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COURSE INFORMATION

 

Not all driver-ed courses are created equal. Do you want to just meet the time requirements to obtain a license or actually learn how to avoid crashes? Our driving lessons are done on the street in traffic which is the only place to really learn!. We do not use valuable time with simulators or driving around in parking lots. We start with the basic handling skills and progress to more complicated traffic situations. We monitor your progress at each step using specific, measurable objectives and give you a practice sheet sheet at the end of each session.

Lessons are structured to achieve maximum effectiveness. The lessons start and end at our classroom so that we can structure each route to provide increasingly more complex concepts and insure that every student is exposed to the same experiences. Each session is two (2) hours long consisting of one (1) hour of driving and an hour of observation. This is the optimum length of time for maximum learning.

Our curriculum emphasizes traffic skills combining the principles of the Smith System, a proven system, developed by Harold Smith and used to train commercial drivers by most of the major trucking companies in the world over the course of the last 60 years with the Zone Control System which  breaks the areas around the car into "zones", helps the students to recognize a hazardous situation  and offers specific procedures that can be used to reduce the danger Zone Control System has been adopted in several states as a statewide curriculum and is moving towards becoming the national standard.

The last lesson is an evaluation of your progress. You should schedule your last lesson about two weeks before the road test to make sure that everything is fresh in your mind and to provide time to practice any skills which you still have not mastered.

SCHEDULING

Lessons can be scheduled, cancelled or changed online (24/7) at www.TridentLessons.com The only scheduling requirements are that you cannot complete more than one lesson in a 24 hour period and the first and last lessons must be at least 21 days apart. (i.e. If Lesson 1 is on July 1st the last lesson must be after July 21st.) Recommended spacing is two weeks between lessons to allow for practice!

PRACTICE

 Practice is working on the specific skills introduced during the lessons. This program requires practicing the skills introduced during the lessons to be effective. Spacing the lessons over the required six month waiting period to keep reinforcing your skills. The recommended spacing between lessons is minimum two (2) weeks allowing you to practice six (6) hours between lessons to develop the essential habits. This will complete your in-car course in about 12 weeks.

INSTRUCTION PERMITS    

You can take your "temps" test and obtain your permit at the start of class This allows you to begin the six month waiting period required by the Graduated Drivers License law  (GDL) as soon as possible.

 

NOTES

The lesson content, destinations, and topics covered are subject to change based on the skill level of the student and amount of actual practice they have received. It does not serve any purpose to put someone in a complex driving environment if they have not mastered the basic skills.

No:

LOCATION*

CONTENT

1

Elkhorn

Handling skills, steering and braking (smooth stops), aiming the car versus watching the road in front of the car, reference points, straight driving, curves, observation at intersections, stopping positions and basic right and left turns.

2

Elkhorn

Stopping in the correct position, (four way vs. two way stops), where second stops are required to see cross-traffic, judging flow of traffic, scanning intersections during straight driving and turns, checking blind spots before turning, parking or pulling out of traffic, lane changes to and from the curb,

3

Delavan

Heavy traffic and pedestrians Emphasis is again on turns and related traffic skills, particularly left turns in traffic, yield signs, blind intersections, lane changes in traffic, railroad crossings and point of no return.
4

Elkhorn

Maneuvers, (including backing straight and around corners, hill parking, parallel parking, angle and perpendicular parking, U-Turns and Y-Turns).

5

Delavan

Travel on highway and/or freeway, more complex intersections with multiple turn lanes, how to decide whether to stop when the light turns yellow (point of no return), lane changes in heavy traffic.

6

Evaluation

Review and Evaluation of skills and all maneuvers

Road Trip

How not to get lost while driving to a destination by following route signs. Travel to Burlington, Lake Geneva, or Janesville to test skills in unfamiliar environment. Depending on our destination, lesson may include traffic circles, one way streets, multiple lane four way stops, heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, uncontrolled  intersections, railroad crossings and shared left turn lanes.

*Locations are preferred destinations and are used as the skills of the students and situation allows. 

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