Safeway Driving School has been creating safe, responsible teen drivers for more than 45 years. Minnetonka Community Education partners with Safeway to offer classes that emphasize defensive driving techniques.Classroom Instruction: Our program includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, as required by law, in 10 three-hour lessons. Students can start classes at age 14½, obtain their permit at age 15 and license at age 16. The classroom curriculum includes study guides, PowerPoint instruction, videos, discussion, worksheets and interactive software. Classes focus on critical behaviors and attitudes common to teen drivers and prepare them for the Minnesota Permit Exam.Behind-the-Wheel Instruction: Students must complete six hours of driving lessons with a Safeway instructor before taking the Minnesota Road Exam. Lessons are divided into three two-hour private lessons with a responsible, professional Safeway driving instructor. Students can be picked up from and dropped off at home, school or work. Safeway offers convenient online scheduling for behind-the-wheel instruction. The lessons are given on actual city streets, highways and freeways. It is recommended that students take their first lesson 6-8 weeks after receiving their permit. Lessons should be at least 30 days apart allowing for practice with parents between lessons.Parent Involvement: Safeway offers detailed information on its website to assist parents with understanding Minnesota laws and requirements for student drivers. Monthly parent information classes are offered online at safewaydrivingschool.com .Need to make up a lesson? Missed lessons can be made up during a future class session. Students do not need to register for make up classes.