Why I Drive Smart
Commitment to Quality
The most highly qualified instructors in the industry
Active duty or retired police officers with over 150 hours of specialized training in motor vehicle law and emergency driver's training.
The yellow car fleet
Training vehicles owned and managed by I Drive Smart that are professionally maintained, inspected annually and certified by the state Motor Vehicle Administration.
Convenient class sites
If I Drive Smart doesn't have a site at your school, request one. We make it a priority to have locations that are easy to reach for both parents and students in the community where you live.
Importance of Safety
At I Drive Smart, we believe in the power of prevention. The statistics about driving are sobering. It's scary out there!
Here are a few statistics that we aim to change with our superior training:
One in five teenage drivers has a crash in their first year of driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds, accounting for more than 40% of fatalities.
Nearly half of the fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers were single vehicle crashes.
25% of 15- to 20-year-old drivers who were killed in crashes in 2001 were considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater.
For the teenage driver, the presence of one passenger almost doubles the risk of a fatal crash, compared to driving alone. With two or more passengers, the fatal crash risk is five times as high as driving alone.
In 2007, 196,000 older individuals were injured in traffic crashes, accounting for 8% of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year. These older individuals made up 14% of all traffic fatalities, 14% of all vehicle occupant fatalities, and 19% of all pedestrian fatalities.
Most traffic fatalities involving older drivers in 2007 occurred during the daytime (79%), on weekdays (72%) and involved other vehicles 71%.
Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Statistics are nationwide.
I Drive Smart is the only Certified State Driving School that guarantees 100% private behind-the-wheel training. In Maryland and the District of Columbia it is always one student, one instructor and one vehicle for the full training session on the road. In Virginia, we always guarantee the legal allowable minimum number of two students in-car. This method of individualized instruction allows each student to absorb fully all the life-saving information that our instructors pass along while in a real-life training environment.
We encourage parents to speak directly with the instructor about your individual teen's driving progress. Take time to talk one-on-one. We welcome it!
For experienced drivers, I Drive Smart develops individualized travel routes for seniors, assesses the skill-sets of each driver and works with families to determine areas of concern.
I Drive Smart corporate training programs are customized for each business's needs and goals. We offer group courses for drivers, individual behind-the-wheel training, customized training - whatever fits your company best.