We invite you to meet our instructors and talk with us. Your education in safe and competent driving is our number one priority. Because of this, each of our instructors has the most training available, including certification by SKIDCAR System Inc. (we are the only driving school in Alaska with this certification. Our instructors have gone thru the same certification as the Anchorage Police Department and Alaska State Troopers SKIDCAR instructors).
Your instructor is well versed in Anchorage Municipal traffic laws (Title 9) and Alaska traffic laws as well as the code of federal regulations.
Teen drivers may qualify for an insurance discount. Please check with your insurance agent.
New Driver "How to Drive" Basic class:
No experience required (but you must have an AK learner's permit).
8 hours of classroom training in a setting that is tailor made for the New Driver (Based on AAA's How To Drive curriculum). The 8 hours of classroom time is done in 2 sessions at 4 hours on Fridays and 4 hours on Sundays.
4 hours driving in our fully immersive, full motion virtual reality driving simulator (1 hour a day for 4 days). Students who first attend simulator training have a much greater advantage when moving into an actual vehicle. We have been running this program for 2 years now, and have seen incredible results in comparison to the older model of training.
8 hours of training in our dual control vehicle (2 hours a day for 4 days)
State of AK road exam can be included if the student is qualified (Teens 16 years to 17 years old must have 40 hours driving experience with no less than 6 months on their Alaska learner's permit including at least 10 hours of experience driving in challenging conditions such as night driving, rain, or snow).
Total training time: 16 hours (20 hours if VR Simulator training is included)
Part I: Fridays 5pm to 9pm (4000 W DIMOND)
Part II: Sundays 3pm to 7pm (4000 W DIMOND)
Both part I and part II must be completed for the New Driver program.
Driving times (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday):
SUMMER: 8am to 10am • 10:30am to 12:30pm • 1:30pm to 3:30pm • 4pm to 6pm • 6:30pm to 8:30pm
SPRING, FALL, WINTER:
8:30am to 10:30am • 11am to 1pm • 2pm to 4pm • 4:30pm to 6:30pm • 7pm to 9pm
Driving Simulator: 1 hour per day for 4 days, client meets the instructor at our office for these lessons (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, options on other days may be arranged when possible)
An additional 4 days of training may be purchased at a discounted rate.
New Driver Classroom:
No experience required (but you must have an AK learner's permit).
8 hours of classroom training in a setting that is tailor made for the New Driver (using the How To Drive curriculum).
Driving Simulator (full motion, sound and 3 dimensional driving simulator using full motion feedback in chassis, pedals, and steering wheel with virtual reality headset to create a real to life driving experience): 1 hour a day for 4 days
8 hours of training in our dual control vehicle (2 hours a day for 4 days).
Total training time: 16 hours or 20 hours (depending on wether student attends simulator driving lessons)
Adverse Conditions / vehicle handling in low traction:
Please ask about our military discount and multiple student discount (due to the programs operating costs, some discounts may not be combined with other discounts, please call for details).
For students who have attended our basic course, we offer a reduced rate for a second week (4 days at 2 hours per day) or third week of training. Please call us for current pricing.
We recommend carefully considering your experience level and make sure your expectations are realistic for what you hope to achieve. The basic 16 hour (or 20 hour) course may be all you need. The more time you spend with an instructor, the more you will be able to refine your skills.
There is only so much that can be accomplished in 8 hours of driving practice. To evaluate a students preparedness we want to see that they can confidently be able to drive anywhere in Anchorage, including parallel parking downtown unassisted, planning routes, and conduct a vehicle safety inspection (check fluids, tires, lights, etc.).
If the new driver can plan a route from their home to a destination downtown, stop for fuel, demonstrate knowledge of what to inspect on the vehicle and then is able to locate a safe place to park on the street downtown, and return to their home, completely unassisted, they should be ready to drive alone.
30 Minutes - We offer State of Alaska 3rd party road exams to non-students and students. Our examiners have been trained and certified by the State of Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles.
Please call for current pricing of road exams. We do offer a discount to our New Driver program students.
(Students of Alaska Safe Driver Academy LLC are offered the use of our vehicles at no charge for their road exam at our facility only.)
It is illegal for any driver training school to guarantee that a person will achieve a drivers license due to taking training.
A note on our policy for road exams: We believe, as does the DMV, that the instructor should never test the student they trained. The student's safety as well as the safety of the general public depends on the highest ethical standards. Once training has been completed, a student may take a road exam for a driver's license at the DMV or any third party examiner. If the student wishes to take a road exam with us, they will have a different examiner than the instructor that trained them.
100% of your training time is dedicated to your driver education. We do not conduct a road exam during the student's lesson time. While it may be convenient for a driving school to do this, we feel that it is stealing from the student. Whether you pay for 2 hours or 8 hours of training, please know that you will get the full training time that you paid for.
This is true with our SKIDCAR training as well. We don't want you to try to learn everything all at once. If you are a new driver, please know that you will be allowed to practice the skills necessary to learn to drive. Once you have the basics down, we can move on to more advanced skills.
AlaskA Safe Driver Academy LLC
Our New driving class is designed specifically for new drivers (less than 5 years experience, adults or teens). We use the American Automotive Association "How To Drive" curriculum (designed for new drivers) rather than the Driver Improvement class (which is not intended for new drivers).
This allows us to teach directly to the teen or adult NEW driver. Your education is our top priority!
Graduates of our driving academy are taught:
Vehicle inspection, understand basic vehicle maintenance;
drivers responsibilities (both legal and ethical);
parking maneuvers (straight parking, parallel parking - this includes parallel parking downtown when possible, reverse and angle when possible);
close references for accurate assessment of the vehicles operational space (using references taught in the How To Drive curriculum);
proper speed control, following distances, spacing in traffic;
braking, acceleration, and cornering techniques;
traffic laws and traffic control devices (roundabouts, flashing yellow arrow, right-on-red are just a few examples);
safe lane changing and merging techniques,
collision avoidance and crash management;
drug and alcohol effects on drivers;
distracted driving effects on drivers (texting particularly);
drowsy driving and emotions effects on drivers.
Graduates of our SKIDCAR course are taught:
How to maintain control of their vehicle in all conditions;
how skids occur (front wheel, rear wheel and all wheel);
how to correct each type of skid;
how to prevent skids from occurring;
crash management/ collision avoidance;
proper steering techniques;
proper use of eyes (stress effects your vision!).
Alaska Safe Driver Academy llc is the only civilian agency to teach these SKIDCAR techniques to civilians in Alaska. The only other opportunity to learn these safety measures are thru officer training with Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police Department in their SKIDCAR training, which is not open to the public.
More training time can really make the difference in a new drivers successful move to being an independent driver.
We look forward to helping you!