do not or do not want to provide the training you want taught, we will teach safe lane changes. In most cases we can teach safe lane changes in 15- minutes. Some students can and some cannot learn safe lane changes in 15-minutes. 


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.

Prerequisite Course:  None



In all the Courses above, unless otherwise directed, Mr. Collins trains the driver in the skills in the order that he (Joda Collins) selects.  If one of the above Course is not selected by the Client then Mr. Collins DOES not select the skill or skills for each lesson. That decision is the responsibility of the Client alone.  There are good reasons for this which he will share upon request.




      CLIENT'S CHOICE COURSE
In this Course the Client tells Mr. Collins before the start of each lesson what driving skills the Client wants the Student-driver to receive training for/in. Mr. Collins may make suggestions or recommendations but he will not impose his suggestions on the Client or Student-driver unless the request poses unusually danger to the Student-driver. For example, if a Student-driver is not able to keep the vehicle in his lane at speeds in excess of 25mph and the Client asks Mr. Collins to teach the Student-driver to drive on the Interstate, that request will be denied because attempting that is too dangerous.


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.

Prerequisite Course:  None




 STUDENT-DRIVERS CHOICE

When there is not an agreement between the Client (financially responsible adult) and the Student-driver about what Course of training to take, in most cases, Student-drivers never graduate a Course of Study that is more difficult than the Student-driver is motivated to graduate; rather, such student-drivers give about 20% to 25% of their energy and effort to task. This increases the time it takes for the driver to graduate the Course by four of five times the time and four or five times the financial investment.  In the instances, where the Client does not want to invest four or five times the money, it is allow the Student-driver to select the Course of Study.  The Student-driver selects any Course of Study and informs the Client, and the Client informs Mr. Collins and/or the Joda Collins Driving Academy of the Student-drivers Course of Study and the Client adopts that Course of Study as the Client's choice. Why?   Because it is really hard to teach a Student-driver things the Student-driver does not want to learn.  Hint:  More than 70% of teenage student drivers with a permit only want to learn to drive well-enough to pass their State Driving Exam but will say they want to be a safe-driver and/or a defensive driver because they are embarassed to admit they are not really interested in becoming a safe or defensive driver but only interested in getting their driver license.




      NEEDS ONLY COURSE

Mr. Collins make a list of the (1) poor driving habits the driver has that need to be changed and the good driving skills that need to replace his or her poor driving habits, (2) the traffic laws the driver is violating on a regular basis, (3) the driving skills and techniques the driver needs to develop in order to become a safe and/or defensive driver.  Little to no training is provided.  That list is given to the Client for the Client for someone else to do the in-car/behind the wheel training. The amount of driving time varies however, usually two or three lessons are all that is needed. 


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.

Prerequisite Course:  None




       EMERGENCY SKILLS

Emergency Procedures taught if requested. While emergency skills are not part of any driving Course, any Client can add them to a drivers list of skills to be taught or select this Course only to for the Student-driver.  The reason why I (Joda Collins) do not teach these skills without permission is it takes quite a bit of time to teach all of these skills. More than one Client expressed concern over the expense (time it took) to teach all of these skills, so I removed them from any other course and teach them only if requested.
     A.  Driving off road by mistake or plan.
     B.  Tire blow-out
     C.  Skid recovery
     D.  Emergency braking in car with and/or without anti-lock                  brakes.
     E.  How to handle warning lights on dash board.
     F.   How to deal with brake failure.
     G.  How to deal with sudden loss of headlights.


Charge:  $126 to $156 per 75-minute lesson depending on earned rebates and/or discounts.

Prerequisite Course:  None



          COMFORT CLASS

     com·fort·a·ble
     /ˈkəmfərdəb(ə)l/
     adjective
          1.a feeling of physical ease and relaxation. 


We do not offer a Comfort Class.  This is too subjective a goal to measure because comfort is a physical feeling and we do have a physical feeling class, sometimes the driver that feel the most comfortable are drivers are those that are oblivious to the dangers of driving, sometimes no matter how skilled we make a driver said driver is never comfortable while driving for one or more reasons that has noting to do with us, learning safe driving skills will make a driver safer but often make a driver less comfortable behind the wheel, as applying driving skills on a constant basis in ever-changing traffic conditions is not conducive to comfort although it is conducive to safety.  Some drivers find comfort in becoming a safe-driver in every changing traffic conditions, while other drivers find attempting to apply safe-driving skills in every changing traffic conditions a bit nerve-racking and less than comfortable. 

