What is a Hybrid Class?
Our lessons are longer because students receive 45 minutes to 60 minutes of in-car classroom instruction while driving. This greatly increases retention. It is important that students learn why they are doing something, rather than just how to do something. The more knowledge they have the more likely they won't develop bad habits after drivers training.
How does this compare with other schools?
With all driving schools there is a driving portion and a classroom portion. The classroom sessions are separate from the driving in that students go to a class for a few hours and then later they drive - but how much later? In a typical driver education school students learn how to do driving maneuvers and techniques in the classroom and then are expected to remember these maneuvers and techniques later when driving. For example a classroom instructor might discuss how to complete a yielding left turn at a traffic light in the classroom and then expect the student to remember when driving many days later! This is not a good way to learn. With Ultra Safe specific maneuvers & techniques including their pros and cons along with the driving laws applied to them are discussed in the vehicle just before the student performs the action. Ultra Safe brings classroom content and instruction into the driving portion for maximum learning and retention.
Here are some of the driving scenarios and maneuvers we discuss in the car...
1. Yielding left turns from the center lane and traffic lights (including what to do when someone does a dangerous left turn in front of you)
3. Hill & Mountain Driving
4. Lane changes
5. Advanced scanning and risk/escape route assessment technique
6. Left turns through the center turn lane
7. Freeway driving
We also discuss driver psychology, the driving culture, what to expect after drivers training, how to ask directions from a passenger, the different perspectives on safety and ethics, how to deal with passive aggressiveness & road rage, how to forgive other drivers, the affects of bad driving on your vehicle, good (and bad) habit development, how to plan safer and legal routes, time management, vehicle collisions and airbags, the 3 ways to help others see you, how traffic lights and speed limits are connected, scenarios where the law fails and when to purposely break the law for safety reasons, and the 8 major reasons for most wrecks - their relationships to each other - and how much control we actually have in avoiding collisions. This is just a portion of what we discuss.
Here is an actual lesson on an
advanced technique that can
save your life. (before covid)
For liability reasons we use an
inside camera to record the
instructor and outside camera
to record the road.
Our philosophy is simple: No matter how rare or unlikely something bad might happen - we examine all the reasons why the bad thing could happen and explore all the ways we can mitigate or eliminate the bad thing. Drivers actually do have a lot of control in most situations.
Click here for more information on our advanced instruction..."Why do we call ourselves Advanced?"
Idaho Online Driver Education (IODE)
All driver education courses in Idaho must include a classroom portion. We use Idaho Online Driver Education (IODE). IODE is included in the price. This online class is the closest thing to having an actual teacher. Students can still complete this course at their convenience. All activities are evaluated by an actual teacher who can give feedback. You can only sign up for this course after you have paid for a course with UltraSafe. You will receive an invitation to enroll after you have paid. We will do the scheduled drives regardless of the student's IODE progress. Customer service is really good. IODE was created by retired Idaho Public Driver Education Coordinator Brian Johns - not a corporation. https://www.idahoonlinedrivereducation.com/