Drivers Ed FAQ
What should I bring to class with me?
- Permit, notepad and pencil. All other class materials will be provided.
- A copy of the permit on the first day of class.
Who is eligible?
The program is open to all public, private, and parochial high school students and all abilities ages 16 and up.
How does scheduling work?
Scheduling is done on a first-come-first-serve basis. Early registration results in a choice of schedule. Scheduling with friends can be a plus but is not guaranteed. However, we will try to accommodate if possible. Please know that car and lecture assignments are subject to change, but will remain within the times selected.
How will the course prepare me?
GERSH DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM will teach the student the correct way to drive so they have a better chance of passing their road test on the first try. Although there are many reasons why a person may fail a road test, one of the most common is acquiring bad habits. Remember, to pass a road test, you must drive like a new driver.
QUALITY OF EDUCATION: In this day and age, it is extremely important to know your vehicle and how to react to a situation that may arise while driving. Knowing the rules and regulations of the road and learning how to drive defensively and offensively may save your life (and that of others) and help to prevent damage to your car.
JUNIOR & SENIOR LICENSING: Taking the driver education will allow your child to achieve a junior license at the age of 16 and a senior license at the age of 17. Without a driver education program, your child cannot receive a senior license until he/she is 18 in the State of NY.
ROAD TEST PREPARATION: We will teach your child the correct way to drive so they have a better chance to pass their road test on the first try. Although there are many reasons why a person may fail a road test, one of the most common is acquiring bad habits. Remember, to pass a road test, you must drive like a new driver. This means they have to learn a lot of information that we parents may have forgotten over the years. That is not to say that they should not practice with their parents to get experience. As a matter of fact, NY State requires a minimum of 50 hours of driving time (including 15 hours after sunset) to take the road test. The Driver Education Program will only provide about 6 hours of actual driving time. The Drivers Education program will show your child what they need to know to help them pass the road test.
CHANCE FOR REDUCED INSURANCE COST: Most insurance companies will give your child up to a 25% discount on their collision and liability. You should check with your insurance company to see what their policy is for driver education students.
SAVE VALUABLE TIME: It seems like our schedules only become busier and busier as time goes on. At Gersh Driver Education, we offer various course schedules that allow you to easily fit your classes into your life. In addition to our 16-week course, we have an 8-week course available as well. We also hold classes on most days of the week, so you are sure to find a schedule that fits your needs.
How many hours of driving time will be needed before the actual driving test?
NY State requires a minimum of 50 hours of driving time (including 15 hours after sunset) to take the road test. The Driver Education Program will only provide about 6 hours of actual driving time. The Driver Education program will show your child what they need to know to help them pass the road test.
Once classes start, there will be NO switching of cars. However, there may be times under various circumstances that a student will need to be moved.
Driving with friends
We will put friends together. This can make for a better and less stressfull experience as well as carpooling needs. However, please know that this is not guaranteed. We will try our best to accomodate. Also, an email request by one parent is requested and after all students are registered.
What is the absentee and make-up policy?
- Make-up classes are decided in two parts: By the lecture teacher and by the in-car instructor.
- They must be made up within the session in which applicant is enrolled.
- There is a maximum of 3 absences allowed. No more than 2 in a row and no more than a total of 3. They need to be made up and are still considered a miss. Failure to make up classes, or if more than 2 consecutive classes are missed, may constitute a drop and/or failure.
- Confirmation letters will be sent out to all students 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class.
What is your refund policy?
There will be no refund granted for withdrawal after classes start and the $100.00 deposit is non-refundable. Telephone cancelations cannot be honored. Refund requests must be made in person or received by mail one week prior to the start of the course. After the start of the program there is no Refund.