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Inquiring minds want to know…

Who is this for?

Greenlight offers packages for drivers of all levels.

Never Driven or Just Getting Started

We have two options that are designed for new drivers who haven’t gotten their Learner’s Permit, completed their behind-the-wheel lessons, or suffer from driving anxiety.

Intro to Driving – Three (3) 1-hour sessions that teach proper driving form and fundamentals. (These are the first three sessions of the Core 6 Package).

Core 6 Six (6) 1-hour sessions that equip drivers with the fundamental skills needed for road readiness.

In Progress to Becoming Licensed

Advanced Beginner – Three (3) 1-hour sessions that teaches early drivers core skills to prepare them for real world driving. (These are the last three sessions of the Core 6 Package. Drivers must provide a copy of a signed Learner’s Permit to start with this package.).

Core 6 Six (6) 1-hour sessions that equip drivers with the fundamental skills needed for road readiness.

Fully Licensed

Our Advanced Drives are designed for anyone who has completed our Advanced Beginning or Core 6 Training Packages, anyone who has completed their behind-the-wheel lessons, or anyone who has their driver’s license. They allow more experienced drivers to improve their driving skills and practice challenging road conditions in the safety of the simulator.

Are there age restrictions?

The beauty of the simulator is that we don’t have to wait for learner’s permits or licenses!  We can get new drivers started early so they’re better prepared when they get on the road for the first time in real life. With that in mind, we recommend Greenlight for anyone age 14 and up. We’ve trained 14 year olds – 70 year olds! The one caveat is that some adults do experience motion sickness and we recommend anyone over the age of 20 to book a free demo drive first to ensure that is not a problem for them.

What if my new driver already has their permit or license?

That’s great! If they haven’t begun their behind-the-wheel training they should start with our Intro to Driving Package or Core 6 Package. If they have completed their behind-the-wheel training they should take our Advanced Beginner Package or our Core 6 Package. If they have their license we have Advanced Drives for experienced drivers to hone their skills in the safety of the simulator.

My driver is nervous about driving, can you help?

Absolutely. Our simulator-based training has already helped lots of people who experience high anxiety around driving to become more comfortable behind the wheel.  In fact, one of the great benefits of the simulator is that we can learn in a low consequence environment without all of the fear, stress, and anxiety about accidents, tickets, injuries, and damage. When we take away all of those negatives we remove barriers to learning and help our trainees build the skills, experience, and confidence they need to transition comfortably to real world driving.

Where are you located?

So far we have one location at 730 Camino Ramon (Suite 130) in Danville. It is right off 680 at the Sycamore Valley exit. We are conveniently located next to Starbucks so you can grab a coffee while your student is in their session. We are hoping to open more locations across the Bay Area in the near future.

What are your hours?

During the school year we keep school hours. We are open Mon.-Thurs. 3pm – 6pm, and Sat.-Sun. 11am – 5pm.

Once summer begins, we will be open 11am – 5pm Mon.-Thurs. and 11am – 5pm Sat.-Sun.

Does this replace existing behind the wheel training?

No it doesn’t, but it does make you better prepared for it!

Currently, there is no legal way (we’re looking at you, you 14-year-old parking lot practicers!) to get a basic skills foundation before being thrown behind the wheel of a car with a stranger. Greenlight offers a better, safer way to get started so that you arrive at your behind-the-wheel lessons with a higher level of skill, knowledge, and confidence making that training significantly better. We look at it like swim lessons, most of you sought out experts to teach your kids to swim before you took the floaties off. Greenlight teaches the “how” and gives them the confidence to know that they are ready to take the wheel!

Does your program accommodate individuals with exceptional needs?

Yes! Simulator-based training is actually proven to be particularly effective for some in this community. We have developed a special one-on-one Discovery Drive to get them started. Learn more here.

What can I expect during a session?

You mean besides 100% pure awesomeness? In addition to said awesomeness, you can expect a 1 hour driving simulator session composed of 3 to 5 distinct training lessons, aka “Drives” in Greenlight speak.

