Driving In A New America, Inc
www.DIANAschool.com

PRIVATE DRIVING LESSONS:

View our Pricing and Packages for driving lessons.

We normally schedule several weeks in advance, and summer is our busiest season, so, if possible, please register well before your expected test date.

For the private driving lessons, we normally pick the student up at your home or after school. However, if you are outside our normal pickup area, we may occasionally request a meeting place that is convenient for all parties.

The private lessons are conducted in our company vehicle. Although we have never had an accident with a student driver, for safety purposes all vehicles are all-wheel-drive, and are equipped with an instructor-side brake pedal, antilock brakes, driver and passenger side airbags, and side impact/curtain airbags.

All driving lessons are conducted in three-hour increments (unless a special needs situation exists). A minimum of six hours is required to get a discount on your car insurance, but the vast majority of our students select a third appointment which includes a refresher lesson and the PennDOT driving license test. If you purchase additional hours, we can do more advanced driver training, such as driving into downtown Pittsburgh. Any lessons over the standard 3-appointments are discounted.

Driving lessons are conducted seven days a week, year-round (major holidays excluded). Upon receipt of your registration, release form, and tuition payment, you will be contacted by phone to schedule these appointments.

The standard curriculum for the 6-hour course includes following lessons:

  • Winding country roads (with narrow lanes, no shoulder, no center lines, etc)
  • City streets (with traffic lights, parallel parked cars, cross walks, pedestrians, etc)
  • Arterial/Commercial highway (with high traffic volumes, lane changes, traffic lights, lane use control signs, etc)
  • Interstate highway (practicing entering freeway, reacting to other vehicles that are entering the freeway, passing on the freeway, exiting the freeway, etc)
  • A visit to the PennDOT testing center, where the student will be instructed in parallel parking, as well as the testing routes and expectations of the driving examiner on testing day

As you can see, this is a lot to cover in the standard 6-hour course, so unless you will be purchasing additional lessons, we request that the student have a minimum of ten hours instruction from parents or other qualified licensed drivers before scheduling the driving lessons. Please inform us of the student's experience and comfort level. If the student has extremely limited experience, the instructor may elect to begin the first lesson in parking lots.

If you would like to increase your student's safety beyond the standard 9-hour package with test, then additional lessons can be purchased at a discounted rate. These additional lessons are usually recommended if the parent would like us to do a "preliminary" or "orientation" lesson to introduce them to driving prior to the specific 6-hour course described above, or if the parent and student would like additional practice with parallel parking, parking lots, interstate highways, etc. We also offer "post graduate" lessons for students that want more than the minimum 6-hour course. For these additional lessons, we often take the student into downtown Pittsburgh, or other specific locations and environments that the parents and students would like to experience.

View our Pricing and Packages for driving lessons.

In thirteen years and well over a ten thousand hours of instruction, we have never had a car crash. That being said, the operator of any motor vehicle - even one driving with a learners permit - is legally responsible for any damages in the event of a crash. If our vehicle is damaged because of driver error that was so severe that our instructor was unable to compensate, then the driver (student) will be expected to make full restitution for any damage and towing costs involved.