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Gilmore's Driving School
456 Main Street (Rt 122A)
Holden, MA 01520
(Next to Jed's hardware)


Gilmore's Driving School
1000 Boston Turnpike (Rt 9)
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
(Next to Cape Cod Crafters)
  At the Christmas Tree Shops

The Boylston Auto School curriculum closely follows RMV guidelines, adding material where appropriate to maximize the level of training. We aim to make the course entertaining and informative.

The 30-hour classroom course contains 15 modules, each approximately 2 hours long. The course is taught using a modern student-centered approach rather than straight lecture, utilizing videos and other training aids to make the course more interesting. Quizzes are given beginning the second day to reinforce important concepts and prepare for the final exam. Students receive frequent breaks. Course modules include:

  • Module 1 - Introduction to Driver Education and JOL Laws
  • Module 2 - Signs, Signals, and Road Markings
  • Module 3 - Understanding the Vehicle and Its Controls
  • Module 4 - Basic Driving Skills
  • Module 5 - Rules of the Road
  • Module 6 - Defensive Driving: Making Safe Decisions
  • Module 7 - Sharing the Road (Trucks, Motorcycles, etc)
  • Module 8 - How Natural Laws (Physics) Affect Driving
  • Module 9 - Different Driving Environments
  • Module 10 - Driving in Poor Weather Conditions
  • Module 11 - Mental and Physical Factors & Effects on Driving
  • Module 12 - The Dangers of Alcohol, Drugs & Driving: PART I
  • Module 13 - The Dangers of Alcohol, Drugs & Driving: PART II
  • Module 14 - Consequences of Unsafe Driving and Poor Decision Making
  • Module 15 - Handling Emergencies and Breakdowns; Final Exam

The on-road portion of our curriculum consists of 12 hours of driving and 6 hours of observation. Our cars are the newest in the driver education business and feature dual-control models with top safety ratings. The first session is typically easier "normal" driving to determine the student's initial skill level, then we gradually increase training in the following more difficult areas:
  • Parallel Parking and Backing into Parking Spaces
  • Three-Point Turns and Backing Up
  • Left and Right Turns, Pulling into Traffic
  • Hill Parking and Hill Starts
  • City Driving incl. Rotaries and One-Way Streets
  • Driving in Poor Weather and at Night
  • Highway Driving, Merging and Changing Lanes
  • Negotiating Winding Backcountry Roads
Although there are no guarantees in life, upon graduating from our full course the average student is extremely well-equipped to pass the RMV road test and drive on his/her own.

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