Our Most Asked Questions

What if my teen is an exceptional learner or has learning challenges?

In a national 2016 survey conducted by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 6.1 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD:

  • 388,000 children aged 2–5 years
  • 4 million children aged 6–11 years
  • 3 million children aged 12–17 years
  • Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls (12.9% compared to 5.6%).
Many children with ADHD also experience additional behavioral or emotional challenges.  About 5 in 10 children with ADHD had a behavior or conduct problem, and 3 in 10 children with ADHD had anxiety. As those numbers continue to climb year over year, teachers and instructors need to learn more about these challenges in order to have a clear understanding of how children with developing minds, who are dealing with these challenges, learn and process information. DrivingMBA’s unique blend of classroom, simulation and on-road instruction can be customized to meet an individual’s learning needs.  DrivingMBA is the only driving school in the valley with two full time specialists on staff with extensive experience working with Exceptional Learners in the classroom. Exceptional Learners who come to DrivingMBA begin the program with individual, 1:1 lessons on the Driving Fundamentals Simulation lab.  This format helps the student begin the process of learning to drive in a safe and controlled environment, and allows our instructors to to assess the best course of action and curriculum for the student's success.  In some cases the student may not have reached the necessary level of maturity to begin the driving education process. In those cases, we will provide parents with preparation and pre-work that can be used to help better prepare the student for the process of learning how to drive. It is our practice to work closely with the parents of all of our students, and it is of paramount importance that parents of students with learning challenges come into this process knowing they play a significant role.   There is a great deal of research about students with challenges like ADD and ADHD and driving.  These students are much more likely to be involved in a crash than "typical" teen students. We have experience working with students with all types of disorders and diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Bi-polar, OCD, Dyslexia and many others.  Our instructors and staff are continually researching and learning about mental health challenges and exceptional learners in order to best meet the needs of these students.

What is the Parent Class and do I have to attend?

Our Parent class is a critical component of our program and meets National Standards.  Parents play a critical role in the process of their child learning to drive.  This class helps level expectations and is an opportunity for parents to learn how they can support their child throughout the process.   It is mandatory if a student is receiving a waiver for the license test at the MVD.   We have been running parent classes for years and the feedback is always extremely positive.   Yes it is a 3-hour commitment, however, it is an investment in your child’s safety.   We highly recommend this class for ALL of our parents no matter if your student is receiving a waiver or not. When parents take the time to do this class the entire experience for the student is much more effective. The program is split into 2 components.   The first half of the program focuses on information regarding novice drivers. What parents need to be aware of and thinking about as they make decisions for their teen driver and the do's and don'ts of working with novice drivers.    The second half focuses on effective communication while driving with your teen behind the wheel and tips and techniques for practicing with them. For example, how do you know when it is safe to practice on a freeway and much more.

Do I have to pick up my student from your school?

Yes, all of our appointments, simulation labs and on-road instruction are pick up and drop off at our office. It is very important that you come in after each of your student’s lessons and debrief with our trainer as this is an important piece of the instruction.  All of the research on novice driver training indicates that the parent and/or guardian play the most significant role in the process.  At DrivingMBA we are your partner in this process.  We are here to provide your student with the very best driver education and training that is based on research.  We are also here to support you in the practice that is absolutely critical for your student to develop proficiency in their skills.   We also have designed a variety of routes that start from our office.  If we were to pick up students anywhere in the valley, we would not be able to adhere to a specific curriculum and objectives because the routes would be random based on where you live vs. mapped out to teach specific skills and reach specific objectives.  At the end of every lesson, whether Simulation Lab or On-Road instruction, the traininer will provide you with:

  • Invaluable feedback on your student’s performance
  • An objective sheet with their scoring
  • Recommendations on what the student needs to work on, how much time they should practice/number of hours they should get before the next lesson

If I am paying you to teach my student how to drive, why do I have to practice with them?

Yes, even though your student is getting driver training it is absolutely necessary that they are practicing what they are learning. The state of Arizona requires 30 hours of practice, of which 10 hours must be nighttime hours. DrivingMBA recommends 100 hours of practice because studies have shown that students that spend a lot of time practicing their driving skills are less likely to be part of the overwhelming number of novice drivers that are involved in car crashes in their first year of driving. If you simply cannot practice with your student we do have a Busy Parent Package that provides a student with 30 hours of on-road instruction/practice. However, even with this package, it is highly recommended that a student do practice driving with their parents during the permit phase.

