Frequently Asked Questions

How does Bestway Driving Academy's drivers education program operate, and what does it include?

Driver’s Education Overview:

  1. Classroom Portion:
    • Students can register for the classroom portion of driver’s ed at any time.
    • No minimum age requirement for the classroom portion.
    • Students under 18 must attend 30 hours of classroom instruction as per Wisconsin DMV.
    • Choose from two options: all online, or hybrid (4 in-person classes + 22 hours online).
  2. Knowledge and Signs Test:
    • Take the test in class for in-person students.
    • Online students receive required paperwork (MV3001) to take the test at any DMV location.
    • Forms expire in 60 days, but we can resign them if needed at no additional cost.
  3. Temporary Driver’s License:
    • In-class students leave with paperwork for a temporary license to file at the WI DMV.
    • Online students get paperwork to go to any DMV location for their temporary license.
  4. Scheduling and Completing First Drive Lesson:
    • Log in to www.schedule2drive.com within 60 days of obtaining temps.
    • Schedule and complete the first drive lesson within this period.
  5. Drive Lessons and Practice:
    • Complete 6 two-hour driving lessons with us and 50 hours of driving with a parent or guardian.
    • Spread lessons over 6 months (1-2 lessons/month) for ample practice time.
  6. Driver’s License Eligibility:
    • Minimum 6 months with temps.
    • Minimum age of 16.
    • Drive 50 hours with a qualified adult.
    • Complete all driver’s education.
  7. Additional Information:

What are the criteria for participating in drivers education in Wisconsin?

Driver’s Education Requirements for Students Under 18:

To meet Wisconsin’s minimum requirements, students under the age of 18 must complete the following:

  1. Classroom Instruction:
    • 30 hours of classroom instruction.
  2. Behind-the-Wheel Training:
    • 12 hours, comprising 6 hours of driving and 6 hours of observing another student driving.

Options at Bestway Driving Academy:

Bestway Driving Academy offers flexible options for the classroom portion:

  • All Online Option:
    • Complete the entire 30 hours of classroom instruction online.
  • Hybrid Option:
    • Attend four 2-hour classes in person.
    • Complete the remaining 22 hours of classroom instruction online.

Additional Information: For further details, please refer to the Wisconsin DOT Teen Driver FAQs.

What are the age prerequisites for enrolling in driver's education and obtaining a driver's license in Wisconsin?

Driver’s Education Age Requirements in Wisconsin:

  • Classroom Portion:
    • No minimum age requirement to start the classroom portion of driver’s education in Wisconsin.
  • Instruction Permit (Temps):
    • Students can obtain their instruction permit (temps) at 15 years of age.
  • Probationary Driver’s License:
    • Probationary driver’s license can be obtained at age 16.
    • Students must have held their temps for 6 months before getting their probationary license.

Additional Resources:

What steps should I take to obtain my driver's license on my 16th birthday?

Important Update: The road test waiver ended effective 01/01/2024.

Steps to Obtain Probationary Driver’s License on 16th Birthday:

  1. Plan Ahead for Classroom Portion:
    • To get the probationary driver’s license on their 16th birthday, students should take the classroom portion before turning 15 ½.
  2. Knowledge and Signs Tests:
    • Prepare to take the knowledge and signs tests before turning 15 ½.
    • Take the completion form (MV3001) to the DMV on or before turning 15 ½ to receive the instruction permit.
  3. Instruction Permit Duration:
    • Students must hold the instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months before being eligible for the road test.
  4. Requirements for Probationary License (On or After 16th Birthday):
    • Hold the instruction permit for a minimum of six months before applying for a probationary license.
    • Maintain a violation-free record in the six months before applying for the probationary license.
    • Accumulate a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience, including 10 hours of night driving.
    • Use the Road Ready Mobile App or a driving log sheet to track supervised driving hours.
    • Present proof of completion of an approved driver-education training course (Bestway Driving Academy completes this portion online directly with the DOT).
    • Have the parent or adult sponsor certify the completion of 50 hours of driving experience (including 10 at night).
    • Pass a road test unless eligible for the road test waiver (which ended on 01/01/2024).
    • Pay the required fees.

Reference: For detailed information, refer to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

What are the distinctions between an instruction permit, probationary license, and regular license?

  1. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Teen Driver FAQs page.
  2. Watch the informative video by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin explaining Graduated Driver Licensing laws in Wisconsin: Video Link.

How can I enroll in a classroom session with Bestway Driving Academy for driver's education?

Classroom Registration Instructions:

  1. Choose Your Classroom Location:
    • Select the best classroom location that suits your preferences.
  2. Select a Convenient Session:
    • Find a session that fits your schedule.
  3. Simple Online Registration:
    • Click the one button under the class to complete your online registration.
  4. Questions or Assistance:
    • If you have any questions, please email us at info@bestwaydrivingschool.net.
    • Include the classroom session you’d like to attend and your name.
  5. Pre-Class Information:
    • Before the in-person class starts, you will receive an email with details such as room number and location.
  6. Informative and Fun Classes:
    • We strive to make our classes informative and enjoyable!
  7. Ready to Register?
    • Click here and choose your class.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance!

