Hello and welcome! 🙂 If you're exploring different driving schools and have questions, you are in the right place! You will find the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Brave Driving School services, programs and driving lessons below. If you still have more questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email or phone.
Which Program is best for me?
Our Driving School Services:
The Full 35+ Hour Program (theory+driving):
The 6+ Hour Defensive Driving (theory):
Private 1-on-1 driving lessons (practice):
Road-Test Registration and Classes:
Other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We know you have questions, so let us answer the most common questions we have gotten so far. Please stick around. and if you still have more questions about driving, please check out our blog; you may also reach out to us directly.
Who is Brave Driver Training?
we are a group of professional driving instructors with over 10 years of driving experience in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are a local and family operated driving school. we have had hundreds of successful students starting from a variety of different skills levels, and they have become confident, defensive drivers.
There are so many driving schools in this city, what sets your driving school apart?
Based on the feedback we’ve been getting from our students, we strive to provide quality, friendly and patient driving lessons to new and more experienced drivers. Because we are working with a time-tested method that we use to teach students with, you are very likely to learn all the skills of driving and to become a great driver in a short amount of time. You can see what material is covered in the car on this page. For more information on how to decide on the best-fit driving school for you, please check out our article here, to get an idea and to make the best decision for you.
Is it true that your theory courses are 100 percent online and self-paced?
yes, this is true. Once you’re signed up, you will receive access to our education portal, where you’ll be to login, enjoy videos and do the relevant quizzes at your pace, and in the comfort of your home.
For a preview of how the education portal and the course looks like, you may check it out here.
How does the booking work for the in-car driving sessions?
You simply go to the in-car instruction section, and book yourself in any of the available spots displayed. If you are a current student, you will be doing this from your driving portal, after you log-in. The current students section in the top tab gets you there.
How much are your fees for the driving sessions? how much does the full driver’s ed course cost?
For the answer to this question, please refer to our services page here.
It is our opinion that the quality and the concentration of the material and instruction provided, should be fairly valuated against the rest of what the market/other driving schools offer, and that’s what we are continually striving to achieve.
Are the vehicles we will be driving in commercially insured?
Yes, they are. Also all our vehicles come with an instructor dual brake pedal for your safety.
Do you offer a province approved, defensive driving course? what about the full course?
yes, indeed we do. All driver’s education courses must by law, meet the requirements of Access Road Safety. All our programs (including the online program) and content are GDL and province approved. Our programs are also certificated. Upon completion of 25 hours in driving classes online, and 10 hours private driving lessons, you will receive the Brave Driving School certificate. You will also receive a certificate for completing the 6 hour defensive driving course.
What is a Driver’s Education Certificate?
A certificate is a document you will receive from a driving school that provides a province-approved driver’s education program. You will receive a certificate, when you complete and fulfill the requirements of either the defensive driving program or the Full Pro+ 35 hour program.
Why do I need a Driver’s Education Certificate?
You will need this document to do your road-test, if you are planning to do your road-test in 9 months. That is, 9 months since you received your beginner’s license (when you do your written test). For more info on the process for getting a license in Nova Scotia, please refer to our complete guide. You will also need to provide the Full 35 hour Pro+ certificate to your insurance company, in order to get a discount on your insurance premium.
What is the difference between the full pro+ course and the defensive driving course?
The full pro+ offers theory, in-car practice with a professional instructor and a road test preparation session. This program is 35+ hours of education also offers a bundle discount. The defensive driving course offers a much shorter (6 hour) theory program, without any in-car practice hours. You are able to purchase additional driving sessions in either case, as may be needed for you.
Why would someone need to take the defensive driving course?
For many reasons, actually. The defensive driving course is a great refresher for someone who has experience driving. With time,
most of us lose touch with good habits and forget to follow the little things that make someone a defensive driver. In addition to this,
you will be able to remove the limitations of your new (5N) license, if you are a first time driver and you already have your license.
How do I know which driving theory course is the best fit for me?
If you’re a first time driver, we recommend you to take the Full 35 hour driver education program. This way, you will receive all the knowledge (theory) related
to driving, and you get adequate practice driving in a vehicle. You will also be able to save quite a bit
on a bundle discount for the private driving lesson included. If you’re looking for discount on your insurance, you will want to sign up for the Full 35 hour driver education program.
If you have a full driver’s license and you’ve been driving for sometime, you may take the defensive driver’s course to remove any limitations. You may also need to attend this course, if you were given a letter from Access NS to attend such a program.
What about if I just want to take driving lessons?
You can also do that by visiting the link here, and book yourself an appointment. Please remember to cancel/reschedule any appointments with more than a 24 hour notice to avoid any late cancelation charges.
How many lessons will I need to become a good at driving or pass the road test?
This is a common question, and the answer is as uncertain as pulling out a number out of a hat. What we mean is, we have to see/evaluate
your driving, before we’re able to provide any personal feedback or any recommended number of sessions.
I already have a road-test booked, how do I go about booking a session with Brave Driving?
- We recommend that you plan ahead, and take a lesson (or as many as you might need to feel confident) before going for the road test.
- We will provide you with much valuable feedback and you’re able to go on a mock-test/ practice test, to make sure you have a good chance of succeeding on your first try. If you fail to clear the road test, you will have to re-pay for the road-test (53 $ dollars) and wait out 7 days, and keep calling to secure another appointment.
- Access NS is more often than not, booking 3 months in advance for new appointments, so we have to plan ahead!
- Having said that, you are still able to just register for road-test with us, if you’d like to give it a try anyway and take your chances. For this purpose, please visit this page, and fill in and submit the form for road-test registration. We will let you know either way if we’re able to accommodate your request based upon our present schedule.
Could I use one of the cars at Access NS to do my road-test in?
Unfortunately Access NS does not offer any vehicle rentals for the purpose of the road-test, so we are required to show up with a vehicle in order to complete the road-test.
How long is the road-test session?
The road-test itself takes only 30 minutes, but the premium road-test session ends up taking, sometimes up to, 3 hours(including before and after)! We start the session by picking you up, training on the day of your test for an hour, do the road-test, and drive you back so you won’t have to take a taxi.
What if I still have questions?
We offer perhaps one of the most responsive, and proactive customer service teams that we have encountered. We know how difficult it is to have to call or email multiple time, and not receive any response. Our program is a back-to-back program of support and guidance, with the assurance that we are there with you every step of the way. Please reach out via email or phone, and we’d be more than happy to help you answer any other questions/concerns you may have.