‍‍‍‍‍‍Southeastern Driving Academy‍‍‍

More experience, ‍‍‍better outcomes

What to know more about us?  

Find out what makes Southeastern Driving Academy so unique and what motivates us.

‍‍‍info@southeasterndrivingacademy.com |‍‍‍ 843.706.3570

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‍‍‍‍‍‍The leading Drivi‍‍‍ng School serving greater Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area.

Our mission‍‍‍‍‍‍:‍‍‍

Our experience translates into your SUCCESS.  For the past 10 years we have worked with over 4200 clients‍‍‍ and our state certified instructors have each logged thousands of behind the wheel hours with our students. We have faced challenges of special need students as well as those with learning disabilities and found great joy in seeing them earn their South Carolina Driver’s License. We have had the opportunity to work with individuals ranging in age from 15 to 92.‍‍‍

Our program is structured to each individual and we pride ourselves in our abilities to have our students succeed at a rate of over 98% the first time they attempt to take the DMV ROAD TEST whether they test with our safety officer or with the SCDMV examiner.

Please ask your friends about Southeastern Driving Academy, their classroom experience, their on the road experience, their testing success. Our reputation is our best advertisement.

Mr. Tom is hilarious.  I never knew this could be so fun.

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍- Student Driver 2017

To assist new drivers in their desire to become SAFE, RESPONSIBLE and SUCCESSFUL licensed drivers.  

‍‍‍Online re‍‍‍gistration

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is the Student Driver Course?

The complete Program Package is $325.00. For an additional $50.00, the student will have use of the Driving School vehicle for the road test.

  • Will I be driving with any other students in the car?

Never, we provide only "one on one" behind the wheel instruction with a certified instructor.

  • How soon will I get my license?

If you are eligible (having held your permit for 181 days or longer) we will complete your training within a week to 10 days depending on your schedule. We have two student driver vehicles and two instructors available at all times.

  • Will my parent need to come to the DMV on the day of the test?

Of course they are welcome, but we will have completed all the paperwork with them prior to the test date so they will not have to be there. Our instructor will assist you through the process and will return you to school or home.

  • What kind of paperwork do I need to get my License?

We will coordinate the paper work and make sure that you have everything you need. You will need your PERMIT and if under 17, $12.50 for the License Fee. We will fill out the DMV application in advance for your parent’s signature and we will provide the PDLA form you will need to have signed by your school and parents.

  • Will I have to take a written test to get my license?

No. You have already completed the written portion of the driving exam and will not have to retest if your permit is current or expired less than 9 months.

  • What kind of cars do you have?

We have a 2016 KIA Sorrento SUV. It is outfitted with dual brakes and mirrors for your safety and comfort.

  • Will I have to provide insurance to drive your car?

No, we have a Commercial Driving School policy that covers you both in the car (even while on the driving test) and when you are at your classroom session. We are protected for 1,000,000 Liability, 500,000 uninsured motorists 300,000 underinsured motorists.

  • Is there an advantage of taking the full course rather than the hourly instruction?

Yes, of course. You get the benefit of 8 hours of interactive classroom with a certified instructor as well as a defensive driving certificate at the satisfactory completion of the course. Many insurance companies offer a discount upon receipt of said certificate. Discounts vary with each insurance company.

  • Where do we meet for the Driving Instruction?

We provide pick up and return from school, home, work or specific activity in the greater Hilton Head / Bluffton area.

  • When are classes held?

Two Saturday’s a month. See the Upcoming Schedule for current dates.

  • Do I need to register for a class or can I just show up?

We request that you call and make a reservation as we have limited seating in each Saturday class.

  • What if I need to cancel my class date?

We have no fees for class cancellation or a change to a different class date. We do request common courtesy of a phone call as soon you may know a change is required as we may be able to fill the seat with another student. We realize teen schedules can often be complicated.

  • Do I need to bring anything to class?

Please being your Permit or License, Social Security number and the appropriate fee.

  • ‍‍‍‍‍‍What vehicle will I use to take the road test?

Our Ultimate Program‍‍‍‍‍‍ is structured for you to take the ROAD TEST in our vehicle, the same vehicle you trained in. Experience has shown us that using the same vehicle creates a higher rate of road test success. Although we are not with you on the road test, you are still fully insured by our commercial policy. Our Superior Program is structured for you to take the ROAD TEST in your own vehicle.


