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


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Are you certified by the RMV?
Yes, we are Professional Driving School #9172.

Can you explain the various terminology?
Most students begin with the classroom session, where students come to the driving school and attend a total of 30 hours of classes while sitting at a desk. There is no driving done during classroom sessions. Students who have paid their tuition in full, have a parent class taken and have a learner's permit then begin their 12 hours of road lessons, which is the on-road driving portion of driver's ed. The road test is the examination that you take when you are going for your license.

Why should I go to Gilmore's Driving School?
The results speak for themselves with the highest road test passing rate in the Greater Worcester area. Our classes are smaller for a better learning environment, and much better road lesson and road test availability later. We don't hire trainee instructors: our least-experienced instructor has been teaching driver's ed for 14 years! We also spend much more on our fleet to put our students into bigger, safer vehicles that are maintained much better than the competition's. It all adds up to the best value in the area by far!

How do I sign up for your Gilmore-sponsored weekend road test in Holden?
If you are one of our students, click the link in your invitation email. If you're not one of our students, sorry but we will most likely not have a spot for you. Please note that the RMV sets the date, and we typically receive 7 days' notice. Although it's usually on Saturday or Sunday, occasionally due to very high demand we will get an alternate day, such as Tuesday evening.

How do I get a parent class certificate?
Send $10 (cash, bank check or money order only - NO personal checks) with a note containing the name of the parent who took the class, the name of the students for whom the class was taken, the approximate date that the class was taken, and your email address to: Gilmore's Driving School, 456 Main Street, Holden MA 01520. We will email you an image of the certificate, and send you a hard copy by US Mail. Please note that we do not replace certificates for parent classes that are more than 4 years old.

How do I pay my tuition balance?
When you want to begin the driving portion of the curriculum, you may come in person to our Holden office, bring a check with you to the first classroom session, or mail a check to Gilmore's Driving School at 456 Main Street, Holden MA 01520. Please note that according to our contract with you, all students must pay full tuition within 60 days of the end of classroom sessions. Final cutoff for all overdue tuition balances is September 30, 2019. Please also note that we will not accept more than $10 in coins or denominations of less than $10.

Can I rent or borrow one of your cars to take the road test on my own at the RMV?
Sorry, we don't provide that. If you are one of our students you can take the Gilmore's-sponsored weekend RMV road test right at our Holden location. If for some reason you want to try at the RMV on your own and you don't have a vehicle that meets RMV expectations, we hear that you can rent a suitable car from AVIS Car Rental at 220 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA (508) 872-8707. Please note that any borrowed/rental vehicle used for a road test must have express written permission from the owner or rental company for such a purpose.

What are the time limits for completing driver's ed with your driving school?
You must driving with us within 3-4 months of your classroom. Tuition covers participation in our program for up to one year. With just a little effort, most students easily finish within 3-4 months.

What types of cars do you have?
fleet features several Top Safety Rated+ all-wheel drive Toyota RAV4's. Although it costs us more, we prefer to drive larger vehicles than other driving schools due to better Winter capabilities, increased safety in case of accidents. and the fact that Mr. Gilmore and some of our students are more than 6' tall.

What do I need to know about the new license?
You'll want to read the following Massachusetts State web page: NEW REQUIREMENTS. Before going to the RMV, please also review the DOCUMENT CHECKLIST. For those under 18, the following FORM may be useful.

How old do I have to be to get started?
You can take our driver's ed classroom at 15 years, 9 months old. We recommend taking the classroom session shortly before turning 16, as the permit test at the RMV will be easier as a result (but you should still study the
driver's manual, due to the possibility of obscure questions that wouldn't be covered in our class).

What do you teach in the course?
Our curriculum is closely based on RMV course guidelines and teaches safe driving attitudes and techniques. We carefully schedule road lessons to focus on skill advancement and avoid low-value "taxi" driving. Our experienced instructors will train you to anticipate and avoid risks, rather than simply react to them. In addition to real-world street skills, you'll practice all of the maneuvers required for the road test on nearly every lesson.

