"If [the course] prevents one accident, it will more than have paid for itself, let alone save a life!"

Driving Academy FAQ

The most common questions can be answered by the FAQs below or in the Official Bulletin.
If you have a question that is not addressed, contact us!


Why is Fall/Winter a great time for adults to take driving lessons?
Is an Arkansas Driver’s permit required to enroll in your program?
Will the classroom portion help my student pass the knowledge test?
How long does the comprehensive driver ed course take to complete?
Will your course get us a discount for our teenager on our auto insurance premiums?
Why should I pay more for Driving Academy of NWA when I can get a certificate for an insurance discount cheaper somewhere else?
Where are the courses taught?
Whose car will be used for the Behind-the-Wheel portion of the program?
What do you hope to accomplish with me or my teen?
What does the student need to bring to the classroom?
How do I get a permit?
Where do I go to get an Arkansas driving permit and/or take the driving test?
Where can I get an Arkansas Drivers License Test Study Guide?

 
Why is Fall/Winter a great time for adults to take driving lessons? 

* more lessons available for adults while teenagers are involved with school activities * more flexibility in times for lessons (some one-hour lessons available during lunch breaks on work days) * roads are typically clear and dry MOST DAYS during the entire fall/winter * If the roads do become slick, you can reschedule the lessons affected. * Our cars are well-heated! * shorter lines at the testing center and Department of Motor Vehicles Offices * With a license and car… * you won’t have to walk in the cold! * you would have freedom to go where and when you want without paying a taxi or asking a friend! back to top

 
Is an Arkansas Driver’s permit required to enroll in your program? 

While every student must have at least an Arkansas permit in order to start the actual Behind-the-Wheel instruction, a permit is NOT required for the classroom portion of our Comprehensive Driver Education.  We do require that every teenager complete all requirements for our certificate within 3 months of the first day of class. If this is not accomplished the student's enrollment will be terminated unless a contract extension is requested and then finishes within six months of the first day of class. back to top

 

Will the classroom portion help my student pass the knowledge test?

While helping students pass the test is not the MAIN purpose of our program, the four-hour class, "Ignorance is NO Excuse", would be very helpful for someone who needs help studying. The class will cover much more information from which others will benefit, as well. back to top

 

How long does the comprehensive driver ed course take to complete?

The course takes 30 hours of classroom instruction with no more than four hours per day, four 1.5-hour driving lessons scheduled seperately, a couple of hours of homework, and four hours additional practice driving with a parent, guardian, or one of our instructors. Each student should complete all requirements within three to six months.Because motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for ages 4 to 34, we know driver training should be a process, not an event. back to top

 

Will your course get us a discount for our teenager on our auto insurance premiums? 

Upon successful completion of our comprehensive driver education program or our correspondence program, each student will be mailed an achievement certificate which can be shown to your insurance agent for a driver education discount.  It is up to the insurance company as to whether they grant discounts for driver education, but ours is accepted anywhere a public school driver ed certificate would be accepted, as we are licensed through the State Board of Private Career Education.  Some parents of teen boys have told us that the discount paid for our program within the first year; others, within 2-3 years.  Keep in mind that if a discount is given, it is usually valid until age 25, but ask your agent for those details. 

Even if your company does not give a driver education discount, the money and grief you would save if we can prevent your teen from having even one crash would be much greater than the cost of our course.  (We cannot guarantee that your child will not be involved in a wreck after completing our course, but the knowledge and motivation we provide your teen can greatly reduce the risk of that happening.)

Adults ages 25-55 are typically already in the lowest insurance rate bracket, thus usually do not benefit further from having a certificate.  Ask your agent to be sure. back to top

 
Why should I pay more for Driving Academy when I can get a certificate for an insurance discount cheaper somewhere else?

If your ONLY desire is to get a piece of paper “saying” that your teenager has completed some driver training in order to get a discount on your insurance, then our program is not for you. We do NOT provide our program just as a “courtesy” to the community. This is not just our summer job. We do not think it is possible to teach everything a young driver needs to know in 30 hours, much less in 2.5 to 6 hours of classroom instruction.

Instead, saving lives and helping prevent heartaches and hardships by striving to produce INTELLIGENT young drivers is our year-long passion and goal. We are constantly updating our own training and improving our program to teach the most important information using the most effective methods. We have invested greatly in textbooks, videos, brochures, props, and training to provide the best Northwest Arkansas has to offer in driver education. Parents and grandparents who have attended our classes say that even though they have driven for years, they learned a lot in our program. back to top

 
Where are the courses taught?

Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas is currently holding the classroom instruction portion of our program at our own training center at 1401 SE Walton Blvd in Bentonville. See our Calendar for the dates. Contact us if you would like Driving Academy to consider scheduling classes in your town and know of a classroom or conference room with a minimum of 1100 sq ft that would be available to use.

Students can view maps to our locations online or can call 479-621-7000 for directions. back to top

 
Whose car will be used for the Behind-the-Wheel portion of the program?

Driving Academy uses our company cars which are equipped with dual brakes. If you want to have lessons in driving a standard transmission, we are able to make exceptions and use your car, provided certain criteria are met. back to top

 
What do you hope to accomplish with me or my teen?

All of the Driving Academy’s programs will strive to develop within each participant knowledge of the provisions of the Arkansas Vehicle Code and other laws of this state relating to the operation of motor vehicles; acceptance of personal responsibility in traffic; appreciation of the causes, seriousness, and consequences of traffic collisions; and the knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles. back to top

 

What does the student need to bring to the classroom?

The most important thing to bring is a rested mind and body.  We have so much information to teach our students that they must be rested to absorb as much as possible. Also, they will need money for snacks, unless they choose to bring their own.  Details about this will be sent via email a few days before class begins.  Everything else they need in class will be provided. back to top

 
How do I get a permit?

You can download a pdf version or an audio version of the Arkansas Driver License Test Study Guide from the Arkansas State Police website.

This guide will provide further details of requirements for getting a permit and license. Teenagers, 14-17-years, must obtain a letter from their school verifying current enrollmentand that the student has a minimum 2.0 average. Homeschoolers have alternate methods of certification which are explained in the guide. back to top

 
Where do I go to get an Arkansas driving permit and/or take the driving test?

There are testing sites in Springdale, Eureka Springs, Huntsville, and Siloam Springs. Details about Springdale's Testing Center are given below. For the other locations, go to www.asp.arkansas.gov, under "Highway Patrol Division," click on "Driver's Licensing and Examination," then download the DL/CDL Test Sites PDF. Look for location and test times with Troop L.

Springdale DL Testing Center: 5084 Har-Ber Avenue

They normally accept testers for the knowledge test and the practical test (actual driving test) most Mondays-Fridays, 8 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. They are least busy first thing in the mornings. They only give the practical test when the roads are dry and visibility is good.

Their phone number is 479-751-3619.

Directions to Springdale DL Testing Center from Rogers: drive South on I-540, take the Elm Springs Exit (#73), turn right from exit ramp onto Elm Springs Road, then left onto 48th Street, and then right onto Har-Ber Avenue. The Driver License Testing Center Building will be on the right.

Directions to Springdale DL Testing Center from Fayetteville: drive North on I-540, take the Hwy 412 Exit (#72), turn left from exit ramp onto Hwy 412, turn right onto 48th Street, and then left onto Har-Ber Avenue. The Driver License Testing Center Building will be on the right. back to top

 
Where can I get an Arkansas Drivers License Test Study Guide?

You can download and print your own copy from the Arkansas State Police website.

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