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General
Where do your classes take place?
How long is the class?
Do you use my car or do you supply them?
When do you offer training?
Is this SkidSchool?
What is the cost of training, are there payment plans?
What is covered in the training?
Can you train on a Learner's Permit?
What if there is bad weather the day of my course?
Who offers insurance discounts?
Can I get a duplicate for a lost graduation certificate?
Can I fail the class?
What's the best location to train at?
What is your cancellation / reschedule policy?
Where can I get directions to your facility?
Do you offer private lessons?
Is distracted driving (and specifically text messaging) covered in your course?
Is it better to train in the snow?
What is your winter or snow course and how do I sign up?
What is your privacy policy?
What is your online security policy?

 
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General

Where do your classes take place?
Please visit our location page for details on our training facilities.

How long is the class?
Our All Ages, Family and Senior Classes last 4.5 hours. Commercial classes start at 4.5 hours and can go to a full day or longer based on the needs of that client.

Do you use my car or do you supply them?
Our All Ages, Family and Senior Classes use our vehicle exclusively. You really do not want to perform these drills in your vehicle (we go through a set of tires every 7 days). Commercial clients may elect to introduce their van, truck, etc for a portion of our training, but we do most of their program in our vehicles to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on their equipment. The safety maneuvers we train translate from our vehicle to all vehicles on the road smaller than tractor trailers. The maneuvers are the same whether you have front wheel drive, manual transmission, etc. We will spend time training you on non-ABS brakes, but we will also spend time trying to convince you to stay away from non-ABS vehicles.

When do you offer training?
Training is offered Saturdays, Sundays, Weekdays and some holidays. We offer regular training at some facilities and bi-monthly visits at others. Please see our schedule for a live calendar. Classes are generally offered at 8am or 1pm, but make sure to refer to your registration email for the exact class time.

Is this SkidSchool?
For years we were one of two vendors who performed training across the state for the Massachusetts Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation.  The auto dealers' program was promoted as SkidSchool and families paid the foundation directly and then came to our facilities for instruction.  In 2008, as the economy was starting to hurt auto dealerships, the SkidSchool program was cut.  Over the years, we had heard a lot of negative feedback from some families about the term Skid School and while we all agreed that it's a catchy title, we found many families were turned off by the concept.  As a result, we avoid referring to what we do as Skid School.  Please keep in mind, there are a lot of organizations out there using this term now, only Stevens Advanced Driver Training in upstate NH comes close to what we do.  We are recognized as uniquely dedicated to only the best training methods in this industry and hope that you are not mislead into attending a course held at an unsafe location or at speeds so low that they create a false sense of security.  It's great to hear big companies talk about the dangers of driving for young people, but we are often disappointed in how diluted their hands-on programs are.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions about other training resources.

What is the cost of training, are there payment plans?
All Ages, Family and Senior Classes are $350 for the first family member and (thanks to support from private donations) $250 for each additional family member. In most cases you should be able to recoup the cost of training through available insurance discounts (not to mention avoiding crashes in the first place). If money is an issue, we offer a payment plan of $24.99/month

What is covered in the training?
This closed course, hands-on training focuses on the most likely crash scenarios and how to avoid them. Check out our course overview section for more information.

Can you train on a Learner's Permit?
Absolutely, in fact we prefer to see new drivers before they get their license. It’s important to note that you should come see us in the last few weeks or months prior to going for your license test, do not come in the first few days of driving. You need to have the basic driving skills down before we work on more advance concepts. Incidentally, if you’ve had your license 1, 2, 5, 10+ years, you’re not necessarily out of the woods or skilled. Car crashes are the #1 cause of death under age 45 and the #1 unnatural cause of death for all ages in the U.S.

What if there is bad weather the day of my course?
As long as it is safe to travel to our class, we will train. In rare circumstances (generally blizzards) we will update our outgoing voicemail and email you if a class is cancelled. We drive in the rain, so we train in the rain (and you’ll be inside or in a car most of the time…so you shouldn’t get too wet).

