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Drivers Education Program

30-Hours Virtual Classroom & 6-Hours Behind-the-Wheel Training

Learning to drive is a major milestone in life. Young or inexperienced drivers need to learn safe driving techniques.  The program offered by Savannah Technical College meets Joshua’s Law options that include 30 hours of classroom instruction and six additional hours of drive time with an instructor. Most insurance companies also give a reduction (approx. 10%) on insurance premiums upon successful completion.

Savannah Technical College provides a (DDS-approved) Driver’s Education program in cooperation with the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC). Participants must attend all class dates for the full class periods. If seeking a certificate of completion for 30 hours of classroom and six hours of driving, participants must also complete all six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

P.S. Learn more about our Dual Enrollment program, which allows high school students to take academic degree level core courses, at zero tuition cost, that will transfer to any Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) or University System of Georgia (USG) institution

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30- Hour Classroom Instruction

The 30-hour classroom instruction is now available in a mix of live, online instruction, and self-study. This means that part of the lecture training is live, via an online meeting platform called Blackboard(similar to Zoom). Students will be able to have live interaction with the instructor. Students will also be required to complete their self-study work.

This lecture component consists of instruction on the following topics:

  • Managing Risk When Driving
  • Understanding Vehicle Space Needs, Natural Laws, and Balance
  • Starting, Steering, and Stopping the Vehicle
  • Traffic Control Devices & Traffic Laws
  • Managing Risk: Vision & Perception, Time & Space
  • Sharing the Road with Others
  • Getting Acquainted with the Vehicle You Will Drive
  • The Effects of Distractions, Drowsiness, and Emotions on Driving
  • Adverse Driving Conditions and Emergencies
  • The Effects of Alcohol and other Drugs on Driving
  • Basic Maneuvers in a Low-Risk Environment

 Course Textbook: “How to Drive” -The Beginning Driver’s Manual

What To Expect In The Behind-The-Wheel Driving Lessons

The Driver’s Ed Car

The college will provide a vehicle for students to use during their lessons. They are 2015 Kia Optimas, a 4-door sedan. Each vehicle is wrapped in “Student Driver” graphics to make other drivers aware that training is in progress.  The vehicles are equipped with video monitoring capabilities to ensure the safety of all participants.

6-Hour Driving Lessons

Behind-the-wheel driver training lessons are available via one-on-one appointments and are 2 hours in length. The Department of Driver Services requires that parents/guardians invest at least 40-hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice with their teen before taking their road test to get their license.

Training Lesson 1: The instructor will take the student to begin their in verify the skills listed above are satisfactory and then begin practice with parallel parking, turnabouts, and a very structured driving route to provide exposure ranging from light traffic to moderate traffic.

Training Lesson 2: When students arrive for the second lesson, they can expect longer exposure to moderate traffic and introduction to parkways and highways and to apply what was learned during lesson two.

Training Lesson 3: The final training will include a review of the previous lessons, longer exposure to moderate traffic, and an introduction to interstate driving. Note: Students will be practicing entering and exiting off of Interstate 16. Practice with a parent/guardian before this lesson is recommended.

It is our focus to assist your student with the more difficult driving skills since our program only provides 6-hours of behind-the-wheel training. By the time your student reaches their first behind-the-wheel training session with the college, he/she will need to be able to complete the following skills:

  • Basic driver preparation
  • Steering
  • Accelerating and slowing down smoothly
  • Turning right at intersections
  • Turning left at intersections

Course Requirements

Learner’s Permit, Attendance, Passing Score

Students attending the Driver’s Education Program are required to provide a Valid Learner’s Permit or Driver’s License Required. Attendance is also required to all classroom and behind-the-wheel driving lessons. A passing grade of 70% is required for the classroom training.

Cost & Payment Options

Cost: $350 (Includes Classroom & Behind-the-wheel)
Payment Options:  We accept all credit/debit cards.
Scholarships available to those that qualify, click here for more information.

Refund Policy

You can request a refund up to three(3) days before the start of a course via email at abrantley@savannahtech.edu. If it is past the three day window, the only option available is to transfer to a new session. Once a course begins a refund is no longer possible.

Upcoming Sessions

Below you will see the sessions that are currently available for our Driver’s Education Program. These classes currently meet via a web-meeting platform similar to Zoom, called Blackboard Collaborate. Please review the dates and times to see what works best for your schedule. Attendance to all days of the scheduled course is required.

September 2021 Session

This 9-DAY, 30-HOUR Live, Online class meets only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Students must attend all 9 days.

Dates of the September 2021 Session.
September 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, & 26th

Class meets at the following times on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays:
Fridays from 4:30pm – 8pm
Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm
Sundays from 9am – 12:30pm

October 2021 Session

This 9-DAY, 30-HOUR Live, Online class meets only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Students must attend all 9 days.

Dates of the October 2021 Session:
October 8th, 9th, 10th,15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, & 24th

Class meets at the following times on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays:
Fridays from 4:30pm – 8pm
Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm
Sundays from 9am – 12:30pm

November 2021 Session

This 9-DAY, 30-HOUR Live, Online class meets only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Students must attend all 9 days.

Dates of the November 2021 Session:
November 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, & 21st

Class meets at the following times on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays:
Fridays from 4:30pm – 8pm
Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm
Sundays from 9am – 12:30pm

How to Register for the Driver’s Education Course

Are you ready to enroll in one of our upcoming Driver’s Education sessions? Make sure to have a picture of your learner’s permit ready! Read the instructions below to get started. If you have a scholarship code, please complete this form: Scholarship Recipient – Driver’s Education Online Registration

Registration Instructions for Students WITHOUT a Scholarship

1. Click the following link: Driver’s Education Online Registration

2. Complete the form with your contact information and select the session you’re interested in attending and press submit.

3. You will not see an option to pay just yet. We’ll review your submission and then generate a payment link specifically for you.

Registration Instructions for Scholarship Students

****You must have a scholarship code to complete this form!****

1. Click the following link: Scholarship Recipient – Driver’s Education Online Registration

2. Complete the form with your contact information and select the session you’re interested in attending and press submit.

Contact

If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit the Frequently Asked Questions tab on this page to review some of our commonly asked questions. You can also contact us at 912-443-3012 or email at abrantley@savannahtech.edu