Few Basics About Getting Your Permit // Learning To Drive Series

While on this adventure of getting my oldest sons permit I want to answer a few of the basic questions in regards to getting it, practicing and actually taking the test. I figured it would be easier to have all the answers in 1 location in addition to the individual posts. 
So here we go! 

What is the Drug & Alcohol Course?

The drug and alcohol course is a state-mandated driver’s education program that all teens must complete in order to earn a learner’s permit. The purpose of the course is to teach teens how drugs and alcohol affect your ability to operate a vehicle, and important laws and principles for safe driving. It is also know as DATA, DATE, and TLSAE. I think I have heard it called DATA more than any of the others.  
You must take the Drug & Alcohol Course in order to take the Permit Test. The only exception is if you are over the age of 18 and have a license in another state. 

How old do I have to be to take the Permit Test? 
Teens ages 15-17 can take the Permit Test. This test can be taken online and at a DMV location. 

What is in and on the Permit Test? 
To pass the Permit Test there is a written test which is 20 (multiple choice) road rules questions and 20 (multiple choice) road signs test. 
You must also pass a vision and hearing test. Vision must be 20/40 in both eyes, with or without corrective lenses. 

Are there any restrictions for driving?
Once you have your permit you may only drive during daylight hours during the first three months and until 10 p.m. And always with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and occupies the front passenger seat.

Can my grades or attendance affect my Permit privileges?
The state of Florida only grants driving privileges to teens who are responsible in all areas, including attendance. Teens that are not in school regularly are not found to be responsible. If you are found truant in school, you will have your driving privileges revoked until you can prove that you have attended classes for at least 30 consecutive days.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact the DMV in your area, visit their website (link below), or leave us a comment - we might have already gone over it. 

For all the information regarding driving in Florida, including getting your learners permit, please visit the DMV website, here

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  1. I never knew about this Drug & Alcohol course.
    Great to know that it can actually be taken online.