How do I get my road lessons done quickly?
Make sure that all of your classroom modules are finished and the parent class is taken. Make yourself available, be flexible about pickup locations and times, don't be a no-show or cancel lessons, and log in to your Schedule2Drive account daily (twice on Wednesdays and multiple times on Thursdays). Students who are eligible or soon to be eligible for a license and follow the above procedures have finished all of their lessons in as little as 11 days with us. Due to crowd behavior phenomena (social psychology), the demand for lessons fluctuates wildly. If you are not eligible for a license within a few weeks, during times of peak demand (typically March-April and August-September) your ability to schedule lessons will be restricted.

I am under 18, what must I do to get into your Saturday Road Test?
Our policy is to admit graduates of Gilmore's Driving School only. Due to current RMV policies, procedures and deadlines and in order for us to process your driver education completion with the RMV and have it processed in time to get you into a road test, all students will need to meet the following criteria 15 days in advance:
1) Finish all classroom modules and road lessons, and make sure parent class is valid.
2) Complete at least 40 hours of "supervised driving" at home.
3) Have a valid, unexpired permit, which was obtained at least 183 days prior to the road test date.
4) Submit to us any unpaid balances, plus our road test sponsorship fee.

You will also need to do the following:
1) If you didn't pre-pay the licensing fees when you obtained your learner's permit: call (857-368-8000), go to
RMV WEBSITE or visit RMV and "pre-pay licensing fees" ($85). Please note that you cannot pay the fees through the school or to the examiner on the day of your road test. RMV licensing fees are not included in tuition or road test sponsorship at any driving school and must be paid by you directly to the RMV. Once you pass the road test, your permit becomes a license if you prepaid the RMV licensing fees. If you received your learner's permit prior to 3/26/18, you will have to go IN PERSON to the RMV, supply the required additional documentation, and pay the fees then.
2) About 1 week before your road test: log into your Schedule2Drive account and schedule your warmup lesson (look for a short lesson one or two days before the exam which clearly says "warmup lesson").

What is done in the parent class?
Our parent class is a State-mandated, two-hour information session, held either on a weekday evening or a Saturday morning.

I missed a classroom session, what should I do?
We do not guarantee available spots for make-up students, therefore you are urged to attend your regularly-scheduled classes. If available, you'll need to make up the time during a subsequent course session. Consult our
Online Schedule and give us a call. There may be a nominal fee for make-up classes, since you'd take a seat away from a full-week student.

Can I drive in NH with my MA learner's Permit?
Our best current information says you can drive in CT, NH, ME, NY and RI on a MA learner's permit, if accompanied by a licensed adult and following other requirements. Vermont does not recognize out of state permits. New Hampshire requires that the licensed adult be over the age of 25, and the vehicle is non-commercial. Check with the other state's DMV before proceeding.

If I take your course do I get an insurance discount?
Yes. Graduates of our full driver's ed program receive an insurance discount of up to 20%, no extra courses required! Please check with your insurance company.

How do I obtain my learner's permit?
You should study the
driver's manual and then go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to take the permit test. No appointment is needed, but you must arrive at least 1 hour+ before closing. As a minimum, bring your birth certificate (with raised seal) and Social Security card, proof of Massachusetts address, and if you have a Federally-issued ID such as a passport, bring that too! Please note that applicants who are over 18 will need to provide additional documents proving Massachusetts residence and verification of your signature.

What is included in tuition at Gilmore's Driving School??
Except for the one-time $10 Schedule2Drive account fee, full tuition includes everything needed to take your driver education: the 30-hour classroom, use of our well-maintained cars for 12 hours of road lessons and 6 hours observation, and parent class attendance. There are no additional per-lesson charges or charges for classroom manuals, etc. Once you are completely finished, you will pay us $95 to take a Gilmore's-sponsored road test, or if you are going to the RMV on your own: $30 for the driver's ed completion affidavit and RMV charges. All Massachusetts residents who seek a driver's license must also pay $85 in licensing fees directly to the RMV, which are separate from both tuition and the road test sponsorship fee you pay the driving school. RMV licensing fees are not included in tuition or road test sponsorship at any driving school and cannot be paid through the school.