How does online classroom instruction work with Bestway Driving Academy?

Bestway Driving Academy Online Classroom Options:

  1. Entire 30 Hours Online:
    • Bestway Driving Academy is licensed to offer the entire 30 hours of online classroom. Click here to register.
  2. Hybrid Option (In-Person + Online):
    • Choose the Hybrid Option to attend a portion in person and complete the remaining 22 hours online.
    • Use the online registration link on our website under the location of your choice.
  3. Registration and Questions:
    • For questions or assistance, email us at info@bestwaydrivingschool.net.
    • After registering, you will receive an email from our partners, Teach Safe, to confirm registration and set up a username and password.
  4. Flexible Online Learning:
    • Fulfills the State of Wisconsin requirement, necessary for students under 18.
    • Take the class from your own home, at your own pace, making it ideal for busy schedules.
  5. Payment and Approval:
    • Once we receive payment, you’ll be approved for the online classroom.
    • Approval usually takes up to 24 hours (next business day).
  6. Online Classroom Guidelines:
    • Work on the online classroom for a maximum of 2 hours per day.
    • Each lesson has a specified time length for credit.
  7. Temp’s Test Options:
    • Temp’s tests can be taken before or after completing the online portion if registered for classroom and behind the wheel with us.
    • Options for taking the temps test include going to the DMV or taking the test at Bestway Driving Academy during an in-person class.
    • If you are 15, you may go to the DMV with your signed MV3001 form to take the tests there.
    • If over 18, the tests must be taken at the DMV.
  8. Scheduling Driving Lessons:
    • Inform us once you receive your temps.
    • Schedule and complete your first driving lesson within 60 days using our online scheduling app schedule2drive.com
  9. Important Note:
    • Do not work on the online classroom on the same day as your driving lesson.
  10. Contact Us:

Remember, timely communication and adherence to the guidelines ensure a smooth learning experience.

Who can I contact for assistance with technical issues in the online classroom program at Bestway Driving Academy?

Online Classroom Support at Bestway Driving Academy:

  1. Partnership with Teach Safe:
    • Bestway partners with Teach Safe to provide you with the online classroom.
  2. Contacting Bestway for Support:
    • If you encounter any issues during the online classroom, contact us directly at Bestway Driving Academy.
  3. Guidance through Issues:
    • We will direct you to the “get support” button visible within your course.
  4. Using the “Get Support” Button:
    • Clicking the button will open an email box.
    • Describe the problem or issues you are facing.
  5. Resolution Process:
    • We will make every effort to resolve the issues ourselves.
    • If it’s an issue beyond our scope, we will forward it to someone who can assist.

Feel free to reach out to us whenever you need assistance during your online classroom experience. We are here to help you through any challenges you may encounter.

What forms of payment do you accept, and do you offer a payment plan?

Flexible Payment Options at Bestway Driving Academy:

  1. Payment Methods:
    • We accept cash, checks, and credit cards for payment.
  2. Flexible Payment Plan:
    • We understand that financial situations vary for families and students.
  3. Preferred Payment:
    • While we prefer the entire amount to be paid upfront, we recognize this may not be feasible for everyone.
  4. Flexible Payment Options:
    • You can pay ½ the amount initially and the other ½ before starting behind the wheel.
  5. Customized Payment Plans:
    • If you need a different arrangement, feel free to ask.
    • Email us your payment plan, and we will make a note on our end.
  6. Weekly Payments Option:
    • Some students paying for drivers ed themselves make weekly payments.
    • Let us know your plan, and we will accommodate it.
  7. Minimum Requirement:
    • At a minimum, we need at least half of the balance paid before signing your temp’s application.
  8. Open Communication:
    • Don’t hesitate to ask if you need assistance or have specific payment needs.
    • We are here to work with families and students to make the financial aspect stress-free.

We aim to create a supportive and understanding environment, and your financial needs are important to us. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to discuss a personalized payment plan.

How can I schedule a behind-the-wheel driving session with Bestway Driving Academy?

Scheduling and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons:

  1. Innovative Scheduling with schedule2drive:
    • We proudly claim the title of being the first in our area to team up with schedule2drive, providing an easy and efficient way for students and parents to schedule behind-the-wheel lessons.
  2. User-Friendly Program:
    • As parents of teenagers, we understand busy schedules and have found a scheduling program that fits our needs and offers flexibility.
    • No complaints received so far!
  3. Instructions After Passing Temps Test:
    • You’ll receive instructions for our online behind-the-wheel scheduling program, schedule2drive, once you pass your temps test.
  4. Timely Completion Required:
    • It’s crucial to have your first behind-the-wheel lesson completed within 60 days, as per the State of Wisconsin.
  5. Cancellation Policy:
    • Please remember, failing to cancel a lesson within 24 hours or forgetting your lesson will result in a $35 charge.
  6. Scheduling Guidelines:
    • For those 15 1/2, you have 6 months to schedule 6 drive lessons.
    • If you are 15 years of age, complete 6 lessons by your 16th birthday.
    • Spread out lessons to allow time for driving practice with your parents.
    • The system does not allow you to schedule drive times within 20 days of each other.
  7. Challenges with Last-Minute Scheduling:
    • Students who struggle with scheduling are often those who wait until the last minute and need multiple drive times at the last minute.
    • We were the trailblazers in teaming up with schedule2drive in our area. Now, some schools are trying to copy us – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

How can I schedule my road test at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Wisconsin?

