1ST CHOICE DRIVING ACADEMY
Getting You Road Ready
In preparing our children for the safest future, 1st Choice Driving Academy is pioneering the field of driver education through our dedication and commitment to our students’ needs. We offer a unique educational experience designed to enhance intellectual growth and to teach safe driving skills. We welcome all prospective students for a visit anytime.
6019 Columbus Pike
Lewis Center, OH 43035
(inquire for details)
Monday thru Friday 10AM-5PM
House Bill 74 will go into effect on July 1, 2021. This includes the provision that students must complete all 24 hours of either the classroom classes or the online course before completing their driving portion. Students who have already begun their classroom classes or online course prior to July 1, 2021 will be grandfathered from the rule.
What this means for 1st Choice Driving Academy students:
Starting with the July 5th class set, classroom students will be placed on the in-car waitlist in order of payment received date.
Starting July 1st, online students who start their online on/after July 1st may be put on the in-car waitlist when they turn in their “24 Hour Completion Certificate” from the on-line course to our office. ***Registration and payment must be completed from our website prior to coming to the office to ensure your students paperwork is ready.***
NOTICE FOR CLASSROOM STUDENTS***Starting July 5th***Class Orientation MUST be attended by a parent and the student on the 1st class from approximately 4:00pm to 4:15pm to complete registration and paperwork. If a parent and the student do not attend the orientation a $20 fee will be accessed. If the Class Orientation cannot be attended, please notify the office prior to the 1st class to make other arrangements to complete registration and paperwork.
Making a Difference
At 1st Choice Driving Academy we are a family owned business proudly providing to Delaware, OH, Powell, OH, Lewis Center, OH, Worthington, OH and other surrounding areas a service that is near and dear to our hearts. This life adventure started from us being in the exact position you are in, looking for a good program to assist you and your child with driver education. We are here to help your child become a responsible, safe driver and too successfully achieve the privilege of having a drivers license. 1st Choice Driving Academy provides an enriched classroom learning environment that can be started as early as 15 yr 5 mo. Students can procure their permit at 15 yr 6 mo to begin behind-the-wheel with our instructors that are dedicated to helping students achieve a higher level of driving ability and understanding. It's really not about us, it's all about the students! Give us a call if you need more information.
VDA at 1st Choice Driving Academy
We have partnered with the State of Ohio to provide our students with a Virtual Driving Assessment. Student/Parent will be asked to participate. Students are expected to do a VDA after 1st drive lesson and prior to last drive lesson.
The VDA will provide:
• Standardized, objective, and unbiased assessment to compliment driver training
• Stress-testing new drivers in nationally recognized common and serious crash scenarios
• Delivers detailed, personalized feedback
Self-directed, and can be completed in < 15 minutes
Further information will be provided at time of scheduling.
1ST CHOICE AT A GLANCE
NO WAIT REGISTRATION SIMPLIFIED
At 1st Choice Driving Academy we know schedules are busy. We have simplified registration and scheduling as much as we could. All you have to do is click the "Register" button and fill out the short form and submit. Next you click the "Purchase" button located on this page or "Pricing" at the top of the page and then choose the service you are looking for. In-cars will be scheduled once your student has completed either the classroom classes or received their 24 Hour certificate from the on-line provider and submitted it to our office.
At our newly remodeled facility you will feel right at home in a safe and comfortable learning environment. Our late model vehicles are professionally decaled to provide the highest level of visibility to ensure the students safety.
MEET THE FAMILY
Our family is dedicated to providing your family the best possible experience as we partner together in creating safe Ohio drivers.
CLASSROOM/BTW & BTW ONLY FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
Instructor, Dennis Bowman and his highly trained team of instructors at 1st Choice Driving Academy go out of their way to engage the students and inspire them to inquire and learn. This class consists of 10 units of state provided curriculum that can be completed in 8 -3 hour classes. The classes are Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 7:15pm and run on a rolling schedule. We do ask for a 2 week commitment to get the classes completed. Class 1 must be the first attended class and class 8 must be the last attended class. Included with the traditional class package is the 8 hour BTW. We are limited to the number of students that can
attend so a seat must be confirmed for your student.
NOTICE***Starting July 5th***Class Orientation MUST be attended by a parent and the student on the 1st class from approximately 4:00pm to 7:15pm to complete registration and paperwork. If a parent and the student do not attend the orientation a $20 fee will be accessed. If the Class Orientation cannot be attended, please notify the office prior to the 1st class to make other arrangements to complete registration and paperwork.
The BTW can also be purchased separately for those students who are taking the online course. We take the certificates from all Ohio approved on-line providers.
The BTW drive sessions allow the student to practice and experience driving with a state certified instructor. The drives consist of 4-2 hour sessions and include maneuverability on every lesson (weather permitting).
**Please be advised that on-line students must have the original 2 hour enrollment certificate from the on-line provider and have turned it in to our office prior to the first in-car session for those who started their course before July 1st, 2021.
Hurry and purchase now - there are limited spaces for class and drive times. Give us a call today if you want to learn more or click button below to purchase.
On-line scheduling is currently unavailable. Once you are paid you can schedule your drive times by calling our office at 614-907-5903.
**Notice To Parents**
Please be advised that it is a State of Ohio requirement that students under the age of 18 must do a minimum of 50 hours of drive time, 10 hours of this being at night, with a parent or guardian. We require a minimum of 20 hours of this requirement be done with the parent or guardian prior to the in-car instruction with our instructors.
Also, per state code, there is a 6 month time limit for your student to complete the program whether it is classroom and drive or drive only. The 6 months starts on the day you sign the training agreement. If the agreement is not completed within the 6 months the student must start over and purchase again.
Our classes consist of 8-3 hour sessions. They are held Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm to 7:15pm. Class 1 must be attended first and class 8 must be attended last. Please click the calendar button below to view the classroom schedule.
ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATION
We are partnering with a top online class instruction provider, iGottaDrive, to provide the convenience of accessing your driver education anytime and anywhere. Our goal is to spur our students’ curiosity and allow them to learn at their own pace by providing this convenient service. With this option there are 2 certificates that the student will receive through the US Postal service. Per state code, the student MUST turn in to our office the 2 hour enrollment certificate and have all paperwork signed by the parent/guardian PRIOR to their first in-car session date for those who started their course prior to July 1st, 2021. The 24 hour completion certificate must be turned in to receive our certificate that allows the student to take the license exam. After July 1st, 2021 the 24hour certificate must be turned in to schedule in-car lessons.
To get registered with iGottaDrive please use the button below.
Starting July 1, 2017, adults age 18 years and older who have never held a driver license before and who fail their first attempt at the maneuverability and/or road test are required to take an Abbreviated Adult Training Course. A completion certificate showing successful completion of the course (both classroom/on-line and driving) must be presented to the testing station before a second attempt at the Ohio driving test can be done. For more information or to sign up for the on-line class option click the button below.
Adult driving lessons are available. You can choose a package of 4-2 hour driving sessions (total of 8 hrs) or individual 2 hr sessions are available for purchase. Fill out the registration form then select "Purchase" and then select "Adult Drive Only" or "2 hour Drive Time" option.
For more information on our courses, rates and availability, feel free to contact us.
How To Get Started
50 Hour Afidavidt