Safeway provides three, two-hour behind-the-wheel lessons (6 hours total). Each lesson has its own curriculum and objectives. As soon as the student receives their hard card photo permit in the mail from the State, they should click the “Student Login” button in the upper right corner of our home page to register the permit number.
We have found the sequence and timing of lessons described below produces a confident and competent driver who is eager to drive.
The first lesson, our basic lesson, should be scheduled after receiving the hard-card photo permit and after having had 5 hours of practice driving.
The second lesson should be scheduled 4 or more weeks after the first lesson and after an additional 15 hours of practice driving. This is our freeway and downtown lesson and should not be scheduled during rush hour.
The third lesson can be scheduled either 4 weeks or more after the second lesson or a few weeks before the Road Test, depending on the student’s preference. This lesson teaches parking maneuvers and prepares the student for the Road Test.
Safeway’s online scheduling system is programmed to schedule lessons at least 30 days apart. If the student or parent needs less time between lessons, please call our office for assistance. The three lessons should be completed within a year of completing classes or by the student’s 16th birthday, whichever is later.
Many of our instructors do back-to-back lessons. The first student of the day is picked up from home or school at the scheduled time. Toward the end of the lesson (last 10-15 minutes), the first student will drive to the second student’s home. The second student will get into the back seat and the first student will finish their lesson time by driving themselves home. The second student will then begin their lesson time from the first student’s home at the scheduled time. Each student will get their full two-hour lesson time.