Our Course Offerings
The state required course includes six hours of in- car training. This six hour suggested minimum dates back to the 1930's when traffic was very light and the complications of our modern highway systems didn't exist.
However, even in this short course, Lord Ashley does a great job of teaching vehicle control skills to prepare students for their driving test and introducing them to the skills and attitudes needed to drive defensively. Many of our students do well with this course.
This popular course upgrade offers the opportunity for the student to start to develop the necessary habits needed to continue to use the material they learned in the State Minimum Course. Using our technique of Continuous Correct Practice, students are reminded of the necessary effort and commitment needed to develop the necessary skills and attitudes to remain-collision free. This course has the minimum behind-the-wheel time recommended by the American Driver Training and Safety Education Association (ADTSEA)
This course is much appreciated by those who want to excel as safe drivers as well as those who are a little apprehensive about driving because it continues the safe habit building process. Students choose this training to develop advanced observation and decision making skills much beyond that of the average driver. This course has the minimum behind-the-wheel time recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
SC Third Party Testing Program
aLord Ashley Driving School offers third-party knowledge/road testing under the authority of the South Carolina DMV. Knowledge / Road testing is available with an evaluator from aLord Ashley Driving School:
- • Knowledge / Permit testing is usually done at the end of the 8 hour class. However, the 8 hour class is not designed as a test prep class. We recommend clicking HERE to practice for the test.
- • For beginning students after successful completion of course and authorization by instructor
- • For lesson by lesson students after authorization by instructor. Addtional fee applies.
- • Student must have a current, valid beginner's permit held for at least 180 days.
- • aLord Ashley Driving School does NOT accept walk-in students for the road test. ALL students must complete at least one two-hour lesson with one of our instructors before being allowed to schedule a road test with a LADS evaluator.
Students taking the road test with aLord Ashley Driving School take the test from one of three locations - Goose Creek, Mt. Pleasant, or Charleston. Mt. Pleasant and Charleston road tests are only scheduled on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when the DMV offices are closed. Road tests are not regularly scheduled after 2pm on weekdays.
- • Road testing with aLord Ashley Driving School is recommended for students who are uncomfortable with unfamiliar people or students who suffer from test anxiety.
- • After authorization from the instructor, call in to our office (843-824-2040) and our staff will get you on the schedule.
- • Road tests are conducted in light - medium rain, however; the LADS road test evaluator will make the final call on the safety of conducting the test during heavier rain.
- • A parent or legal guardian MUST be on hand at the test site to sign required paperwork for all students under age 18
- • The student must have their current, valid permit on hand at the test
- • All third-party tested students are subject to a random retest at the DMV. This retest is selected via a random number generator at the time of application for the license. This is an audit on the driving school, NOT on the student.
Address for Testing Locations
Please arrive ~5 minutes early to ensure we can complete all tests scheduled.
- Goose Creek
aLord Ashley Driving School
205 N. Goose Creek Blvd
Goose Creek, SC 29445
SC DMV Parking Lot
946 Orleans Rd.
Charleston, SC 29407
- Mount Pleasant
SC DMV Parking Lot
1189 Sweetgrass Basket Parkway
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
- • No Minimum number of lessons
- • Progress at your own pace
- • Individual Training
- • Patient Instructors
- • Road Test Preparation
- • Introduction to aLord Ashley's Expert Driving System
- • Introduction to aLord Ashley's 25 Defensive Driving Techniques
These lessons are primarily for those with some driving experience who want to get better and/or learn what is expected on the road test. We will always start by checking your ability to control the vehicle. After checking your control of the vehicle, we will proceed to traffic situations as the road test is given on actual roads, not a closed course. The next thing would be to teach you what is expected on the road test and how to perform all of the maneuvers correctly.
The self-paced nature of these lessons require communication between the student and instructor so the instructor can give an accurate assessment of your skills and better predict how many more lessons will be sufficient for you to achieve your goal of getting a driver's license.
Students under age 17, must have completed a course (8 hour classroom / 6 hours in-car) to be eligible for these lessons. South Carolina law requires 15 & 16 year old to have completed a course (8/6) in order to test for a license. We have had students from other schools who felt they were not ready for the road test take these courses. In such cases we would like to see the PDLA form from the other school to verify you are eligible.
After instructor approval, first-time license applicants who hold a South Carolina Learner's Permit may take the road test for an additional fee.
- • AAA Driver Improvement Program
- • 8 hours classroom
- • Remove up to 4 existing points from your record
- • Must be taken after the date of the infraction
- • May be taken once every three years
- • Introduction to driving best-practices
- • Licensed by South Carolina since 1954
- • Bonded
Most people learn to drive only one time their entire life. While you may think this will suffice, many people still use old driving theories and techniques. Many of these theories and practices were changed decades ago. One example of these practices is the hand positions of 10 and 2. This practice changed back when airbags were introduced into vehicles. Another example is the practice of having one car length of following distance for every ten miles per hour of speed you are traveling.
We recommend drivers continue to learn about the upcoming changes to the highway transportation system as well as update their knowlege of best practices. Driver education should be a continuous education system. Many insurance companies recognize this idea as well and often offer insurance discounts for taking defensive driver education courses. Sometimes, these discounts will more than pay for the costs associated with this class. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer such a discount.