What Does AMA Driver Education Teach In-Vehicle?

Depending on the experience of the driver and the program purchased, some driving lessons can take up to six weeks or longer to complete – and for good reason.

Our one-on-one instruction allows us to work more closely with your teen to make sure they understand the important driving concepts before the final lesson ends. We also allow enough time between lessons for your teen to absorb the information we provide. That way, they get it — for life.

In-vehicle lessons are booked in 2-hour sessions. We recommend that having the foundation of knowledge from at least 3 classroom sessions (or half the class) be completed prior to your first in-vehicle lesson.

Scheduling & Wait Times

The date which you can start your in-vehicle lessons may vary by city and can be largely impacted by seasonal demand, student preferences for lessons and instructor schedule availability. If you’re eager to get your new driver in a vehicle with one of our instructors, please give us a call 1-833-374-8733 so we can discuss current wait times and individual scheduling needs.

Once registered, an instructor will be assigned to you and they will contact you within two weeks of registering to book your in-vehicle lessons. It’s best to book your lessons at the time your instructor contacts you so that you can arrange a schedule that works best for both, as times do fill up quickly.

Grades & In-Vehicle Lessons

New drivers must complete all in-vehicle lessons with a final grade of at least 75% to pass the in-vehicle component.

Here is a detailed list of the driving techniques practiced during the in-vehicle lessons:

Lessons from Hour 1 (All Programs)

  • Circle check/walk around
  • Safe entry/exit
  • Basic habits
  • Demonstration drive by instructor
  • Location/operation of essential controls/ABS
  • Steering/braking/accelerating
  • Visual lead time (search/scan)
  • Curb judgment
  • Use of mirrors (Blind spot demonstrations)
  • Residential intersections (uncontrolled/right-of-way judgment)
  • Turning: right and left
  • Commentary Drive (visual skills)

Lessons from Hour 2 (All Programs)

  • Mechanical check
  • Review curb judgment
  • Intro/review residential turns
  • Reversing (straight and 90 degree)
  • Entering traffic flow
  • Intro to lane changing (light traffic)
  • Point of continuance
  • Turning at lights (right and left)
  • Following skills
  • Stopping in traffic
  • Speed control
  • Review mirror/dash check
  • Parking (angle and perpendicular)
  • Introduction to Search, Predict, Identify, Decide, Execute (SIPDE)

Lessons from Hour 3 (All Programs)

  • Review lessons 1/2 (improve turns, reversing, stall parking)
  • 3 and 4-way stops
  • Turning at lights
  • Advanced/extended green
  • Point of continuance
  • Traffic circles/risks
  • Introduce hill parking
  • Threshold braking
  • Search/scan (ground view, scan windshields)
  • Cover brake/horn

Lessons from Hour 4 (All Programs)

  • Review and practice reversing, lane changing, turns, stall parking
  • Parallel parking
  • One-way streets (residential)
  • Merging/weave lanes/free-flow lanes
  • Planning ahead (streets and avenues)
  • Commentary Drive (Proactive and Risk Assessment commentary)

Lessons from Hour 5 (All Programs)

  • Review lessons 1 – 4 to ensure proficiency in all critical manoeuvres
  • Parallel/hill parking
  • Downtown driving/bus lanes
  • One-way streets
  • Reversing into perpendicular stall
  • Commentary Drive (Proactive & Risk Assessment)

Lessons from Hour 6 (All Programs)

  • Freeway-highway entry/exit (merging)
  • 20 – 30 second visual lead/following skills
  • Rural highways – gravel roads, hazard awareness
  • Passing gear
  • Trip planning
  • Economy driving
  • Two and three point turns
  • Commentary Drive (Proactive and Risk Assessment)

Lessons from Hour 7 (All Programs)

  • Risk Assessment/hazard awareness
  • Independent drive (including parallel, hill, and perpendicular parking)
  • Review critical manoeuvres (including traffic circles, one-way streets)
  • Commentary Drive (Proactive and Risk Assessment)

Lessons from Hour 8 (All Programs)

  • Parallel Parking (one-way streets, hill parking, critical areas challenge)
  • Commentary Drive (proactive and risk assessment)

Lessons from Hour 9 (All Programs)

  • Commentary Drive (proactive and risk assessment)
  • Independent drive and evaluation
  • Fuelling stop

Lessons from Hour 10 (All Programs)

  • Review critical manoeuvres
  • Independent drive and evaluation
  • Risk assessment review

Lessons from Hours 11 – 14 (Premium Program)

  • Review critical manoeuvres
  • Commentary Drive (proactive and risk assessment)
  • SIPDE (Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute)
  • Risk assessment review
  • Independent drive and evaluation

Lessons from Hours 15 – 20 (Ultimate Program)

  • How to identify and evaluate risk
  • SIPDE and SMITH scanning techniques to identify hazards
  • Select emergency manoeuvres
  • Additional challenge activities such as “find the address”
  • Commentary Drive (proactive and risk assessment)
  • Risk assessment review
  • Independent drive and evaluation
  • Review critical manoeuvres
  • Evaluation

Phew – even with over 75 years of experience, we’d be tired after all of that. But if at the end of your lessons you still feel like you could benefit from a few extra in-vehicle help, don’t worry. This is exactly why we offer Brush-Up Lessons which can be customized to your own driving needs.