Driving Lessons

Delivering premium quality driver training to our community since 1952. We strive to educate new drivers by promoting safe, courteous, defensive and alcohol/drug-free driving.

Lesson Overview

Before your loved ones get on the road, trust Gigliotti’s to teach them the rules of the road and how to drive safely. This year alone there will be over 3 million new teenage drivers on the road. This is often their first experience with real world responsibility. Driving is a complex world of social interaction and legal structure mixed with the laws of physics. This along with the need to make rapid and correct decisions makes success on the road a difficult activity for anyone. More than likely you have friends, relatives, or family members who were trained by Gigliotti's. Our goal is to educate drivers with the knowledge to be confident, aware, and defensive.  We place value on lifelong driver safety.

Our teaching techniques are one of a kind. We instill defensive driving strategies by teaching constant awareness of the drivers surroundings so they can react quickly and appropriately. We teach our students to be aware that their emotions play a big part in everyday driving and how this may affect their driving behavior. We make parallel parking and three point turns simple.

A Road Test can be a challenging event. We try to make it less stressful by scheduling the road test for our students and accompanying them on the day of the test. Our success rate has been high, and the students are always proud of their driving accomplishments.

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  • Who Must Take it

    • Highly encouraged.
    • Recommended by the DMV.
    • Junior drivers must have 50 hours of supervised driving.

    Lesson Highlights

    • Become a safe and confident driver with our help.
    • We make parallel parking and three-point turns simple.
    • Personal attention to the more nervous student.
    • Driving lessons are private


    Please call to schedule a lesson

    Please understand that our schedule fills up quickly – lessons are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and timeline can be dictated by instructor availability and the weather.  You will be given an idea of when your lesson will be when you call the school. An instructor will call you back and confirm drive times.

     Lessons can be scheduled by calling our office at (315) 732-5049

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    Fees & Options

    Please call for pricing

    Pricing can be determined by calling our office at (315)732-5049  Cash or check only. Credit cards are not accepted at this time.

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    Schedule & Locations

    Lessons can be scheduled Monday - Friday and Saturdays Seasonally

    The driving lessons are private and last approximately 1 hour. We will teach you everything you need to know to be a safe driver and pass your Road Test.

    Location of pick up and drop off will be determined when making your driving lesson appointment.

    If you are unable to keep your scheduled lesson, you must contact us at least 24 hours in advance.

    What Must I Bring To My Lesson?

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    Valid Pictured Learner's Permit

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    Price Depends on Pickup Location

    Cash or check only. Credit cards are not accepted at this time.

    Practice, Practice, Practice

    Most new drivers who fail their road test were not adequately prepared. Professional driving instruction is recommended as well as a meticulous review of the Drivers Manual. If you are under the age of 18 and have a Class DJ or Class MJ permit, make sure you read about supervised practice driving hours required by law that must be certified by your parent or guardian.

    The Department of Motor Vehicles Recommendations for All Learners


    Minimum hours recommended of supervised practice driving before you take your road test.


    Minimum hours recommended of supervised practice driving at night (after sunset) before you take your road test.


    Minimum hours recommended of supervised practice driving in moderate to heavy traffic before you take your road test.

    Driving Lesson Gift Certificates Available Makes A Great Gift!

    Please Call 315.732.5049 For More Information


    Read Our Reviews

      Daniel McMonagle, Utica, NY

      This driving school is the best in central New York. My son learned so much from the instructor. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
      Thank you so very much for everything!
      You guys rock!!!

      Nertila Zogby, Utica, NY

      I cannot emphasize enough the importance Gigliotti’s Driving school had in me passing the driving test. My instructor (Mr. Gigliotti) was very professional, always on time and he gave me lots of confidence which made me feel assured in taking my driving test.The extended knowledge and experienced advice that he shared with me did not only serve me good during the test but will stay will me every time I am behind the wheel. This is the only driving school that I will recommend.

      Hira Bakshi, Utica, NY

      Bernie and his son were both incredible instructors. They were honest, so very patient, thorough, and gave advice only experienced instructors could give. They are wonderful at figuring out your trouble points, and will help you resolve them. They are experts through and through. Would recommend to everyone.

      Jessica Merrill, Utica, NY

      Excellent service. My instructor was very nice and understanding! I will be back next week!

      Ryan Balch, Utica, NY

      Great Experience, my driving instructor was David, and helped me learn many new techniques, and gave me great advice!

      Iriele Chery, Utica, NY

      Mr. Gigliotti is the best!! He took care of my problems personally!! Anyone who says they got bad service is lying, I was 100% a happy satisfied customer!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If, for any reason, you are unable to keep your driving lesson, you must contact Gigliotti’s at least 24 hours in advance (48 hours for Monday lessons) If we are not notified in time, you are responsible for full payment.

    Our lessons are private and last approximately 45-50 min.

    We are all different and therefore we all will learn at different rates. There are a lot of factors that will determine how long it will take. Our driving instructors will teach you in as few hours as possible while focusing on keeping you safe.
    After your first driving lesson, your driving instructor will be able to determine approximately how many lessons you will need in order to accomplish your goals.
    No, Gigliotti’s vehicles are dually controlled so in the event something happens the driving instructor can take control of the vehicle.
    No, you must have a valid NYS permit in order to take a driving lesson. If it is a out-of-state permit you must contact your state's DMV to make sure the permit is valid in New York.