Moore County's Driving page

Driving

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Please make sure students are adhering to the school dress code policy during class and the Behind the Wheel portion of the program.  Failure to dress appropriately could result in rescheduling training time.

Q. After the classroom phase, how long does the driving take?

A. The driving phase is 12 hours of in-car instruction. It is up to the instructor to work out a schedule with each student. (6 hours of BTW and 6 hours of observation).

Q. When will driving begin?
A. A good and complicated question. We try to drive students within 10-16 weeks after the classroom phase, but there are exceptions. If the student's 15th birthday is months away after the classroom work ends, we will probably hold off driving until closer to their birthday. Also, in the summer, we may fall a bit behind because we offer so many classes . It usually takes us several months to catch up, we ask for your patience and understanding. Currently we are about 10-16 weeks out.

Q. What is the Eligibility Certificate?
A. This is a form that verifies that you passed 3 out of 4 courses during the past semester, school fees are paid and up to date,  It is filled out by YOUR STUDENT'S school office staff (home schools do theirs through the Home School office in Raleigh). This has nothing to do with the driver education program. We just provide the form when the driving phase is finished. Please note: When this form is signed, you have 30 days to use it. If not, you will need to go back to YOUR STUDENT'S school office and repeat the process. (If you attend Connect Virtual Academy - please go to West Pine Elementary School - CVA office is located in their building) As of July 1, 2024, there will be a charge for any driver education paperwork that needs to be reissued.  This also includes the eligibility certificate if it expires.

Q. I've always heard that you drive the oldest first, but "Mary" is younger than my daughter and she has driven and my daughter hasn't. What's going on?
A. This is the question I get most! Simply put, "Mary" has a different instructor. Instructors are independent contractors and they set their own schedule. This month, instructor A may drive a lot and get ahead of Instructor B. Next month, it may be the opposite.  

Q. When will I know it is my time to drive?
A. The instructor assigned to the student will reach out and arrange an appointment (text or phone call - so please make sure you put a valid parent/guardian number on the 800 form that your student submits in class). We are flexible, but if students put off driving, they might end up at the bottom of a very long list, so it is best to drive when the instructor contacts the student. Also, be sure to get the name of the instructor and phone number when he/she calls, so if a problem occurs you can notify him/her.  We require two students in the car at all times, so please make sure you are on time for your driving appointment to alleviate any delays.

That's it! Good luck in your driving preparation. Some are more nervous about the experience than others, but our instructors are patient and good at what they do. We'll get you through your training. Then - drive carefully when you're on your own. We don't want to lose you through the Big Three - Texting, Alcohol, Speeding. Be Safe!


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