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Right Way Drivers Education Academy in Craig is now full service

New drivers and those seeking reinstatement or seeking Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training are now able to receive a full range of state certified education and testing in Craig.

Kelly Hatten, owner of Hatten Enterprises and associated businesses, has about 16 years experience CDL testing and earlier this year became a full service drivers education provider.

"It gives me a real sense of accomplishment to know that I'm teaching our future drivers the best information they can have when they get out on the road," Hatten said.

When the school district stopped offering drivers education in 2016, the Director of the Drivers License Division for the State of Colorado called Hatten to encourage him to expand his education and testing to meet the needs of area student drivers.

"We had to do a bit of tweaking in our thought process and teaching to adjust to drivers education," Hatten said. "It's been a bumpy road along the way to figure out the correct method and terminology to put into words that the kids will understand."

They received support from the State of Colorado and from other driving schools.

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"We chose an approved curriculum. Our first class was in the shop. We had the white board but where the markers went, we still don't know to this day," Hatten said.

Classes are now more streamlined and fill fast.

Right Way Drivers Education Academy offers new drivers:

• 6-hour certified behind the wheel instruction time

• 30-hour class time

• Written drivers' permit test and the final drive test.

"They learn how to be safe drivers, important driving laws, qualify for auto insurance discounts and receive a certificate of completion to submit to any Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office to receive their licenses," Hatten said.

The company also provides recertification for people who might have lost their license due to penalty or non-renewal, including permit testing and final testing.

"The local DMV has been backlogged about six to eight weeks in the past. I can usually get them in within the same day or the next day," Hatten said.

Right Way continues to provide commercial drivers classes and testing. They cover pre-trip inspections, basic control skills for the maneuvers test and driving class for the final driving test.

Students and instructors use a small fleet of vehicles with safety break and branding for practical lessons.

Hatten asks drivers to be alert around learner drivers and give them a little more space. He also urges all drivers, especially parents of learners, to keep up with changing regulations.

"Graduating licensing laws have changed," Hatten said. "Know the laws and make sure that you are teaching the right things to your kids."

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.