What if I want you to test my student for their license?

If a student completes 10 hours of on-road instruction, DrivingMBA will administer the skills evaluation. If the student passes the evaluation they will receive a waiver to waive the skills test at the MVD. DrivingMBA, however, does not offer on-road lessons without accompanying simulation labs. It is our overarching philosophy that students are able to develop skills in the simulation labs in a safe and controlled environment.

How can a student get their permit through DrivingMBA?

Since students are now able to take their permit test (written exam) at home, there has not been a demand for classes.  Anyone under the age of 18 can take the test at home.  Click here for more information:  Permit Test@Home.  We are currently in the process of developing an on-line action-based course that will provide students with information and activities to  help them begin forming the necessary habits and help them prepare to take the written test either at home or at the MVD.  Our goal is to launch the class before the end of 2019.   If you have an Exceptional Learner, we have a class that is conducted by a Specialist, is limited to a maximum of 4 students; is often 1:1, and is very tactile to help the student prepare for their permit test.  

What are your trainer’s credentials?

DrivingMBA trainers come from many walks of life.  We look for people that have a propensity for teaching, several of our trainers have teaching backgrounds.  We also look for individuals that can empathisize with a student and cater to a students specific learning style.  Our trainers meet both state requirements and requirements specific to DrivingMBA: State Requirements:

  • MVD certified trainers (pass an MVD test to be certified by the state)
  • Fingerprinted and required to have a background check done
DrivingMBA Requirements:
    • Fullfill DrivingMBA’s 100+ training hours that consist of observations, co-training and evaluations
    • Must attend in-services at least twice a year
    • Must pass a drug test
    • Every trainer must complete the entire DrivingMBA curriculum before they begin training students
Trainers are evaluated several times a year by a DrivingMBA lead trainer to insure they are meeting curriculum objectives and DrivingMBA’s standards of excellence.

When should a student begin their driver training?

A student is eligible for their permit when they are 15 ½ in the state of Arizona and they MUST hold it for a minimum of 6 months from the date of issue.   We recommend that a student begin their program a few weeks before they are eligible for their permit.  Students are learning the rules of the road and applying them while learning how to drive in the Driving Fundamentals simulation lab.  This process makes the rules more concrete and less abstract to a student and helps them retain the information.  We do however, want a student to get their permit shortly after completing the Driving Fundamentals simulation lab so we can begin to transfer what they've learned to the road. We ask parents to get a good deal of practice in between their on-road lessons in order for the student to gain proficiency in the skills they are learning at DrivingMBA . It is our objective to introduce more advanced strategies as they develop their skills so their lessons will get spread over a minimum of the 6-month period. If your student comes to us with 30+ hours of driving experience, they are usually eligible for our Defensive Driving package. It is our recommendation to schedule the first on-road lesson and receive feedback on the student’s skills and a recommendation as to how much time before the next lessons and when it would be appropriate to begin the Defensive Driving lab.  A student must possess a certain sill test to get the most out of the Defensive Driving course.  Our on-road instructors will report to you and to us when a student is ready to begin the Defensive Driving part of the program.

What if I got a ticket? Can I clear it through you?

DrivingMBA offers programs for novice drivers both teens and adults, commercial drivers, and Senior citizens.  We offer an on-line option for Defensive Driving for ticket dismissal.  Click here

How do you schedule appointments?

Our Beginner, Defensive Driving and On-Road lessons are scheduled in two-hour increments by appointment only. We have daytime, afternoon and evening appointments available. We are also open on Saturdays and some Sundays depending on demand.  Our Parent and Car Maintenance classes are offered at least once a month, during the week, in the evening and some Saturday’s.  The Rules of the Road permit class, the Responsibility of Driving Class and the Defensive Driving Orientation class are usually offered on Saturday’s  Our location addresses are: 9089 E. Bahia Dr., Suite 102 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 3303 South Lindsay, Suite 105 Gilbert, AZ  85297

How long must a person who is 18 years or older hold his/her permit before obtaining a license?

There are no time restrictions for adults 18 and older. But to drive with a DrivingMBA instructor you must have a current permit.  We also recommend that ANY novice driver, no matter what their age,  spend a minimum of 6 months to develop the necessary skills to navigate today’s roadways.

