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About Drive Right Academy, Inc.

Drive Right Academy, Inc. was established by High School Educators in November 2009. What originally started as a way to fill an educational void when local high schools began to drop drivers education from their curriculum, has lead to over a decade of educating student drivers in Northeast Indiana. 

Our Driving Instructors
We understand that putting your child in a car with a stranger can be a nerve raking experience. Our instructors have well over 100 years of classroom experience and driver education experience. We believe that the most successful driving instructors are those that have actual classroom experience with young people. Our training and expertise in education and instructing young people is what sets our company apart. Our instructors have all dedicated their lives to the education of our children. The skills and traits that make a great classroom teacher are invaluable when it comes to instructing future drivers.  

We take our job of training drivers very seriously and every instructor has undergone a criminal background check and have been credentialed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. We look forward to the opportunity to train and instruct your student to become the safest driver they can be.

Locations
Drive Right Academy currently offers driver education in Northeast Indiana:
  -- Allen County (primarily meeting at Carroll HS)
  -- DeKalb County (primarily meeting at DeKalb HS)
  -- LaGrange County (primarily meeting at Prairie Heights HS)
  -- Noble County (primarily meeting at East Noble HS)
  -- Steuben County (primarily meeting at Angola HS)

Safety
Safety is our number one priority when it comes to educating your child. Since we launched in 2009, we are please to report that we have zero accidents during our behind-the-wheel lessons.
About Indiana Driver Education Requirements 
and Licensing Requirements

Indiana Driver Education

The Indiana driver education course consists of two parts:
1) 30-hours of classroom instruction (which can be completed either in a classroom setting or done online) and
2) 6-hours of hands-on driving with a licensed instructor (behind-the-wheel training).

To complete driver education, a student must complete both parts.


Learner Permit Requirements

Eligibility to obtain learner's permit:
  --  15 years of age with drivers' education
     -- must be enrolled in a Driver Education program
     -- must pass the BMV Knowledge Exam
  --  16 years of age without drivers' education
      -- must pass the BMV Knowledge Exam


Probationary Drivers' License Requirements

Eligibility to obtain Probationary Drivers' License permit:
  -- 16 years and 90 days with drivers' education 
     -- must have held your Learner's Permit for at least 180 days
     -- must have successfully completed both parts of Drivers' Education
     -- must have completed the 50 hours of Supervised Driving Log
     -- must be able to pass the BMV Driving Skills Exam
  -- 16 years and 270 days without drivers' education
     -- must have held your Learner's Permit for at least 180 days
     -- must have completed the 50 hours of Supervised Driving Log
     -- must be able to pass the BMV Driving Skills Exam


Probationary Drivers' Licence Restrictions

Time Restrictions

For the first 180 days after obtaining you probationary drivers license, you may not drive between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

After the initial 180 days have lapsed and up to the age of 21 years, you may not drive during the following hours unless you participating in, going to, or returning from: a) lawful employment, b) a school-sanctioned activity, c) a religious event, or d) accompanied by an individual with valid driving privileges that is at least 25 years of age, or is your spouse who is at least 21 years of age and has valid driving privileges:
  -- Sunday through Thursday: after 11:00 PM
  -- Monday through Friday: before 5:00 AM
  -- Saturday and Sunday: between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM

Cell Phones / Texting

Indiana prohibits individuals under the age of 21 years from using any type of telecommunication device for any purpose while operating a vehicle except for making emergency calls.

Passenger Restrictions

Up to age of 21 years, no passengers for the first 180 days unless accompanied by:
  -- a licensed driver that is 25 years of age or older with valid driving privileges;
  -- your spouse who is at least 21 years of age or older with valid driving privileges; or
  -- a licensed instructor.
  -- exemptions to this rule are a sibling, step-sibling, or child.

Penalties for Violations
  -- can vary from a ticket, up to infractions and fines, or worst, loss of driving privileges.



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