ABOUT MR D'S DRIVERS EDUCATION
Since 2005, Mr. D’s has helped more than 3,000 students get their license.
Mr. D’s Driving School has been licensed by the State of Illinois since 2005, and is owned and managed by Philip Douglas, “Mr. D”. Mr. D’s Driving School is committed to providing affordable, high quality drivers education in the classroom and behind the wheel, to students in the Metro East community. Mr. D’s is centrally located in downtown Belleville, Illinois and has helped more than 3,000 students achieve their goal of getting a drivers license.
OUR HIGH STANDARDS
Our experienced staff is licensed by the Illinois Secretary of State and all have been background checked. Our exceptional curriculum is approved by the state of Illinois and meets all of the requirements from Illinois’ Graduated Drivers License Program (GDL). We help students safely work up to a full license with classroom training and driving experience. Our vehicles are late model mid-sized American made automobiles that are equipped with dual control brakes and are safety inspected every six months. Class schedules and drive times are set up to accommodate the needs of our busy students.
Mr. D of Mr. D’s Driving School does a great job working with students. This man has patience of steel! Thank you for your time and understanding to help my daughter get her license. The school instructors all have a great way to teach students!
NEW TO THE AREA?
OR NOT SURE OF TEEN DRIVING REQUIREMENTS?
Whether you are new to Illinois or unfamiliar with driving requirements, Mr. D’s Driving School can help. Since Mr. D’s is located near Scott Air Force Base, we often get students who transfer in from different schools across the country who may not be familiar with the Illinois licensing process. Many states do not have the same requirements as Illinois and transfers may be forced to take a drivers education program over again. Mr. D’s is always available to answer your questions, and we offer different teen and adult driver education programs that will fit your needs.
ILLINOIS’ GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING (GDL) PROGRAM
In 2008, the State of Illinois implemented a program known as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program. This program was established to allow novice drivers to gain more driving experience while under the supervision of an adult. Mr’s D’s follows the GDL program which is broken into stages and allows the student to work up to a full license. Since this became law in 2008, teen driving deaths are down nearly 60% in the state of Illinois. This accomplishment has led many other states to model the GDL. The program is broken down into the two phases listed below.
GDL: ILLINOIS’ DRIVING PERMIT PHASE
As part of Illinois’ Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) Program, students age 15 to 17 must be enrolled in drivers education class before being issued a state driving permit. Mr. D’s can issue an application to obtain a permit up to 30 days prior to the start of a class, as long as the student is 15. Students are required to hold their permit for a minimum of nine months which gives them more time to gain experience under the supervision of an adult before being issued a license. During the nine months, students must get at least 50 practice hours with a parent or guardian, and 10 of those hours have to be at night.
GDL: DRIVERS EDUCATION CLASS PHASE
As part of Illinois’ Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) Program, students age 15 to 17 must complete an approved drivers education class at a public high school or through a licensed commercial driving school in order to gain a driver’s license in the State of Illinois. Mr. D’s Driving School adheres to all of the requirements for the GDL, including providing the state consent forms and following state and teen driving laws.
EXPERIENCE IS THE KEY TO DRIVING!
LEARNING TO BE A GOOD DRIVER TAKES TIME
Lack of experience is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents. A teenager will probably do nothing more dangerous in an average day than to get into a vehicle and drive. A teen may be a natural athlete or have music running in their blood, but driving is not something we are born to know how to do. We might be born with good hand eye coordination and have quick thinking abilities which may help us to be good drivers, but it’s the experience we gain from driving and observing that makes us a good driver.