Does my child have to hold his/her permit for 6 months even if he goes to an Arizona driving school?

Yes, unless your child reaches the age of 18 before the 6 months is reached.  Often times 6 months is not adequate time for a student to develop the necessary skills to be safe on the road.  We always recommend to our parents to make that determination themselves and that a learners permit is good for one year and it can always be renewed if additional time is required.

How long does my child have to hold his/her permit before obtaining a Class G license?

An applicant for a class G license must have held an Arizona instruction permit for at least 6 months, or have a driver license from another state. The permit must be valid at the time of application. An applicant must also have satisfactorily completed a driver education program that is approved by MVD or the parent or guardian must certify in writing that the applicant has completed at least 30 hours of supervised driving practice, including at least 10 night hours.  The above information was obtained through the MVD of Arizona. Click here for our MVD resource link.

What is a class G license and what are the restrictions?

The class G license is a restricted license issued to anyone under the age of 18.  In July 2008, the Teenage Driver Safety Act was passed. The basic components of the law are: Permit:

  • Anyone under the age of 18 must hold their permit for 6 months.
  • While driving with their instruction permit, they must drive with a licensed driver that is 21 years or older.
License Restrictions: For the first 6 months of licensure a newly licensed driver is:
  • Restricted from driving between the hours of 12:00am and 5:00am unless coming from work or a school or church function.
  • Allowed to have only one non-family member teen in their vehicle.
  • In 2018 there was an addition of no texting and driving, however, in 2019 a hands-free law went into effect that supercedes this restriction

Will this lower my insurance rate? How much?

Most insurance agencies do accept our programs; however, the discounted rate is at the discretion of each individual company.  Other schools indicate that "you will" get an insurance break, and that may or may not be true.  Most insurance companies will provide some break for taking a driving course.  Our recommendation is that you contact your insurance agent to find out what they require in order to receive a discount.  We have established relationships with several insurance agents.  Click here to see our Insurance Partners page. At the completion of our driving program, your teen will receive a certificate that you can send into your insurance company to verify they have been through the driving program.  If your insurance company requires any additional information, please have them contact us directly.

How much does the DrivingMBA program cost?

DrivingMBA offers a lot of options because every student is different.   We are not a one-size-fits-all school.  To find out which program best fits your student and what the cost of tuition is, contact our Enrollment Counselor at 480-948-1648.  Our Enrollment Counselors will ask you some questions regarding your student in order to recommend the best program.  Depending upon your students circumstances, and which program or package you choose, the tuition can vary anywhere from $540 to $1,800 or more.  When you call our office, you can also ask the Enrollment Counselor for our "Comparison Document."  We have done our research and have put together a comparison document that will compare our training to other schools in the valley.  We would be glad to share that information with you, but we do encourage you to do your own research and ask questions about what schools offer.  For example:  What research is their program based on?  What is the training methodology you use for training instructors?  What type of on-going training do you do for your trainers?  Do you have a specified curriculum and objectives that you can share with me?  We also encourage you to visit schools and get a feel for their environment.  Sometimes, you can walk into any type of business and get a feel for whether or not it is a good fit for you.

Do you have Police Officers as trainers?

DrivingMBA hires individuals who have a teaching background or have a strong propensity for teaching.  In order to work with a student an individual must be able to develop a rapport and have the ability to 1). recognize a student’s needs and 2.) adjust to meet the needs of each individual student.  We also have several specialists on staff, individuals who are educated in, and skilled at working with students with learning challenges. We have from time to time, hired retired law enforcement personnel who we believe are good teachers.  We do not, however, seek individuals with law enforcement background.  Why?  Police Officers are taught to be aggressive drivers.  They are not always the best drivers and certainly not the best teachers.  Our objective is to find well-rounded individuals who love working with students and can foster a productive learning environment.

Is the classroom instruction mandatory for everyone?