Contact US

104 Wedgefield Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926-2260

‍‍‍(843) 706-3570‎  


Classroom Location‎:

10 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton SC 29910‎  

Serving the Low Country Including‎: Hilton Head, Bluffton, Hardeeville and Ridgeland‎

So‍‍‍utheastern Driving Academy

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Many insurance companies offer special discounts for participating in a defensive driving course. We encourage you to contact your agent for further detail.‍‍‍

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Auto Insurance Discounts‍‍‍

Tips for Lowering Your Auto Insurance Premiums from the SC Department of Insurance

  • Driving safely.
  • Shop around and compare prices.
  • Maintain a good driving record.
  • Take the highest deductible you can afford and also take collision and comprehensive coverage.
  • Before buying a vehicle, determine the cost of insuring it.
  • On cars with a market value less than $1,000, consider carrying only liability coverage.
  • Try to pay your premium well in advance of due date. No grace period applies to automobile insurance.
  • Review your policy periodically and update coverage accordingly.

Ask about discounts such as:

  • Multiple cars on a policy
  • Completion of driver education courses
  • Good student drivers under age 25
  • Mature driver (between 50 and 65 years of age)
  • Airbags and other safety equipment
  • Anti-theft devicesLow mileage accident-free record
  • ‍‍‍‍‍‍Auto/home insurance with same company  


‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Tom Young

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Tom is the Classroom Instructor as well as the Lead Instructor for in vehicle instruction. Over the past 8 years he has developed a well planned approach to improving the skills and safety of current and new drivers.‍‍‍

Owner and PResident of Southeastern Driving Academy

‍‍‍Joellen Young

The voice of Southeastern Driving Academy and will answer all your questions to provide you with the information you need for the program.  Joellen handles the scheduling and‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ Classroom Instruction.

co-Owner ‍‍‍‍‍‍ of Southeastern Driving Academy

about us

We have been certified‍‍‍ by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles to ‍‍‍administer the ROAD TEST for applicants wishing to obtain a South Carolina Driver's License.

The Road Test is included as an option for some of our teen course packages. We are also happy to test hourly students that have completed a minimum of two training hours with Southeastern Driving Academy. The cost of the test for hourly students is $50.

There are never any guarantees that an applicant will pass their road test when testing with the DMV or with us. We follow the same protocol and scoring system in our testing as the examiners at the DMV. The advantages of testing with our safety officer is that the students know us and have more of a comfort level with us and we can be more flexible with our hours for testing.

Certified for Drivers License Test

‍‍‍‍‍‍4 Point Reduc‍‍‍tion

An 8 hour Defensive driving course for 4 point reduction and court requirements‍‍

‍‍‍The 8 hour Defensive Driving ‍‍‍Course is offered twice monthly for the purpose of a 4 Point reduction and Court Requirements (AAA Certified).


‍‍‍4 Point Red‍‍‍uction

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Behind-t‍‍‍he-wheel training

‍‍‍A 6 hour Behind-the-wheel training with the instructor in the car to apply practical‍‍‍ knowledge and proper drivng techniques.

Depending on the level of driv‍‍‍ing experience that the student has at the time of the course, the 6 hours will be divided up accordingly.  Longer sessions for more experienced drivers and shorter ones for newer driver.

Students will be picked up at home or school and then delivered back to their pickup location upon completion of their driving session.

Driving sessions are typically scheduled after school and on weekends.


AN 8 ‍‍‍hour Classroom teaches the basic fundamentals required to safely operate a motor vehicle on South Carolina's roadways

The classroom covers signs and signals, road markings, vehicle control, right-of-way determination, road rules and the responsibilities with driving a motor vehicle.

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍The Ultimate Package



Superior Package



8 hrs of classroom

6 hrs of behind-the-wheel training

Road Test with Southeastern Driving Safety Officer

Student must take provided documents to the SC DMV within 30 days to obtain license

8 hrs of classroom

6 hrs of behind-the-wheel training

Road Test at the SC DMV or with Southeastern Driving Safety Officer

Accompany student to the SC DMV to obtain licenses

Vehicle will be made available at $0 cost

S‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍tuden‍‍‍t Driver Packages

‍‍‍‍‍‍Hou‍‍‍‍‍‍rly Instruction



Some individuals may require hourly driving lessons. This may include first time adult drivers, drivers from foreign countries, those with special needs and seniors needing a refresher.

Lessons are given in 2 x hour increments, which have proven to be most efficient for the student.

‍‍‍Class ‍‍‍Dates: 2018

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