Teenager Driver Education

Kirshner Driving School has been in operation since 1947. Our goal is to place confident, safe drivers on the road who have a clear understanding of defensive driving. We are licensed by the State of Washington to conduct a teenage driving program, for students 15 to 18 years old.

Successful completion of the Kirshner Teenage Driving Education program will give your teen a Traffic Safety Education Certificate. This certificate allows testing with the Washington State DOL to qualify for a Washington driver's license.

Your teen must be 15 to 18 years old to qualify for our teenage program, and must be 16 years old to qualify for a state driver's license. The State of Washington Department of Licensing and the Washington State Superintendent of Public Schools has formulated guidelines for our course. Our teenage course is five weeks in length. The classroom and behind-the-wheel portions should run concurrently.

Our course consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 4 1/2 hours of in-car instruction. Additional lessons are optional for stick shift or specialized training.

Students are encouraged to attend all of our 2 hour class sessions, but may miss 3 as long as the work is made up as per the classroom instructor's requirements. The classes meet late afternoons and/or early evenings for 2 hours 3 times per week for 5 weeks. Daytime classes during the week are also offered during the summer. The classroom portion must be passed with a score of 75% or better.

Drive times, in addition to class sessions, are scheduled as much as possible at the student's convenience. The behind-the-wheel portion includes 6 or 8 private driving lessons and must be passed with a score of 80%. Students who do not show up for lessons, arrive over 15 minutes late, or fail to bring their permit are charged $25.00 to reschedule a driving lesson. All driving lessons must be completed within 90 days of the course starting date. In most cases the driving lessons will finish after the classroom portion is finished if available drive times are limited.

Each driving lesson is structured to teach new skills, such as parallel parking, backing a vehicle and lane changing. Constant drilling on defensive techniques is emphasized to all students.

Our instructional vehicles are late models and are equipped with dual brakes, air bags and special mirrors. Manual or automatic transmission instruction is available.

Our classroom and driving instructors are certified by the DOL and Superintendent of Public Schools. They bring experience, encouragement and enthusiasm to the job of teaching your teen the mechanics of driving. The defensive driving techniques that will keep him or her safe on the road are continually emphasized.

Count on Kirshner to teach your teen safe, defensive driving.

Kirshner Driving School
5321 Roosevelt Way - Seattle
8137 161st Ave NE - Redmond