What is your refund policy?
Please email the office manager to determine if you qualify for a refund of your program fees. We only refund Drivers Education class fees if the student moves out of the state after registration or after class begins.
Adult and Permit Training Behind-The-Wheel may have applicable refunds if the amount of training is less than billed.
Who will teach the Driver Education course?
The Driving Coach instructors will provide all instruction. Each classroom instructor is certified by the Iowa Board of Education Examiners and the Iowa Department of Transportation and all Behind-the-Wheel instructors are certified by the Iowa Department of Transportation. We focus on safety and responsibility behind-the-wheel. Each instructor is experienced and has undergone extensive training in various levels of driver's education.
How much will it cost?
The price of driver's education varies by services needed. Please check out our packages offered under the package tab for pricing. We accept all major credit cards, personal checks or cash. Payment plans are available.
When are fees due?
All fees should be paid online or in the office by the first day of class or start of behind-the-wheel sessions. A deposit is required to hod a seat in the class. Payment plans are available for anyone unable to pay the complete class fee at the time the course starts. Completion certificates are held until the course is paid in full.
Is the school licensed?
Yes. Our school is licensed by the Iowa DOT for the following programs:
- Teen and Behind-the-Wheel Driver Education (Classroom and in-car)
- Adult Driver Education (Written or Behind-the-Wheel)
- Permit Instruction Behind-the-Wheel
We offer other specialty-course programs to assist you in such as winter driving methods, pulling a trailer and manual transmission.
Are your instructors licensed/certified?
Yes. All of our instructors are licensed by the Iowa Department of Motor Vehicles and the Iowa Board of Education Examiners.
Which course should I choose if I am under 18 years of age?
If you are under 18, it is mandatory by the Iowa DOT for you to take the 30 hour driver education and 6 hour behind-the-wheel class.
Reminder: When you get your permit, you are required to have a minimum of 10 hours behind-the-wheel experience prior to enrolling in a certified drivers education class.
However, it is highly recommended for all teens, especially, if you have no driving experience that you enroll in our 10 hour or 20 hour behind-the-wheel program which includes many topics that will be covered in a certified drivers education class.
The driving lesson sessions are very comprehensive.
What if i am 18 years of age or older?
If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you do not need to take a certified drivers education class, however it is recommended that you take the class because the class will give you all the instruction materials to be a safer driver and give you practice time with behind-the-wheel instructors. When you take a certified Drivers Ed class, if you pass the written and driving portions of the class, you will automatically receive a certification and can get your license without the DOT driving test.
You will have to pass our written exams and our driving school driving test. Our test is very similar in criteria than the DOT drive test. However, we will require the student to drive on 2 and 4 lane highways.
Otherwise, you may select one of our Drivers Lesson Training Packages for Ages 18 and older.
When do I need to get my instruction permit?
- Be at least 14 years old
- Pass a vision test
- Pass a knowledge test 80 %
- A parent/guardian must be available to authorize issuance
- Provide a primary form of identification, proof of residency and Social Security number.
- Complete a minimum of 10 hours behind-the-wheel with your parent, guardian or driver education instructor prior to applying for your driver license.
Am I guaranteed to get my license?
As much as we would like to guarantee you, that you will get your license, we can't. We will provide all the information/experiences needed to pass the written and driving tests. But it is ultimately up to the student to spend the time needed to learn the material and pass the tests.
What do I need to do to get my Minor School License, Instructional Permit, Intermediate License or Full License?
Click on the appropriate PDFs for DOT required information.
What can a student expect to learn in class?
The Driving Coach offers high quality programs that provide a comprehensive understanding of all the rules and regulations needed to function in today's traffic environment. Our programs will provide you with a better understanding of why it is very important to Be A Safe Driver in Iowa.
One of the most complete programs we offer is our 30 hours driver education program and 6 hours behind-the-wheel (30/6). This program provides the driving knowledge and experience necessary by starting at the basics from the operation and maintenance of the vehicle then moves forward to the handling of the vehicle in bad weather conditions and traffic crashes. We teach how to secure the vehicle and even insurance coverage. We cover the majority of topics, necessary in safe driving.
What happens if I miss a class or I am late?
If you miss a class session, you must make the session up before the last class. If you are late for class or miss a portion of the class for whatever reason, you must arrange to make up your time on materials and information missed.
Each student must complete 30 hours of classroom time.
Behind the Wheel
What is BTW (BEHIND-THE-WHEEL) ?
Behind-the-Wheel driving will provide you the in-car experience with a certified behind-the-wheel instructor on learning the required skills to be a safe and responsible driver.
In your 6 hours BTW, we will give you the core basics of proper scanning and looking, defensive driver techniques and practical REAL-TIME driving. We present various situations in Real Time driving for our students so they are exposed to several different types of experiences.
We believe that driving is an essential life skill that all can succeed at with practice and maturity.
Do you have any safety equipment in your school driving cars?
Yes! Our cars are equipped with passenger side instructor brake systems and gas pedals. Our instructors are trained to instruct and assist students in the education behind-the-wheel. All vehicles are clean and wreck free. No salvage title vehicles are used. All vehicles have a 5-star crash rating.
We are fully insured and bonded. We carry commerical liability policies for all of our vehicles and locations.
How do I sign up for a behind-the-wheel session?
You must login to this web site with your username and password. If you do not have a username and password, please register. You will be able to sign up for any available spots with any available instructor.
Do I need insurance to receive behind-the-wheel instruction?
No. The Driving Coach is fully insured and bonded.
Do I need my instruction permit to take behind-the-wheel courses?
Yes. It is illegal in the State of Iowa to drive without an instructional permit.
We offer packages where we can teach young students how to drive. Many parents often find the relationship with their son or daughter becomes strained when teaching them how to drive. We understand.
All our vehicles have a dual brake and gas pedal and as trained instructors, we can provide unbiased instruction for your teen that will teach them the right way to drive, safely and responsibly.
Do my behind-the-wheel sessions count towards my 20 hours?
No. Any behind-the-wheel instruction given by our driving instructors will be in addition to the 20 hours of supervised driving required by the State of Iowa DOT. Remember, at least two hours of your supervised driving with an adult must be between sunset and sunrise.