Driving classes are an important step to becoming a safe, and responsible driver. Gersh Driver Education, which is open to all abilities, is a local and state certified driving program which offers young-adults classroom and behind the wheel driving instruction and are taught by state certified instructors. Gersh Driver Education also offers an extended program with smaller class sizes of between 3 and 12 students. This includes obtaining their permit through actual vehicle training to prepare for their road test.
In addition to the "worry" factor parents have regarding their child's ascent into getting a driver's license, sky-rocketing insurance, gas and maintenance bills, finding and affording a reputable driving school/program that will be most effective in teaching driving safety, all translate into a major economic commitment that teens need to understand is substantial and threatening to the family's security, if he/she were to have an accident. It's not a decision parents or their teen should take lightly or hurriedly.
The Gersh Driver Education Extended Program was specifically designed and is a one-of-a-kind program for people that need that extra learning experience to learn how to drive and ultimately get their driver's license since a traditional driver education program is not designed for the roadblocks and situations that can arise from a student that needs extra attention. Also, the classes are smaller compared to a neuro typical program. No more than 12 students to a classroom vs 36 and no more than 3 students in a car vs 4. Also, class length is 1.5 hours vs 3 hours.
The Gersh Driver Education Extended Program takes their students on a journey across (5) phases of training utilizing a smooth transition from phase to phase. The entire program is (52) weeks.
Tuition is $6,599.00 and billed by phase. ($1,319.80) The (5) phases are as follows and meet once a week.
Preparing for the permit exam: This phase is where the student will prepare to take the permit exam. We
have taken the NYS manual for the permit exam and broke it down into separate, easy to understand sections. This is a structured class once a week and is for (8) Weeks.
Simulator: This is where the student will use a simulator to utilize what they have learned in a practical environment as well as getting used to the mechanics of a vehicle and includes navigating through various courses. There are many scenarios to choose from and the instructor will decide each week which scenario to use. This will also assist the student with both proactive and reactive scenarios. (16) Weeks
Golf Cart: Using a golf cart on an enclosed course, the students will get to use what they have learned in the previous phases. For some, this will be the first time they operate something that physically moves. The closed course will give the student the ability to learn real world situations while preparing for instruction in an actual vehicle. (6) Weeks
Electric Vehicle: The EV is a low-speed vehicle (20-24 mph) that the students will use to get the knowledge they need in a car-like atmosphere on a closed course prior to learning in an actual car on residential streets. The students will work on all aspects of around the town driving. Instruction will include but are not limited to; 3-point turns, parallel parking, and mock road tests. (6) Weeks
Actual Car: This is when the students are now getting instruction in an actual vehicle. The instructor will begin with the driving portion in an open parking lot. When the instructor is confident in their abilities, only then will they drive on the residential streets. (16) Weeks
We have the responsibility of giving our children all they need to be successful, safe and the ultimate green light to take on the privilege of driving. Be a good role model, steer them in the direction to make good choices, put away the cell phone in the car, and be a short-term back seat driver. With practice, time, and patience, hopefully, your family with be taking a road trip soon, with an extra driver on board.
Overview of Extended Program
Moms Navigating Autism Interview
Dr. Victoria Grinman Interview
Adlephi University Documentary
WANT PRIVATE LESSONS?
These driving schools specialize in working with students on the Autism Spectrum. Professional and caring, North Hills Driving School as well as All County Driving School take a more hands-on approach to the sometimes delicate situations that come with driving.
Please call and receive a discount as a Gersh Driver Education Extended Program student.
North Hills Driving School
359 Rt. 111
Smithtown, NY 11787
All County Driving School
535 S.Broadway Suite 216
Hicksville, NY 11801