Since the first days of driving instruction, hands-on training has been the basis of any lesson given in teaching driving. Because car driving is a practical skill, practical training is an integral part of anyone's experience in learning to drive.
Believing in the importance of hands-on training, the Saudi Driving School requires a minimum of 20 hours of actual training on a real car supervised by highly trained and professional driving instructors. This training is conducted in two phases; yard training and road training.
The hands-on training begins in an enclosed field (yard) with no other cars. In this yard, the trainee acquires basic driving skills such as maneuvering the car, different types of parking and other basic driving skills.
The yard training consists of 6 hours of training. The trainee is then subjected to an applied test that measures the extent to which these aforementioned skills were acquired during yard training. In the event that the test was not passed, the trainee is required to go through a training hour for each skill that she did not pass before she starts the practical training on the roads. In the event of passing the yard test, the trainee begins training on actual roads.
Following passing the yard test, the trainee goes through intensive training in actual driving on the roads. The trainee drives the car in the streets and roads with the presence of other vehicles and pedestrians and hence learns through this training the basics of dealing with other vehicles.
The road training continues for 14 hours of on routes supervised by a highly trained and experienced driving instructor. This training is followed with another practical test that measures 16 basic driving skills and also measures the trainee's compliance with traffic rules and safety principles on the road.
Passing this test will qualify the trainee to obtain a driving license in Saudi Arabia from the General Department of Traffic.