Learning how to drive is an important step towards independence and it comes with much responsibility. Epic has a strong on-the-road program based on the principles of safety and knowledge. Our instructors follow a comprehensive driving lesson curriculum adjusting each lesson based on the individual needs. Students at different skill levels are equally welcome to sign up. Our instructors have experience working with beginners, students with disabilities or experienced drivers who just need some tips to do well on their road test.
How to Book Driving Lessons
Use your purchase code to book your driving lessons at the Epic location you registered for.
We recommend that students space out their driving lessons to give themselves time to practice the skills learned. In between lessons, you should practice for at least 4 hours outside of the school before your next lesson.
Experience students can choose if they want to divide their programs in one or two-hour lessons. We recommend that students with little or no driving experience book one-hour lessons to ease them into driving.
RESCHEDULING a driving lesson is done through the original e-mail confirmation for the lesson. Find the email confirmation and click on “Change/Cancel Appointment” to choose a new date/time or cancel the lesson. You will not be able to change a lesson within 24-hours from the lesson time (48-hours for Monday lessons).
Driving Lesson Requirements
***Due to COVID19, masks may be required by our driving instructor during the lesson***
Students must have a valid permit or a driver’s license.
Students must complete a student application before starting a driving lesson program
When purchasing an office-lesson package, students are able to book lessons in one of our meeting locations in Ansonia, Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Ridgefield, West Hartford or West Haven. Other service towns do not have office locations.
Pick-up lessons are only available in two-hour increments. Students wishing to take one hour lessons are asked to book lessons at our offices. Students are asked to actively look for the instructor in the selected address. Some locations are hard to find and if the student is outside, it makes it easier to meet the instructor.
Meeting Your Driving Instructor
If you have a driving hour and the office is closed, please wait with a parent for the instructor to return at your scheduled time. If the instructor is late beyond the scheduled time, please call the school. Lessons may be booked outside office hours and instructors are booked on back-to-back lessons and will return for your appointment. If you leave, you will be charged a no-show fee. If the instructor is late, you will receive credit for the time you missed on the day of the lesson if the calendar allows or in a future lesson.
Driving Lesson Curriculum
Hour 01: Residential Driving: Pre-drive/entry check, vehicle controls, hand positions, reverse
Hour 02: Residential Driving: Basic driving skills, distance mgmt, visual lead, checking behind, turning maneuvers
Hour 03: Residential & County Roads: Lane changes, intersections, right of way, speed control
Hour 04: City Driving: Turning around, reverse parking (left/right), forward parking
Hour 05: City Driving: Parking (reverse, forward, parallel), three-point turn
Hour 06: Highway Driving: Highway (if student is ready), heavy traffic
Hour 07: Review: Focus on student’s areas of difficulty
Hour 08: DMV Road Test Preparation
Please discuss with your instructor in the beginning of your lessons if you have any specific skill you would like to focus on. The curriculum is adjusted based on the student's skill level. The school will communicate with families when students are unable to attain the skills taught during the lesson.
If a student driver cannot make it to a driving lesson, arrives 15+min late, do not have a valid permit/license, a no-show fee is accessed to cover instructor’s time.
Epic Driving School follow DMV and BOE recommendations to cancel driving lessons due to weather conditions. We typically do not cancel lessons based on rain or if it snows lightly.
If an instructor becomes unavailable due to medial or personal issues, we will seek to find a substitute instructor. In rare cases where that is not possible, the school will contact students to inform and reschedule.