As an illustration of a typical session here are the Drives from Session #3: 

Drive 1:  Speed Management & Consistency Exercises – One of the biggest contributors to two major traffic issues: accidents, and congestion, is speed management. Driving too fast for conditions, either by choice or through poor speed management skills is one of the leading causes of teen driving accidents, while speed inconsistency that results from poor speed management and anticipation creates “wave traffic” and the “concertina” or “accordion” effect that underlies most traffic congestion on the freeway. This module is designed to teach the importance of understanding visual techniques, throttle and braking inputs relative to what the road is doing, and how theses combine to create proper speed management and consistency.

Drive 2:  Stopping Exercises – Understanding braking is a foundational skill that is a key contributor to safe driving. This Drive is designed to teach the principles of braking and includes training on stopping distances, braking pressure, stopping in relationship to signals and more.

Drive 3:  Introduction to Road Driving – Because we’re in a simulator we can do cool things that you can’t do in real life, like have a completely traffic free driving experience. This solo drive will help you get comfortable applying the foundational skills from this session’s earlier Drives while navigating real roads, traffic signals, stop signs, lane markings and more without having to worry about any other cars!  This drive takes place in our Valley Area environment which is modeled on real roads in the San Ramon Valley.  During this drive you’ll experience residential, rural, and commercial area roads, and you even get a chance to go on the freeway without any traffic.  It’s a great way to build comfort and confidence in your driving before things get “busy” out there.

Drive 4:  Introduction to Freeway Driving – Just like our Introduction to Road Driving in Drive #3, we get a chance to hit the road with no other cars, but this time we’re on the freeway!  New drivers are often overly worried about freeway driving, and by getting a chance to start without traffic we can ditch those worries and build the skills needed to safely work our way up to traffic in our later sessions. During this drive we’re measuring our driver’s ability to stay in their lane, their visual performance in seeing far enough down the road for the higher speeds of freeway driving, and the necessary anticipation and pedal control skills needed to travel at a consistent speed on the freeway.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to all that cool stuff up above, you will receive feedback, training tips, and virtual coaching from Greenlight’s driver evaluation software. Upon completion of your session you’ll get online access to drive scorecards, showing you how you performed on several key safety and vehicle handling metrics, and also video replays of all of your driving, complete with an eye tracking overlay.  This data allows you to go back and review your visual and vehicle handling performance, and is key to helping you know what to work on as you continue your training.

How do I book my sessions?

Once you purchase your package, you will be sent an email where you are able to book each one of your sessions online. In addition, if you buy any of the plus packages you will be able to book your open driving sessions after you complete all 6 core training sessions.

Eye-Tracking. What. What?

Truly state-of-the-art! Did you know that most drivers don’t look far enough down the road? Our integrated eye-tracking technology not only helps to train the eyes on where to look, it captures the driver’s eye movements in real time so that we can replay the driving session and show the driver where they were looking vs. where they should have been looking! We really can “see what they see” now. Just another awesome benefit Greenlight offers that you can’t get in a traditional driver training program.

Screen grab from a Greenlight simulator with cars in the background and eye data showing
Heatmap showing driver’s eye movements in a Greenlight Simulator.

Does this count towards getting a license?

Not yet, but we’re working on it!

Currently in California, a new driver is required to have 6 hours of professional behind the wheel instruction (which we firmly believe in and are not trying to replace or reduce) and also 50 hours of “supervised” practice with a licensed adult driver. It is our goal that we will be able to get some amount of simulator time to count towards that 50 hour requirement in the near future.

Does this count towards an insurance discount?

Not yet, but we’re working on it!

It is our goal to attain insurance discounts for Greenlight students.

Is parking practice incorporated into the trainings?

This is not a focus in our training as that is something that is safe and easy to practice in real life. The drills incorporated into our curricula are intended to allow drivers to practice things that are difficult or more dangerous to do in real life.

Who are these guys?

Click here to learn more about our story, and how we make an impact on teen driver training.