FAQs

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How does this course start? How old do I need to be?

NH DMV allows student to begin a driver education program at 15.9 years of age. The student needs to be 15.9 years of age at the start of the class date.

Students who have successfully completed the course may apply for their license at 16 years of age.

Drive Safe students who have completed the Drive Safe, Inc. online inquiry forms will receive a reply email by the driver education secretary. She will then ask for additional information and answer any pending question you may have before reserving a seat. Those students who have rather reserve over the phone may leave a message on the automated answering machine including their name (first, last), DOB, telephone number, and preferred class start date. Most phone calls are returned by the weekend as we are full time educators during the week. Rarely, Drive Safe, Inc. is able to accommodate “drop in” students.

When are classes held?

Class dates are posted on class registration. HOWEVER, there will be some exceptions depending on school vacations, observed holidays, weather, etc. All teachers strive to avoid planning classes during school vacations,so students can join their parents on vacations.

Where are the classes held?

Classes will be held at the Exeter High School.

What do I need to bring the first day of class?

An open mind, enthusiasm, pen/pencil, a photocopy of your birth certificate! Any additional payments can be paid in class. We accept cash and checks brought to class or on line credit cards. Checks can be made payable to Drive Safe, LLC. A receipt will be provided each time a payment is made towards the balance.

At what age may I learn to drive?

The driver must be at least 15½ years old and must carry proof of age in the vehicle.
The person learning to drive must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible licensed adult 25 years of age or older.
The vehicle used for practice must be a non-commercial vehicle.

What curriculum guidelines will be addressed?

Drive Safe Inc. utilizes and supplements the NH Driver Education Risk Prevention Curriculum in all aspects of our program.

How do I secure a spot in an upcoming class?

The best way is fill out application on DriveSafenh.com website, under the class you are interested in. There are also applications in the main office of the Exeter High School drop-off box that is checked daily. Simply fill out application with a 100. deposit to secure a spot in that class. A confirmation email will be sent once you have secured a spot. Please note that classes fill up quickly and we cannot guarantee a spot until a confirmation letter is sent.
However, students are picked on a first come, first serve basis.

Is there anyway I can secure my spot without paying the full fee by the first class?

This would require a $100.00 deposit (which is non-refundable). A student must have paid the balance of $400.00 by the fourth week of class, or the student will not be able to attend this class. However, students are picked on a first come, first serve basis.

Your brochure describes each class between 10-17 students and the duration of the class as being 5-6 weeks. Why not a larger class?

The idea is to offer a quality program. It is with smaller classes that the teachers can better individualize to meet each student’s needs. Learning to drive safely is the most important skill a young person can learn. Statistics state this, as well a review of the daily newspapers. This takes time and patience in a well coordinated, sequential way. The instructor’s philosophy is to build a solid foundation of basic skills aligned with working as close as possible with parents.

How long is it between your scheduled courses throughout the year and can I sign up ahead of time?

Ideally, Drive Safe would like to work with a class of students every 5-6 weeks. Sign up early because our program is well established, servicing several generations of happy customers! Yes, one can sign up ahead of time for the next class or future classes thereby reserving a spot. To reserve a future class slot, the application and no deposit must be received by us. Our scheduled courses are planned due year in advance, so sign up early to reserve a position in the class. Keep in mind that NH State regulations and Drive Safe LLC have stringent guidelines with regard to classroom absences …so choose your semester with that in mind.

When are classes held for the classroom portion?

Classroom time will be held after school, 2:30 to 4:30pm depending on the needs of the enrolled students. The days the classes are held are Monday, Tuesday. There will be exceptions depending on school vacations, weather etc. The teachers strive to avoid planning classes during school vacations.

Can you describe the automobiles Drive Safe Inc. Driving School provides?

We utilize a Honda Civic and Honda Accord. Some of the features include: Tilt steering, Rear-Seat Ducts, Power Winders and Door Locks, 6-way Power Driver’s Seat, Anti-Lock Breaking System, Air Conditioning, Integrated Control Panel, AM/FM Stereo/Single CD Player, and Electronic Speed Control. We also specialize in standard shifting in the WRX. These vehicles serve our increased demand and reduce our carbon footprint.

Upon completion of the Driver Education Program and 40 hours of additional driving time (10 of which must be completed at night), what documents are necessary to obtain a driver license?

Application for Driver LicenseAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. All relevant information must be given including legal name, date of birth and social security number.
Proof of Identity. Provide two documents from the list of required documentation for the type of license you are applying for
The original, green Driver Education Completion Certificate issued by your driver education instructor.
A Parent or Guardian Authorization Certificate by a parent or guardian.
A completed Driver's Out-Of-Class Log by a parent or guardian.

Can a student living in New Hampshire take a Driver’s Education class in another state?

No, the student must complete all of their driving requirements in the state of New Hampshire.

Can I drive in my parent’s car with them while taking Driver’s Education?

Yes. You may begin to work on your skills with a NH licensed driver 25 years of age or older when you turn 15.5. Legal proof of age needs to be readily available. We will supply you with the required 40 hour practice sheet with someone other than a driver education instructor when you begin our program. This documentation is required as part of your application for a NH State license. As you can see, this is a partnership program.

Can New Hampshire Driver’s Education students drive in other states?

As each state has its own motor vehicle laws, but it depends on their rules. Parents are advised to call the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles in order to find this out, the answer is usually a “No”.

How long does a New Hampshire Driver’s Education student have to wait to be scheduled for a test after he/she has met all the requirements?

Once completing the class, students are allowed to go to a test site conveniently located. Students will be given 1) 30 question, multiple choice written test( 20 questions will be on the manual, 4 incorrect questions are allowed, 10 questions will be on signs, 2 incorrect are allowed, 2)vision test, 3) road test. Both the road and written tests must be passed with 80% or better to acquire a license. The cost of this exam is $50.00.