Driver Education

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Classroom instruction
Our program includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, as required by law, in ten three-hour lessons. Students can start classes at age 14½, obtain their permit at age 15, and license at age 16. The classroom curriculum includes study guides, PowerPoint instruction, videos, discussion, worksheets, and interactive software. Classes focus on critical behaviors and attitudes common to teen drivers and prepare them for the Minnesota Permit Exam.

Class schedule
Classes meet Monday-Thursday in room 1406 at MHS, from 2:50-5:50 p.m. Missed lessons can be made up during the next after-school session, providing space is available.

Behind-the-Wheel instruction
Students must complete six hours of driving lessons with a Safeway instructor before taking the Minnesota Road Exam. Lessons are divided into three two-hour private lessons with a responsible, professional Safeway driving instructor. Students can be picked up from and dropped off at home, school or work. Safeway offers convenient internet behind-the-wheel scheduling. The lessons are given on actual city streets, highways and freeways. It is recommended that students take their first lesson six to eight weeks after receiving their permit. Lessons should be at least 30 days apart allowing for practice with parents in-between lessons.

Parent involvement
The Safeway website offers detailed information to help understand MN laws and the requirements for student drivers. Monthly Parent Information Classes are offered online at

$399 (Includes classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.)

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Youth Program Manager

Safeway Driving School