Session 1: For complete novices who have never driven before, we start in a parking lot with basic acceleration, braking and steering techniques. In this parking lot, we cover right and left turns and lane usage. Usually, within an hour, we can graduate to driving residential and urban roads. If this session goes well, we will move the student to the next route on their next drive.
Session 2: For students who have some familiarity with driving in Colorado, we usually start on our second route which covers seven different driving environments: residential, rural, urban, roundabouts, two lane state highway, a short time on an interstate highway with no merging, school and construction zones. We also practice backing out of parking spaces, U-turns, 3-point turns and single and multi-lane turns. There are controlled and uncontrolled intersections on all of our routes. If the student is ready, they may progress to the next route.
Session 3: On this route, we cover mountain and canyon driving, rural and residential areas, and mall parking lots. We also cover the three different types of parking: angle, perpendicular and parallel parking. On this route, we have steep grades, many warning signs for speed management on curves and downhill grades and lots of scanning practice. If the Denver driving student is ready, they may progress to the next route.
Session 4: On this last drive, we go into Downtown Denver and up Lookout Mountain. This route covers steep grades, left and right switchbacks, one-way streets, heavier traffic in the Denver downtown commercial area, construction and school zones, as well as merging onto the interstate highway. We’ll practice right on red and left on red turns, multi-lane turns and navigating one-way streets.