Dear Parents & Students,
Thank you for choosing Compass Driving Academy for your Driver Education requirement.
Our goal is to teach new students how to become safe responsible drivers. Doing so, the cooperation of students and parents is extremely important during the “Behind-the-Wheel” phase of your Driver Education program. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration requires that every student under the age of 25 complete a minimum of 60 hours of supervised driving with a parent or a supervising driver who is at least 21 years of age and has held a driver's license for 3 years.
Compass Driving Academy will provide 6 hours of In-car Behind-the-Wheel training with a Certified Driving Instructor that is committed to making the driving experience for our students the best it can be. Please read over the following information about our Behind-the-Wheel training sessions. Parents should also review other informational handouts given to the students on the first day of class.
Our Behind-the-Wheel schedule is busier during the Spring and Summer months. The Behind-the-Wheel lessons can be scheduled via text, in person or via phone/email. We do not guarantee a student's completion by a certain date. After the successful completion of the 6 hour Behind-the-Wheel lessons, student information will be electronically submitted to the MVA. Student and parents must allow the MVA two business days (48 hours) to receive and process the information electronically sent from the driving school before scheduling the MVA road test. Due to MVA regulations, we are no longer able to offer pick up and drop off for Behind the Wheel lessons. Parents/Guardians must provide transportation to and from the Driving School.
Students are advised to check their schedule carefully before selecting times for their driving lessons. If a student must cancel a scheduled driving lesson they must do so at least 24 hours before the lesson or a $50 charge will be added to their account. Cancellations can be made via text (410.807.5300), by phone (443.273.3044) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner. If a student continually misbehaves or disrupts the in-car driving lessons, the drive time will end and parents will be notified. The student will be returned to the pickup location and no refund will be given.
Students are required to dress appropriately for the Behind-the-Wheel In-Car Lessons. Please refrain from wearing revealing clothing (no strapless tops, halters or short skirts/shorts). Shoes should fit securely on the foot (no slides or flip flops).
Instructors will explain the process scheduling DRIVE TIME and of importance additional practice drives outside of the 6 hours included in the cost of Drivers Education. This is not up for debate. The MVA requires students to practice driving skills with an eligible supervising driver. Six hours is not enough. The last hour administered by the driving school is tested and the students must get 80% or better. If a student is not successful on the last drive, any retest needs to be paid BEFORE the student can retest.
To ensure there is not a delay in course completion please be sure that your child has made up all missed classroom sessions, passed the final classroom exam and has paid the balance in full.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact our business office. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns.