Nathan's Driving School is pleased to announce our new Bioptic and Low Vision Driver Training Program
To register for one of our Bioptic Driving Courses, please click here: www.nathansdrivingschool.net/index.php/bioptic-telescope-program/register-online
If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration or another vision issue requiring you to wear bioptic telescopic lenses, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will require you to complete a driver education program in order to obtain or retain your driving privileges. The State’s mandated program for certification involves the successful completion of thirty hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of six hours of in-car training. Although most experienced drivers can readily adjust their driving habits with just the six hours of in-car training, new drivers will generally need additional hours to safely operate a motor vehicle while wearing the bioptics.
At Nathan’s Driving School, we are committed to teaching all of our new drivers the best methods for being a safe, low risk driver. We have twenty years of experience working with low vision drivers, and are eager to take that knowledge into a new direction. We are pleased to announce that we now offer a Bioptic and Low Vision Driver Training Program.
Not only does our Bioptic and Low Vision Driver Training Program meet the 30 hours of classroom requirements put forth by the Department of Driver Services, but it also covers special issues for low vision drivers who may be using the bioptic telescope device. Please read our link labeled "Bioptic Classroom Schedules" for more information. Please note: It is not required for a bioptic driver to take this particular version of the 30-hour course. Any of the 30 hour classes listed under the "Teenage Driver Education" link will meet the requirements as well.
Here is a sampling of some of the special issues that will be covered in the class:
Loss of Depth Perception in Nighttime Driving
Glare Recovery Time
Speed Smear and Reduced Visibility During High Speed Driving
- How to Correctly Navigate the Road and Traffic in Times of Bad Weather
Our patient and understanding instructors are well trained and experienced in helping individuals learn to drive or adjust their driving habits to meet the unique challenges that they face when driving with bioptics.
During the in-car sessions, the instructor will observe your physical skills, decision-making skills, and social skills to determine whether or not you are capable of safely operating a motor vehicle while using the bioptic telescopes. He or she will also instruct you on the safest techniques to use to be a safe driver while using the bioptics.
Within two business days of the successful completion of the thirty hours of classroom as well as the in-car training, your instructor will prepare a written narrative report, a Certificate Of Completion, and a signed Certification Checklist (provided to you by the Department). All three items will be mailed to the Medical Review Board of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. A copy of all three items will also be mailed to you and your ophthalmologist.
We will come to your home to meet you at the beginning of your behind the wheel lessons as long as you are within our service area of Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, or Gwinnett county. If you live outside our service area, we gladly will make arrangements to meet you someplace within our service area.
If you are interested in our Bioptic and Low Vision Driver Training Program, you will not need to worry about having a learner’s permit prior to your in-car lessons. The Georgia Department of Driver Services will not allow you to obtain a permit until you have been certified by a licensed driving school. Once we submit certification to the Department, and your ophthalmologist also submits his or her report to the Department, you will receive a letter from the Department as to the next steps for taking the written and driving tests. If you are under 18 years of age, you will have to wait until you have had your permit for at least a year and a day before you can obtain your license due to the Joshua’s Law requirements. If you are over 18 years of age, you can usually take the written and driving test the same day. Appointments for doing so must be made through the Department of Driver Services by calling 678.413.8400.
If you are interested in signing up for our classroom program, please click on the "Bioptic Classroom Schedule" link for more information or the "Online Registration" link to register.