How do I schedule road lessons?
JOL students should go to our
scheduling instructions page and use the school code that was given to you in class to register. Once registered, please wait to be activated (one week or less) and then use your student login.

How do I schedule a lesson with my friend?
Look on Schedule2Drive for a lesson with 2 spots open, with the same instructor at the same time. If you both sign up for this lesson, you will be together.

How do I get 12 hours of driving but only 6 hours observation?
Focus on your drive times with us and supervised (at home) driving, and don't worry about observation time, which usually just takes care of itself.

Where will you pick me up?
We pick up at local high schools and other convenient central locations. Our top priorities are your safety and the quality of education provided. Because we don't want students to be "taxi drivers" at the expense of receiving quality lessons, we do not pick up at home. We try to honor dropoff requests whenever logistically feasible (maximum 5 miles from pickup location).

What is the Driver Education certificate fee?
To avoid confusion since no "certificate" piece of paper paper actually exists since 2007, we are no longer using that word and merely calling it "processing your completion with the RMV". There is NO piece of paper that you will receive. For you to qualify for a JOL road test (under 18) and insurance discount (all), upon full completion of our program we need to audit, correct and finalize all of your data on the RMV Atlas system, submit the driver education completion request online, and pay a fee on your behalf to the RMV. This fee is not included in tuition, and separate from any other fees that you may have paid to the RMV directly. If you're taking the road test on your own, your driver's ed completion needs to be processed before you can schedule your test (call for instructions). Once again, a piece of paper that was formerly mailed by the RMV no longer exists, it is now just an entry on the RMV computer system.

Why don't you include optional road test sponsorship in tuition?
Because it is an industry standard, and because it is optional.

Do you guarantee that I'll pass?
Although our passing rate is among the highest in the State of Massachusetts and much higher than the RMV branches' averages, no driving school can guarantee that every applicant will pass. Your chances are influenced by factors beyond our control, such as how well you function under pressure. If you didn't do a full 40+ hours of quality training at home as required by Mass law, your chances of passing the road test will be severely diminished.

Why did the RMV examiner fail me/my son/daughter/friend for no reason?
Such a scenario does not exist. All road test applicants begin the exam with a passing grade, and are unsuccessful only if they exhibit lack of vehicle control, don't follow rules of the road, or create a dangerous situation that requires examiner intervention. Due to nervousness or lack of preparation some people do fail, and it can be embarrassing to admit why.

How long does it take for my new license to arrive?
If you already submitted the required new documents and pre-paid the RMV licensing fees directly to the RMV, you should receive your license in the mail within 10 to 12 days. If you don't receive it within 2 weeks, it is usually because the RMV wants money and/or additional documentation from you, and you should contact the RMV directly. Please note that if you took the exam more than once, you will owe additional fees to the RMV. If you take the Gilmore's Driving School-sponsored road test, we do all of the data entry and scheduling for you, provide the venue, sponsor and approved vehicle, and make an optional warmup lesson available to you at a subsidized cost. We do not process your license; once you've taken the road test, the RMV is in charge of processing and there is no need to contact us. The RMV licensing fees are in addition to, and separate from, our sponsorship fee.

What about skid school?
We don't offer it. Our program is focused on encouraging safe driver decision-making, recognizing and AVOIDING dangerous situations BEFORE they occur, instead of just trying to react after the fact.

According to a June 2006 article published by the National Institute of Health, "Young drivers who receive skid training, especially males, have more crashes than those without training, probably through inspiring overconfidence and show-off behavior". You might also want to read the following article before deciding is skid school is right for you:   When Extra Driving Courses Are a Bad Idea

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