WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR BROOKLYN, NY DRIVER EDUCATION

January 3, 2018

Driving Schools throughout New York make sure you fulfill all the state requirements to get your license. While each school is different, the state requires certain topics be covered.

Your Brooklyn driving school will provide you with the behind-the-wheel training needed to get your license and become a good, safe driver.

New York has a variety of requirements to obtain a driver’s license.

  • All new drivers must obtain a permit by applying at the DMV and passing a 20-question written permit test—the permit is valid for roughly five years.
  • Once you have your permit, you will need to complete either a five-hour Pre-Licensing course or a 48-hour Driver Education and Traffic Safety course.
  • After sufficient supervised driving practice, you must pass the road test.

The full 48-hour Driver’s Education courses may only be taught by a public or private school, including a BOCES, or a college. The schools may contract with a commercial driving school for the behind-the-wheel components of the course. The five-hour Pre-licensing course may be taught by private driving schools.

DRIVER EDUCATION AND TRAFFIC SAFETY COURSE

The full, 48-hour course is a wise option for most new drivers. The course will more than suffice for the knowledge you need to drive, as well as close, supervised training in actual or simulated driving conditions. Many teens will have access to driver education in school. Older new drivers may want to find a course at a nearby Community College. Your behind-the-wheel driving school instructor will help you apply these lessons in Brooklyn.

The 24 hours of classroom time cover the following topics.

  • Rules of the Road—The rules of the road should become second nature for all good drivers. Once they are second nature, your reactions will become automatic. Knowing who has the right-of-way, and who should yield it, in each situation will help you avoid accidents.
  • Vehicle components—Knowing how the car works will help you drive.
  • Vehicle systems—In modern vehicles, many components are computerized or automatic. Working with them will ensure safe driving.
  • Vehicle handling—A car is both useful and dangerous. Proper care while driving is important, and learning how it responds in all conditions is important. You need to know and practice how to get out of skids.
  • Driver Behavior—Your decisions and state of mind will affect how you drive. Making sure you are in a good state of mind is part of safe driving.
  • Sharing the Road—Most of the time, you will be on the road with other vehicles, and will need to communicate with them. Using turn signals is vital for safe driving.
  • Driver attention—You need to pay attention to many things while driving. Learning how to glance at mirrors to determine the location of others is just one of many skills a good driver has.
  • Vehicle Maintenance—Knowing how to keep your car safe is important, also. While most of us will rely on professional mechanics, knowing how to detect a problem is important.
  • Emergencies—learning how to engage in evasive maneuvers keeps you a safe driver. Working with your risk perception, you can anticipate maneuvers.

 

BEHIND THE WHEEL

The 24 hours of “Laboratory” time is divided into three components

  • 6 of these hours must be in-car observation.
  • Another 6 must have the student drive the vehicle
  • The other 12 hours may be divided as the program chooses, between observation, behind the wheel, simulation, and/or range instruction.

SUPERVISED DRIVING

If you are under 18 you must complete at least 50 hours of supervised practice driving. At least 15 of those hours must be completed at night, while 10 hours must be in moderate to heavy traffic. Time spent with your instructor from a Brooklyn driving school counts towards this requirement.

The supervising driver must be at least 21 years old and licensed to drive the type of vehicle used. Form MV-262 is a parental certification of the completion of hours, and allows the driving school to indicate the number of hours the student drove under the school’s instruction. All other hours are certified by the signature of the parent/guardian. Hours driven during the Driver’s Education and Traffic Safety course count towards the 50 hours.

The New York DMV does not require new drivers over 18 to engage in 50 hours of supervised practice driving; the state does, however, strongly recommend it. Completion of the full course, also, may result in a reduction in your insurance premiums.

ROAD TEST

Scheduling the road test is done on-line. You may take the road test anywhere in New York—you don’t need to take it near your home. The state suggests scheduling the road test as early as possible—the wait time is three-to-five weeks, but in summer may be up to 10 weeks.

When you go to your road test, you will need to bring the certificate indicating completion of the required driver’s education. The 5-hour Pre-licensing Certificate (MV-278) or the Driver Education Certificate (MV-285) is given to you on successful completion of the course. You must bring the original of the certificate, not a copy.

You must bring a proper vehicle for the road test. The vehicle must be properly registered and inspected, and a licensed driver 21 or older must be with you. The vehicle itself must be clean and have functional headlights, turn signals, windshield wipers and seatbelts. Some driving schools in Brooklyn may allow you to use their vehicles for the road test.