The Rules of the Road Permit Prep Class:  An on-line course is in production and we hope to have it available by the end of the year. Responsibilities of Driving Class:  This class is designed to help student understand the magnitude of responsibility they take on when they operate a motor vehicle.  This class is mandatory for students to complete before they receive their final evaluation. The Parent/Coaching Class:  This class is highly recommended for any parent or guardian that has a student at DrivingMBA.  It helps us level expectations and work together to prepare your teenager to become a safe and responsible driver.  This class is mandatory if DrivingMBA is providing a waiver for the test at the MVD for license skills test. The Orientation to Defensive Driving Class: This class is a precursor to our Defensive Driving Simulation lab.  It provides students with the framework of concepts in Hazard Recognition, Vehicle Handling, Space and Speed Management.  These are the four key areas we've used to develop the scenarios in the Defensive Driving Lab.  This class is mandatory before they begin their defensive driving.  We are currently in the process of updating and offering this class on-line.  Right now we offer an on-line course developed by Ford Driving Skills for Life,  for those students that simply cannot schedule into our classroom.  Once our new offering is completed and on-line all students will be able to complete this requirement on-line this before they begin the defensive driving lab. The Car Maintenance Class: This class is optional and available in several of our packages.  This class is offered by our partner:  Community Tire Pros at their 32nd street facility.

Can a parent ride along for the on-road driving lesson?

Yes, and we encourage parents to do so!  It is beneficial because it allows parents to see and hear our trainers coaching methods.  The more paralleled a parent’s instruction is to our instruction, the easier it is for a student to learn how to drive.  We recommend that a parent come on the second lesson.  Often a student is really nervous on their first lesson and having their parent in the back, may just increase their nervousness.  We also recommend parents take our Parent Class to learn more about teenagers and driving and how to work with your teen during the practice phase of the process.

Can a novice driver purchase only on-road instruction from your school?

There are plenty of schools that offer classroom and on-road instruction.  We do not.  We have a strong belief in the use of simulation to develop safer, more responsible drivers.  The reason is simple.  The national average of young drivers involved in a collision in their first year is well above 50%.    Based on an on-going survey we conduct of our graduate students, less than 12% of DrivingMBA graduates have been in any type of crash their first year. Those are GREAT odds and we believe that utilizing simulation in the training process plays a major role in this reduction.

I am looking for the cheapest program and fastest way to get my teenager licensed. Will you beat any competitor’price?

The answer is simple – there are no competitors that offer the type of training that we offer.  We provide high value with exceptional customer service for a reasonable price.  If cost is the only factor that you are basing your decision on, then we are not the school for you.   There is nothing quick about our training for a new driver whether they are a teenager or an adult.   We schedule around you, but we require a lot of time and practice as part of the process.  Learning to drive is no different than learning anything else, you have to apply what you learn and practice in order to master the skill. This is not one of those decisions that should be made based on the criteria of cheap, easy and fast.  If those are the ONLY factors you are considering, then you should call another school.  There are several around the valley that can accommodate that criteria. You must remember that at the end of the day, this is your child.  Consider the costs of insurance, hospitalization and long-term care, or worst of all, funeral costs.

Why wouldn’t I buy a program that does closed course work and uses a skid car?

Several years ago we partnered with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Closed course programs can compliment our training, however, new research has indicated they might not be a good option for a novice driver.  When the Bondurant folks came to DrivingMBA they saw and experienced how simulation could teach students skills that even they could not teach in skid cars or in a closed course. Even on a closed course you cannot put students in situations such as head-on collision or a tire blow out at 65+ mph. The highest speed you can achieve in a skid car is 30 mph, so it is in fact a simulation.  N-Control driving school claims they do not use simulation because drivers have to "feel the maneuvers" that simply is not true.  It is muscle memory that is being developed in a novice driver and their "Car Control Clinic" in a skid car is in fact simulation.  Is it useful, of course, but can it provide a student with the experience of getting into a collision, figuring out what they did wrong and learning from it -it cannot, a simlator can. On a simulator a student can experience a skid at high speed and learn to recover from it.   Are closed course programs useful?  The studies I mentioned at the beginning are indicating that these courses give young drivers a false sense of confidence which can lead to over confidence in a young driver.  They may come away thinking "I can handle higher speeds because I learned how to maneuver at faster speeds."On a simulator, do we have them speed?  Yes, but do they crash? Yes. They learn that they and their vehicles have limitations.  Closed course is all about high performance.  Those courses are better suited for adult drivers that have been driving for many years.  There is nothing like a simulated environment where you can face the unimaginable and live to learn from it. Driving on a freeway at 65 mph, having a student text the instructor and all of a sudden the vehicle in front of them comes to a screeching halt, is a teachable moment that does not present itself in any other medium. The best of the best is to sign up for our D.R.I.V.E. Certification package. This package provides a student with:  14 hours of simulation – 8 hours in the Driving Fundamentals simulation lab, 6 hours  in the defensive driving simulation lab, 7.0 hours of classroom, 10 hours of on-road instruction.   This package also includes a class for parents as well as a hands-on car maintenance class.   This package is the best possible training your child can receive.  Payment plans are available.  DrivingMBA has had parents bring students from other states and countries to experience our training.  I don't believe that is true for any other driving school in the state, or the country for that matter! There are some closed course programs that are free or are available at a reasonable cost such as B.R.A.K.E.S.   Ford Motor Company offers Driving Skills for Life, and there may be others, however, they are only available when they come to the city you live in.  These programs travel from city to city throughout the year.

