Parents are often confused with the complexities of getting a teenager licensed to drive. When should you begin scheduling your behind the wheel instruction?

Thirty hours of classroom education, followed by 6 months practice driving with their permit, 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction, and 50 hours of practice driving with a supervised driver all ending with the ever-so dreaded road test. Figuring out the timing can be mind boggling.

Don’t put the cart before the horse.

Let me break this down to make it much easier to understand. First of all your teen must complete 30 hours of classroom education and pass the written permit test before any practice driving can take place. So let’s go with the assumption that you are at this point.

The three things that must happen before your teen can take their road test are as follows:

  • Log 50 hours of supervised driving time with a licensed driver who is 21 years of age or older.
  • Complete 6 hours of behind the wheel training with a licensed instructor.
  • They must have held their permit for a minimum of 6 months prior to taking the road test.

The question most often asked is this, “When do we schedule our behind the wheel sessions?”

Timing is Everything when it comes to scheduling behind the wheel instruction

Your teen cannot take the road test until they are sixteen years old. Many teens get their permit shortly after turning fifteen which means that you have nearly a full year to accomplish everything. A word of advise when it comes to scheduling your behind the wheel instruction. Do not wait until that year is nearly up to schedule your sessions. Our schedule fills quickly and we are often booked two months out.

Here is what we suggest for a timeline.

  1. Start tracking the 50 hours of supervised drive time as soon as your teen has their permit. Download a copy of the printed log here.
  2. Schedule their first behind the wheel session after you have driven for a minimum of 10 hours with your teen.
  3. Then Schedule your second behind the wheel session 4 to 6 weeks after the first session.
  4. Schedule your third behind the wheel session no closer than 4 to 6 weeks in advance of their anticipated test date.

We strongly suggest that you do not schedule the road test until you have scheduled your last behind the wheel session.

Far too often parents call to schedule their third session of behind the wheel instruction after scheduling the road test and find no openings are available in our schedule. If you do this . . . you will likely need to cancel your test date. You just are not going to be able to schedule behind the wheel on short notice.

With a little advanced planning, completing the supervised driving and behind the wheel instruction requirements is not difficult to accomplish smoothly.

Existing students may click here login into your account and schedule a session. If you are looking to register for behind the wheel instruction and are not currently registered with us, please follow this link and submit a request. We will reply with a contract and additional information for you.

Call us with any questions you may have at (844) 374-8315.

To find answers to all your questions download a copy of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual. You will find that chapter one of the driver’s manual explains how to get your Minnesota driver’s license.

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