30 Plus 8 Hour Program - Classroom & Road Lessons
Recommended Program for High School Students
Our Program provides:
• Driver Education classes in 15 (2 hours each) classes for a total of 30 hours.
• A state-mandated, 2-hour training session for each student and a parent;
• This is scheduled for the first class in the evening.
• Eight hours of behind-the-wheel instruction for each student.
Only students who currently attend school in Bristol and are between the ages of 16-18 are eligible to participate in this program.
Changes in the law affecting 16/17 year olds who receive their Learner Permit on or after August 1, 2008 require parents to attend a two-hour class with the student. The goal of this class is to assist parents/guardians to coach and mentor their teenagers into safe and skilled drivers. Please see the registration form for the date(s) Parent/Student Training will be offered.
This 30-hour classroom program includes a thorough review of critical traffic safety issues. Students must be age 16 when they start the classroom phase. There are no excused classroom absences.
Road Lessons Description:
Road lessons introduce students to the basic driving maneuvers and safe driver habits that can serve as the foundation for a lifetime of collision-free driving. Special emphasis is given to maneuvers and procedures generally encountered during the Driver’s Test. Students must have a Connecticut Learner’s Permit before beginning road lessons.
Road Lessons are scheduled by the instructor, in consultation with the student. Our goal is to have everyone complete the driving portion (8 hours behind-the-wheel) of the program within four months from the beginning of classroom instruction. Actual completion times depend on factors such as student availability, weather, and car maintenance schedules. We find that using the issue date on a student’s learner’s permit works best for determining the order in which we begin scheduling road lessons. School Board Policy requires two students in the vehicle at all times. Students will work in pairs, and all road lessons will begin and end at a Bristol Public School Driver Education site (Bristol Adult Education Center, BCHS, or BEHS). Students are required to carry their Connecticut Driver Learner’s Permit during road lessons.