Students can schedule their road test 11 weeks before they are able to take it. You do not need to have driver’s ed completed to schedule your road test.  You just need to have anything completed by the time you show up to take the test.  The easiest way to schedule a road test is to do so on the DMV’s website http://www.dot.state.wi.us/drivers/drivers/schedule.htm

Is it possible for a classroom session at Bestway Driving Academy to be canceled?

If enrollment in a classroom session is low, we reserve the right to cancel the session. We will do our best to place students in another session that is convenient for them. Students will also be given the option to take the classroom portion online.

What is the behind-the-wheel lesson cancellation policy at Bestway Driving Academy?

CANCEL/NO SHOW FEES: Life happens, and we get it – stomachaches, fevers, earaches, and more. Regardless of the reason, we incur costs when cancellations occur within 24 hours. It’s not about fault; it’s about the ripple effect. A $35 fee helps cover our instructors’ time and the adjustments we need to make. When you don’t show up or cancel last minute, it affects all of us, as we hustle to rearrange schedules for our instructors and other students. Please be respectful.

If you need to cancel with more than 24 hours, you won’t be charged. Feel free to go onto Schedule2Drive to manage your appointments – no need to contact us with a reason.

What is the classroom attendance policy at Bestway Driving Academy?

Class Attendance Policy:

  1. Regular Classes:
    • Students must attend all 30 hours of classroom instruction.
  2. Hybrid Classes:
    • Attendance at ALL classes is mandatory for hybrid sessions.
    • Missing a class requires us to find an alternative class for you to attend.
  3. Tardy Policy:
    • To fulfill the 30-hour requirement, punctuality is crucial.
    • Being late disrupts the class, reducing your total class time.
    • Please plan to be on time for all classes to meet the attendance requirement.

What is Bestway Driving Academy's winter/inclement weather policy?

Inclement Weather Policy:

Classroom Sessions:

  • If local schools cancel due to inclement weather, our classroom session in the same city will also be canceled.
  • Updates on class cancellations will be posted on Facebook.
  • In cases where the instructor can’t reach the class due to weather, we’ll attempt a replacement but may need to cancel.

Driving Lessons:

  • Decisions to cancel driving lessons due to weather are often made on the day or a few hours before the lesson.
  • If hazardous conditions are predicted, lessons may be canceled.
  • We will not cancel for snow flurries but will cancel for warnings.
  • Students will be notified via text or call about canceled driving lessons, and updates will be posted on Facebook.
  • Note: During winter, delays may occur. If more than 15 minutes behind schedule, we’ll send a text notification. Safety is our priority, and your patience is appreciated.
  • Additional Note: We are not affiliated with a specific school district, so school cancellations do not always dictate our behind-the-wheel lesson cancellations. Our decision is based on current conditions, warnings, and common sense. Sometimes, schools close, but roads are fine by noon.

**Note** Be aware that during the winter we will sometimes run behind schedule. Even if the roads seem fine in town, they may often be poor in the country. If we are going to be running more than 15 minutes late, we will text you to let you know. Please be patient, we try to keep on schedule but the safety of our instructors and students is more important than arriving to your lesson on time.

Does Bestway Driving Academy offer refunds?

Refund Policy:

This school will not refund any fees or part of fees if the school is ready, willing, and able to fulfill its part of the agreement. If a refund is offered, there is a $50 refund processing fee that will be assessed.

Is it required to take both classroom and behind-the-wheel sessions with Bestway Driving Academy?

Fee Details and Transfers:

Classroom-only cost: $149.00

  • We will provide the necessary paperwork for transferring to another school for behind-the-wheel instruction.
  • To facilitate the transfer, we will need the contact information of the school you are transferring to, and we will send them your completion records.

Behind-the-wheel only cost: $349.00

  • Proof of classroom completion from another school is required, and we will provide the necessary paperwork.
  • Please mail your class completion documents to our email at info@bestwaydrivingschool.net or use the provided registration area to upload the documents.

When and how often does Bestway Driving Academy offer the Failure to Yield Right of Way course as required by the State of Wisconsin - Department of Transportation?

Failure to Yield the Right of Way Course:

We offer a two-hour Failure to Yield the Right of Way course that satisfies all state requirements. These sessions are scheduled monthly or based on our availability. To set up a session, please contact us by phone at 920-887-7727 or by email at info@bestwaydrivingschool.net.

We understand receiving a letter from the state might not be the highlight of your day, but we’re here to make this experience as easy as possible! You can take this class online or attend in person – whichever works best for you. Let’s turn it into a straightforward and stress-free learning experience!