Words can be tricky.  We really do not have a driving course designed to make a driver comfortable.  What most people mean by "comfortable" is "confident".  Driving skill makes a driver more confident, is not guaranteed to provide a condition of physical ease and relaxation.  


The only reason we mention this is because we have had several students who enrolled thinking they would find comfort in drivers training who became better-skilled (safer drivers) but after learning the things needed to drive crash free among safe drivers came to the awareness of how dangerous driving can be and how one mistake can cost much or everything; that knowledge made them uncomfortable, thus deemed the driver's training a failure. 


It is important to make the distinction between a comfortable driver and a skilled-confident driver. 

Again, most people mean "confident-skilled" not "comfortable". If that is what you and your son are seeking, then the General Safety Course is the right choice as it focuses on driving skill with the hopes that a confident driver will find comfort in knowing he or she is a safer driver.  Unless otherwise informed we will assume the goal is a skilled/safe driver with the hopes that becoming a skilled-safe driver will provide to the driver a sence of ease and comfort. 


THE END

INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION

Please select the Course of study from the menu below the Introductory Information.  We cannot serve a Client or a Student-driver if we do not know the Client's training goal or goals.  It is very important that the Student-driver and the Client have agreement on which Course the Student-driver is enrolled in because it is very hard to train a driver in a Course of study the driver rejects. There is a lot of read below before selecting a Course.  It is not required, but it is wise to read the introductory information carefully before selecting a Course of Study.  Most Client's and Student-divers that skip the Introduction run in to difficulties later on that would have been easily avoided if the Client and the Student-driver would have read this Introductory information carefully before selecting a Course of Study.


The number of words in this section are no more than the words needed to make these important points verbally. The word count seems larger because it is in print.


No driving school can promise crash-free or citation-free driving; however, the better-trained a driver is the more likely the driver will drive crash-free and citation-free. 

FREE
Every driver has access to  some FREE service and materials. See the FREE page of this web site for details. 

"Most drivers," as used in this column of information, means a driver of, at least, average IQ, one who is motivated to learn, speaks English as his/her first language, is accustomed to the driving patterns of America, has no learning disability, is willing to spend three to four-hours of self study in preparation for each driving lesson beginning with lesson two and will memorize the following ten words in consecutive order before the start of lesson one -- "ahead, behind, mirror, shoulder, signal, ahead, behind, mirror, shoulder, move."  

HOMEWORK
Every driver is offered the option of doing homework (self-study) which always decreases the amount of time required behind-the-wheel to reach his or her driving goal(s).   However, homework is an OPTION and not required. Homework is three to four hours of devoted study in preparation for each driving lesson starting with lesson two.

     The location for the study workbook is: http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/joda-collins-driving-academy-course-workbook/paperback/product-22706126.html​


EXTRA OPTIONAL WORK BEFORE BEHIND-THE-WHEEL TRAINING
Is the completion of the six "pre-driving courses" required before a driver can sign up for a behind the wheel course?  Answer:  No. Any driver can sign up for any Course with or without doing any of the Pre-Driving Courses.  However, all of the Pre-driving Courses, including the Internet training for pre or new-drivers are FREE.  Going through that training provides a strong foundation for behind-the-wheel training. Those that do the pre-driver's training work ALWAYS progress faster behind-the-wheel; some up twice as fast and half the expense..  To take advantage of the FREE pre-driving, new-driving Courses and Internet training go to:
 http://www.lulu.com/shop/joda-collins/book-1-pre-driving-courses/paperback/product-20122797.html.  

ESTIMATE OF PROGRESS
At the end of the first driving session I will tell you how many more driving sessions, if any,  I think it will take for you to reach your driving goal.  There are two estimates.  The first is for those who keep 100% of the assigned homework current 100% of time and turn it in on time 100% of the time.


The second number is for drivers who do not keep 100% of the assigned homework current 100% of the time and turn it in 100% of the time.  That number will be 60% of the first number and rounded to the next full lesson.  One becomes two, two becomes four, three becomes five, four becomes seven and so on.  This is the estimate for drivers who do NO self study. Drivers who do some self study should complete their desired training in the number of lessons between the two offered.

