At the DriveWise driving school in London Ontario, our goal is to teach students to be safe and confident drivers. We prepare our students for their G2 and G drive tests with a diverse learning approach that includes interactive in-class learning, in-car lessons and sessions with our driving simulator. Our approach to driving lessons is what sets us apart from the competition. We also have a state of the art driving simulator that simulates real driving hazards, including simulating the dangers of drinking & driving and texting & driving. Our SafeStart Beginner Driver Education programs are Ministry of Transportation approved and recognized by the insurance industry. Our students include beginner drivers, international students, new residents, new immigrants, and senior citizens who want to practice their driving skills. We teach our students cooperative driving strategies during in-car lessons. Using our driving simulator, we also teach students defensive driving strategies like how to control skids and driving in winter conditions. When it’s time for you to take your Ontario drive test, you’ll feel confident in your driving skills and happy with your driving school experience at DriveWise.


Driving Lesson FAQs – DriveWise London


How do I get my License?

Ontario has a graduated license system. You must be 16 years old to apply for a driver’s licence in Ontario. You must pass a written driving test and a vision test to earn your learner’s permit or G1. Earning your full “G” licence will require two additional road tests.

Where do I go for testing?

In Ontario you can apply for your driver’s licence at a DriveTest Centre.

In London the DriveTest Centre is located at 4380 Wellington Rd S, London, ON N6E 2Z6.

Where is the closest DriveWise centre?

DriveWise London offers courses throughout London at local high schools and Fanshawe College. Please see the SafeStart schedule for current course locations

When can I begin driver training?

You can begin driver training when you have obtained a G1 learner’s permit. You must be 16 years of age to apply for a learner’s permit.

What is included in the SafeStart program?

The DriveWise SafeStart program includes 40 hours of driver education: 20 hours are spent in class, with 6 in the driving simulator, 10 hours of online learning and 10 hours of private driving lessons in a vehicle.

How long does driver training take?

Each training program varies in length to best reach the learning objectives. Our SafeStart program is 40 hours divided into in-vehicle, in-class, online and driving simulation training.

In London we offer courses evenings and weekends. See the SafeStart schedule for a course that fits best with your lifestyle.

What courses do you offer?

DriveWise offers a wide variety of driver education programs that are suited to different learning objectives. Our SafeStart program is perfect for beginner drivers and drivers new to Canada who are looking to get their license. The Road Ready and Test Ready packages are ideal for practice and preparation for road tests. We also offer professional driver training. 

See more about our courses: Driving Training Courses

Does DriveWise do professional/corporate/municipal training?

DriveWise offers extensive training for various professional and corporate industries. DriveWise is able to offer online modules (pre-hire screening, new-hire and recurrent training), in-class lessons (both in-house and mobile/on-site), simulation training and optional in-vehicle learning. Some of our clients include Brinks, FedEx, Staples and Pacific Western Transportation. DriveWise offers national and international safety standardization based on risk mitigation data provided by our clients. Programming is built to be occupation-specific in order to best satisfy our clients’ needs. Learn more about our professional driver training programs.

What vehicles can training be provided for?

DriveWise can provide training for the following vehicles:

Private Motor Vehicle
Pick-up Truck (With or without trailer)
Step/Delivery Van
Heavy Truck (Manual or Automatic Transmission, various speeds including 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, super 10, 13 and 18)
Fire Truck
Ambulance
Police Cruiser (various models including the Crown Victoria, Impala and Charger)
Hummer and other military vehicles
Snowplow
Dump Truck
Garbage Truck
Cement Truck

Can you teach me to drive standard/automatic?

Yes! DriveWise is one of the only driver training centres that offer both standard and automatic lessons using the power of a driving simulator. Students are able to practice shifting techniques on the simulator without worrying about harming the vehicle’s clutch or transmission. Please contact us directly if you would like to set up a lesson

Is DriveWise MTO certified?

Yes, DriveWise is an Ministry Approved BDE course provider.

What if I miss a class?

If you miss a class, you will be required to make up the class at a later time. But if you miss the 3rd class, you must make up the 3rd class during the next DriveWise session.

Do I need a G1 before I start SafeStart?

No, you do not need your G1 before beginning your driver’s ed. At DriveWise, we have students that attend SafeStart before obtaining their G1, either for convenience or because they have a friend attending a class and they’d like to take it together. However, you cannot begin your in-car driving lessons until you have a valid G1 licence.

What should I bring to class? 

We provide students with workbooks so all you need to bring is a pen. All of our SafeStart sessions have breaks for lunch so be sure to bring snacks and water to keep you fueled. Many of our students also walk to nearby fast food spots for lunch if you’d prefer not to pack a lunch.

Do I need to take your course if I’m new to Ontario?

No, if you are moving from another province in Canada and are licenced in that province, you just need to exchange your current licence for an Ontario driver’s licence. But laws vary from province to province so please make sure you know which ones differ. If you are new driver in Canada, you may be required to begin in the graduated licencing system. If so, you could take 4 months off your eligibility to obtain your G2 with an MTO approved BDE course like our SafeStart program.

See more about our driving courses for new citizens to Canada

What if I fail my road test?

We have a high percentage of SafeStart students who pass on the first attempt. However, if you are not successful, you can book another road test in 10 days.

How do I get a certificate for insurance?

To get a certificate for your insurance provider, you will need to visit a physical Service Ontario location with your driver’s licence and ask for a driver’s licence history report. The cost is $12.00. You can also get it on Service Ontario’s website, if you prefer to have them mail you the copy.

Take a look at the SafeStart schedule today!