Who offers insurance discounts?
In Massachusetts (as of early 2012) over 90% of the insurance market offers discounts for new drivers (generally the first 3-6 years). Over 50% of the insurance market offers discounts for drivers of all ages. We encourage you to call your insurance agent and if they are unaware or do not currently have a discount filed, have them contact us. At this point, they are missing the boat with everyone else AND we’re happy to share the details and benefits of our program. Trainees outside Massachusetts generally have a variety of discounts available as many of the national insurance carriers offer defensive driving discounts and we have qualified every time a carrier has contacted us to get details on our program.

Can I get a duplicate for a lost graduation certificate?
Yes, please visit www.DriveInControl.org/Proof to request this.

Does everyone pass the course?
No, if you are unable to complete the course we offer you the option of taking the class again or a two hour private lesson to improve in the area you had difficulty with. Graduation certificates are only awarded to trainees who can complete the entire course. In 25,000 graduates we have failed only a few dozen trainees. Typically those participants visited us within weeks of getting their Learner's Permit and lacked basic driving skills OR more recently we have seen an influx of mature drivers who lacked the reaction time and strength to had minor emergency situations. It’s worth noting that many of these senior drivers were grateful to learn that they were not as safe a driver as they thought. Note: In Control only reports graduates of our program to the Department of Transportation, we do not track those that do not get a graduation certificate.

What's the best location to train at?
Our course is the same regardless of the location you choose. We recommend you choose the location nearest you or that meets your schedule demands (particularly if you live closest to a site we visit bi-monthly)

What is your cancellation / reschedule policy?
If you choose to reschedule for any reason, we request at least seven days’ notice. Requests can be initiated through our website by following instructions found in your confirmation email(s). Requests to reschedule prior to seven days are done with no financial penalty. Requests to reschedule within seven days of your training date result in a $50 per person reschedule fee. A failure to contact us prior to your training date to request to reschedule will result in a $100 per person reschedule fee. Registrations made within seven days of our class, but more than a day before training, are granted a 24 hr grace period from the time of registration where you can reschedule without penalty. In the event of a blizzard or some other weather that makes travel to our site dangerous, no reschedule fee will be charged.

While we do not offer course refunds, we will issue you a non-transferable gift certificate valid for seven years from the original date of registration after any applicable reschedule fees are paid.

Where can I get directions to your facility?
Our facilities can be tricky to find as they are often off the beaten path. Please review the driving directions included in your online registration. If you are late to a class, you may not be able to train particularly if you miss the initial safety presentation. (Note: late trainees are subject to our reschedule policy above).

Do you offer private lessons?
Private lessons are available to all graduates and we encourage you to discuss your private lesson desires with the coordinator during your group training. In rare instances we will offer private lessons to individuals who have not completed our regular training, but 99.9% of the time we require attendance of our group class first. Private lessons take place at our facilities and some facilities may not be accessible for non-group events. Contact us with questions or additional details.

Is distracted driving (and specifically text messaging) covered in your course?
Absolutely, In Control has been training drivers to avoid distracted driving and text messaging since our inception. We generally provide drivers a greater appreciation of the risks in driving and have a great track record for showing "texters" that they are not as invincible as they think they are.

Is it better to train in the snow?
Ironically training on a dry or rainy day is a lot better than initially training in the snow. Many drivers tell us they are waiting until the snow falls to come see us, but actually training our training in less slippery weather allows us to drive the vehicles a little faster. Faster speeds equal greater g-forces, so the ability to control the vehicle requires a little more effort and a greater appreciation of that power is realized. Basically, you’ll learn how to drive better in the snow regardless of when you train with us, but if you only take our snow class your expertise in driving may be limited to slippery roads.

What is your winter or snow course and how do I sign up?
If you have more than five years of driving experience you can sign up for our snow class email alerts here. If you have less than five years experience, we expect you to graduate from our all ages or family class before you sign up for a snow class. Once we have Mother Nature’s cooperation, we email everyone and it’s a first come, first serve opportunity to sign up. Only some locations allow for snow classes and there are over 6,000 people on the list, so register quick once you see that email.

What is your privacy policy?
We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. We may collect personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page(s) you visited. We will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.  When a portion of your enrollment fee is underwritten by a sponsor, we may share personally identified information with that sponsor to confirm eligibility or to allow them to contact you for feedback.  Additionally, all Massachusetts residents who graduate the program are reported to the Department of Transportation - Registry of Motor Vehicles per MA REG 540 CRM 23.00.

What is your online security policy?
Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.

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