What’s the point of simulation?

The point of simulation is to give students hands-on instruction, without the risk of actually being on the road. Our equipment is state of the art technology, they are not video games.  Think of it as the same principle that is used in teaching pilots how to fly an airplane.  While our competitors will make a point to tell you they "don't use simulation," the question I would ask is why?   A student can develop significant skill before ever being on the road.  Why wouldn't you start there?  I have had instructors that have worked for other schools and they are always amazed at how much more skilled and prepared a student coming out of the Driving Fundamentals lab is vs. a student that is going on the road for the first time or if they have driven with their parent.  You can put students in all types of situations that simply cannot be duplicated on a course and certainly not on the road.  Pilots learn to fly a plane in simulators before they ever get into a cock pit,  doctors and nurses are trained on simulators before working on real patients, truck drivers and many professional drivers learn on simulators, so why not for the novice driver?   The use of simulation is a widely used form of training and is highly effective tool in the learning process.  DrivingMBA utilizes a comprehensive approach to develop driving skills, good driving habits and critical decision-making that are required to navigate today’s roadways and the simulation labs are at the core of our model.

Why DrivingMBA’s simulator training?

Getting a driver’s license is a high water mark in a teen’s life, but it also marks the deadliest period they will ever spend, statistically, on the highway. How do we ready them for the crowded roads and aggressive drivers who can make driving harrowing for mature drivers? DrivingMBA’s unique instruction model utilizes state-of-the-art driving simulators. While training on a driving simulator, a teen can experience the impact of split-second decisions while behind the wheel and the consequences of delayed reactions or responses. In a virtual vehicle, a teen can drive in rain, sleet, snow or dead of night, on winding mountain roads and frenetic superhighways. And any mistakes, crashes or injuries are also virtual. The Learning Pyramid illustrates that students retain only a small percentage of information while being lectured to, or even while reading to themselves. The average learning retention goes up when a skill is being demonstrated to them, and it jumps even higher when students discuss information that they have learned.  However, the greatest retention occurs when a student is actually practicing a skill, in this case the average learning retention is 75%. Simulation is used in all types of industries to train employees, and is a critical step in pilot and often in military and police training.  Why wouldn't it be a useful tool in learning how to drive.  An instructor can have their full attention on a student while on a simulator.  On the road, the instructor's focus is split between the student and the road ahead in order to keep the student and themselves out of harms way.

How long does the program typically last?

This isn't a question we like to answer, because the real answer to this is:  it depends on many variables.  Our driver training programs are structured so that we have touch points with you and our student during the permit phase.  Depending on when you start the program, which program or package you choose, the entire program can take anywhere from a few weeks to 1 year, or longer to complete.  It will depend on how much practice you are getting in between lessons and how your student is progressing through the program. We are not in the business of running students through our driving school and tossing them on the road. Speed is not our goal or intention.  With the cooperation of the student, parent, and our trainers, our goal is to develop competent, safe and defensive drivers, no matter how long it takes.  We ask parents not to put an "arbitrary date" on when the course needs to be completed and we implore you not to put a lot of emphasis on a student's 16th birthday.  Your student may or may not be ready to be a solo driver when they turn 16.   All of our indicators are towards readiness, not dates and eligibility.  Recent research also indicates that many students feel pressured to get their license and the pressure is not coming from their peers, but from their parents.  Don't be those parents, do what is in the best interest of your child and provide them with training and practice that has the potential to keep them safe and alive.  If your main objective is to get it done quickly, then DrivingMBA is not the school for you.