CHARGES (Non Credit Card)
Driving sessions are 75-minutes @ $140 per driving session (tuition).  Includes a 10% discount for not  using Visa or MasterCard Credit Card. 

CHARGES (Visa or MasterCard Credit Card. No debit cards accepted at this time). 
Driving sessions paid by Visa or MasterCard Credit Card are $155.55 per lesson. 

DISCOUNTS
Discounts are:

A.  $5 per lesson for weekday lessons rather than Saturday lessons.

B.  $4 total for two pre-scheduled lessons paid for at one time if paid at the start of lesson one.

C.  $9 total for three pre-scheduled lessons if paid for not later than the start of lesson two if paid for by the start of lesson two.  Except for B above, a lesson is considered pre-scheduled if on our scheduling calendar not later than 7pm the night prior to lesson two. 

D. $16 for four pre-scheduled if lessons paid for at one time if paid for by the start of lesson two.  Except for B above, a lesson is considered pre-scheduled if on our scheduling calendar not later than 7pm the night prior to lesson two. 

D.  $70 for five prescheduled lessons if lessons are paid for not later than the start of lesson two. Except for B above, a lesson is considered pre-scheduled if on our scheduling calendar not later than 7pm the night prior to lesson two. 

E.  $14 per lesson times the number of lessons for six or more pre-scheduled lessons paid for not later than the start of lesson two.  Except for B above, a lesson is considered pre-scheduled if on our scheduling calendar not later than 7pm the night prior to lesson two. All discounts are subtracted from the last paid lesson not all lessons equally.  


I do not accept payment for lessons that are not on my scheduling calendar by 7pm the night prior to payment. 


DO WE ENROLL A DRIVER IN MORE THAN ONE COURSE AS THE SAME TIME?
We do not enroll a student in more than one course at a time.  We have reproduced a real email sent to a prospective client to best explain why we do not enroll a student-driver in more than one course at a time. 


It reads: 

I want my daughter to be comfortable driving in traffic and pass the State driving exam. 


Our response to that email was:

We do not enroll a students in two courses at the same time just like a math student cannot be enrolled in algerbra and calculaus in the same classroom taught at the same time.  The material taught in each class is often much different. 

We can enroll her in:
1. The Pass the State Exam ONLY Course.
or...
2. The General Safety Course.
The Pass the State Exam ONLY Course is specialized to the test as it is given at the W. Street driver license office if you live in Escambia County or the Gulf Breeze Driver license office if you life in Santa Rosa County (unless otherwise directed).
There are benefits and liabilities / pros and cons to selection one Course over the other.  It all depends on personal preferences which are effected by the drivers skill level at the start of training, the drivers rate of learning, finances, time availability, if driver does self study and memory work on his own time for free or does all learning and memory work during paid driving time and more.....  There is no one size fits all formula.  

Our suggestion is always to enroll in the Pass the State Driving Exam ONLY Course to start with. That way if driver loses motivation later on or if time or funds run out at least the driver can secure a driver's license.  The negative to this decision is that if the driver quits or is not able to continue in training (General Safety Course), he or she will have a driver license, but may not be safe.  It is a lot easier to pass the State exam than it is to drive safely in every changing traffic conditions.

If a driver opts for the General Safety Course, which is a focus on driving in traffic, and the driver quits or is not able to continue in training, there is a chance the driver will be reasonably safe in traffic but not pass the State driving exam.  Some of the State exam has nothing to do with driving in traffic the degree to which is subject greatly to where the State exam is taken.  There are a lot of variables. 

Do you want your daughter enrolled in Pass the State Driving Exam ONLY Course or the General Safety Course?

Sometimes the answer to that question is "both". In those instances since we cannot do both at one time we enroll the driver in the Pass the State Exam ONLY Course and move the driver into the General Safety Course when the driver has only the minimum skills need to pass the State exam at is it typically given; that is, unless otherwise directed.
 
We are here to serve you in accord with your wishes.  However, Mr. Collins need a clear understanding of how you want your daughter's time and your money invested in this important endeavor.  If he knows what you want her to do, is really good a doing it. Thank you for carefully considering the following question:

Does your daughter want to be enrolled in Pass the State Driving Exam ONLY Course or the General Safety Course?