A1: You can do this by calling 717-329-5215 today. We schedule 3 lessons that are 2 hours in length with each lesson predicated on the completion of the previous lessons. The lessons comprise three different levels of driving with each lesson being built on the lesson previously completed.
Lesson 1 – Basic understanding of the car, Self defense driving techniques in a parking lot and introduction to country roads in a rural setting.
Lesson 2 – We introduce them to city driving incorporating city driving and parallel parking into the lesson and managing city driving in the urban environment.
Lesson 3 – We review parallel in the 3rd lesson and then introduce the student into high volume traffic as well as merging onto highways. We work on navigating close driving on busy thoroughfares like Route 30 and 22.
A2: We feel that the time maximizes student learning and if the student is going from Central Dauphin High school to PennDOT it would take ½ hr to PennDOT and ½ hr back to CD. By doing 2 hours it allows the instructor to focus on many aspects of driving while eliminating the travel time each single lesson you take the student out.
A3: No, we incorporate teaching and various activities into the lesson to keep it fresh and moving.
A4: We think that the lessons should be once a week for three weeks. If the student is having problems we will discuss to push back the final lesson so that the student is safe and allow them time to practice a little bit before we complete the final lesson.
A5: No we do not offer the test. We believe there is an unethical aspect to this. If we accept money after providing lessons or as a result of doing the lessons there is sometimes an unreasonable expectation that the student will pass. PennDOT offers testing for free. Also, the risk of litigation is so high that one small error on our part could result in our company being shut down and a valuable service being provided will be no longer available.
A6: No, we provide one ( 2007 or 2009 Ford Focus)
A7: No, our insurance covers both the driver and instructor in the car.
A8: Yes, You must have a valid P.A. permit. Out of state permits are not recognized by Pennsylvania.
A9: If you are getting the price as a result of a school district you would meet in front of the office, by the flagpole, in front of the school. If you are not part of a school district we will pick you up at your place of residency.
A10: We ask that a deposit of at least $100 dollars is paid up front with the registration form and that you send both in prior to the first lesson. At the first lesson we ask that you pay at least half of the remaining balance. We then ask you pay the last half of the remaining balance by the start of the 2nd lesson. If you would like to pay all of the lesson fees up front you may do and are strongly encouraged to so. All financial arrangements that vary from this structure must be approved by the owner. No Exceptions.
A11: You need to have the registration form completely filled out if not already sent in, a valid PA permit or license which ever they have for the first lesson and a check, cash, or money order for half of the remaining balance or the full balance due for that lesson.
A12: The video camera tapes directly to a 60 gig hard drive in the trunk of the car and are downloaded to a back up external hard drive where it is kept only for security purposes. The camera is only viewing what is going on between the passenger and driver’s seat. It is not used for promotion or advertising and will not be posted online for any reason. We will NOT take a student on a lesson without the camera running. The camera is meant to protect both the student and our drivers. No exceptions unless prior arrangements are made with us. (Very rare, if not never).
A13: It is an Individualized Education Plan. Students with disabilities have them and it is meant to help students who are dealing with a disability to learn how to drive.
A14: The cost varies from one location to another and whether a school has negotiated a price for its residence. The cost is simply based on distance and our cost. Our price quote is not negotiable at any time. Pricing ranges from $50 to $75 per hour and fixed price packages start at $280 (please call the secretary for a more accurate pricing.)
A15: After the lessons are completed we will send an evaluation and a letter for your insurance company 7-10 business day after they complete their lessons. Insurance companies need you to provide documentation that shows you completed both behind the wheel and 30 hours of classroom to get the Driver Education discounts.
A17: No, but if you have one that you prefer please let us know and we will make every attempt to accommodate you.
A18: 10-15 hours
A19: During the school year Shield Driving is committed to academic excellence and will not take any student out of school for driving lessons. Math, Science, & Reading are much more important than driving. So during the school year we can only take students out from 3:00p.m.-7:30p.m.
Monday-Saturday 8:00am to 8:00pm School
Monday-Friday 3:00pm to 5:00pm
5:15pm to 7:15pm
Saturday 7:00am to 9:00am
9:15am to 11:15am
11:45am to 1:45pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
4:30pm to 6:30pm