Adult Behind-the-Wheel Training

If you’re an adult who’s never driven a car before, it can be nerve-wracking to think about taking your first driving lesson. But don’t worry – we at Ferrari Driving School are here to help. Our behind-the-wheel adult driving lessons are designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to hit the road.

If you’re interested in adult behind-the-wheel training with FDS, the first step is to fill out a contact form or give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and help you get started on the process. Expect a response from us within 24 hours. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


The best way to prepare for your first driving lesson is to take the 5-hour pre-licensing course. We offer this mandatory DMV-approved course to teach you the basics of driving, like how to use a mirror and signal properly, park your car, and change lanes. You can find more information about the pre-licensing course here on our website.

Other than that, we recommend that you come to your first driving lesson with a positive attitude and an open mind. Our experienced instructors will be patient with you as you learn the ropes of driving. Our behind the wheel training is designed to be fun and informative, allowing you to feel comfortable behind the wheel.

To take adult behind-the-wheel training with us, you must:

  • have a valid learner’s permit,
  • have taken the 5-hour pre-licensing course,
  • and be 18 years of age or older.

In your first behind-the-wheel training lesson with us, you’ll learn how to start the car and drive off safely. You’ll also be taught how to brake and turn smoothly, as well as how to parallel park. In a nutshell, we’ll make sure to teach you all the skills that you need to drive confidently before you head out on your own.

Our certified instructors will be with you every step of the way, providing helpful tips and feedback, allowing you to master the skills quickly. The following are what make our instructors stand out from the crowd:

  • Experience: Our instructors have a wealth of experience. They’ve been teaching students of all ages how to drive for years and even decades. They know precisely how to calm your nerves and help you feel confident behind the wheel. Did you know that FDS has been serving New York City for more than half a century?
  • Patience: One of the things that our students appreciate most about our instructors is their patience. They know how stressful it can be to learn how to drive, and they’ll take the time to make sure you’re comfortable before moving on to more complex tasks.
  • Flexibility: We understand that adult learners have busy schedules, which is why we offer flexible scheduling for our behind-the-wheel training lessons. We’ll work with you to find a time that’s convenient for you – whether that means weekday evenings or weekend mornings.

In addition to being one of the oldest driving schools in the city, we are the behind the wheel driving school New York trusts the most. With more than 50 years of experience, we know how to teach adult learners the skills they need to drive confidently and safely – no matter what their level of experience may be. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced driver, our certified instructors will work with you one-on-one to help you master the art of driving.

We have a fleet of late-model Toyota Corollas specifically designed for driver training. These cars are easy to drive and have a low center of gravity, making them ideal for novice drivers. Plus, they’re equipped with dual controls, allowing our instructors to take over if necessary. These cars help ensure a safe and comfortable driving experience for our students.

The number of driving lessons you’ll need depends on your individual skills and needs. Our adult behind-the-wheel training program is flexible. You can tailor the number of lessons to your specific requirements.

We have had students who only need three hours of training, and we have also had students who purchased our most extensive 48-hour package. Most students, however, fall somewhere in the middle.

Furthermore, FDS offers a refresher course for adults who have already had some driving experience but would like to brush up on their skills. This course is an excellent option for those who haven’t driven in a while or plan to take a road trip.

We have four convenient locations across New York City: Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Long Island. No matter which borough you live in, we have a location that’s close to you.

As for the actual driving, we’ll take you to a variety of different locations so that you can get experience driving in various types of traffic and road conditions. We want you to be prepared for anything you might encounter on the road.

All of our adult behind-the-wheel training lessons take place on the streets of New York City. We’ll start by teaching you the basics in a quiet, low-traffic area before gradually increasing the difficulty as you gain more confidence. Before you know it, you’ll be driving like a pro!

Ferrari Driving School students that have taken the Instructor’s training recommendation have had a FIRST time passing rate of over 90%. During the first lesson we always evaluate and give an honest opinion on your SPECIFIC training needs.

In order to get a fast road test date you will need to have your New York Car Permit and MV-278 Certificate.  These fast road test dates are not easy to find but we have a team of staff members that can scan the DMV system for you until they find one. We have a service which can get you a date in 10 days or less instead of the 7-8 week waiting period. Call us at 718-278-6679 to discuss this further.

We have spent many years creating our easy to understand 5 levels of training.  It will allow you and your instructor to identify and focus on the areas you need work on:

Learning the basics. Brake, steering, gas, and signaling. How far and fast the car moves. Where, when, and how to observe.

Develop Judgment through structured experiences and repetition. Approaching Intersections judging traffic and road conditions.

Becoming Semi-Independent, learning to Anticipate hazards and React accordingly

Becoming Independent, confident and in control of most situations. Students at this level should pass the road test.

Fully independent, highly skilled, mature judgment under the most challenging situations.

What separates Ferrari from other schools is the amount of training and support we give our Instructors.  We only hire based on their experience, patience, and their dedication to helping YOU become a safe licensed driver.

Our fleet of modern Toyota Corollas are dual controlled.  Dual controlled means the instructor has a brake pedal on his side for safety.  The Corolla is the perfect size for training and has great visibility from all windows.

YES you will learn and practice many things on the evaluation lesson.  If you want to be able to cover even more material we recommend the double evaluation which is basically double the time.  Remember this will be an opportunity to evaluate us!

You can come to one of our 4 convenient locations! Click for address and directions:

Ferrari Driving School can train students on our vehicles or yours if you are hearing impaired, require a steering wheel spinner, or a left foot accelerator. Training is done in either 1. 5 hr sessions or 2. 25 hr sessions.

Visit to find a location near you.

Jamaica: 168-46 91st Avenue Jamaica, NY 11432
Springfield Gardens: 168-35 Rockaway Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434
College Point: 30-56 Whitestone Expressway Flushing NY 11354

Atlantic Center: 625 Atlantic Ave 2nd Fl Brooklyn, NY 11217
Coney Island: 2875 West 8th Street Brooklyn, NY 11224

Registration Office: 696 East Fordam Road Bronx, NY 10458

Lower Manhattan: 11 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10004
Harlem: 159 East 125th Street New York, NY 10035

Staten Island:
141 East Service Road Staten Island, NY

When traveling overseas, carry an International Driving Permit . . . even if you’re not planning to drive. Should you need to communicate with foreign authorities, this recognizable form of identification can help you get on your way more quickly. Valid in over 150 countries, the permit contains your name, photo and driver information translated into ten languages. Want us to mail you your license directly? You will need to fill out the application form and supply us with two ORIGINAL passport-type photos. NOTE: International Driving Permits may not be issued more than six (6) months in advance of desired effective date. If you want to save a trip to us simply print out the application, fill in the information requested and If you prefer to secure your International Driving Permit through the mail, enclose your completed application form, two ORIGINAL passport-type photos each signed on the back, a $15USD permit fee and a photocopy of both sides of your driver’s license and mail them to the AAA office nearest you. Include additional U. S. funds for expedited return mail service, if desired. See USPS. com, Fedex. com or UPS. com for rates.

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