Dollar Driving School

Dollar Driving School

1 hire on
8 employees
40 years in business

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Driving school leader since 1980. Member of the driving school associated of California. Longest serving president of association presently past president. First instructor to be licensed as a drive test examiner in California. We rank among the top driving schools in California. We have a first time passing rate of 96%. We are not inexpensive but we are knowledgeable, professional, friendly and competent above and beyond most driving schools. In our school you will learn more than just how to drive a car you will learn how to think behind the wheel.

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Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We first pick up a student by showing up at our client and presenting ourselves to them or parents as the case may be.

Before driving we will a quaint student with the instrumentation of the car, seat and mirror adjustments.

Lessons typically begin in a quiet residential area and based on a students abilities will expand from there. Basic residential right and left turns are worked on and then expanded to incorporating urban business areas with more complex driving. 

Parking, u turns and backing up training is approached as general skills mature. Then the focus switches to defensive driving and visual search patterns and training the eyes and brain to drive defensively. Later more advanced skills such as mountain, canyon driving and freeway are approached with a more mature driver.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

All instructors are trained by dollar driving school or retrained by us and then are licensed by the DMV. Our instructors are very different from most driving schools as they are divided into groups, basic instructor, master instructors, master team 100 instructors. These are levels of experience that divide  our team up.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Our price structure is based on the experience levels of the instructors. Base instructors are competitively priced with other  good schools. Master instructors and above are more expensive based on their years of experience and results with their students.

How did you get started teaching?

i started in 1980 with a partner. I felt I was competent and could help teach people to become good drivers. From the moment I started I realized how little people depend on in terms of their real knowledge and from there on I began to really learn how much there was to know.

What types of students have you worked with?

my school has worked with all ranges of students. 

Teen agers of course

adults of course

senior citizens of course

also learning challenged such as the wide spectrum of adhd and Aspergers to Autism, to handicaps vision impaired and on.

we also do corporate risk management or fleet management. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

There are too many over a life time of training. However the knowledge that a driver is truly competent and parents are knowledgeable that their children t

really know what they are doing is always gratifying. We have a club in our school called the club 100 where we strive to get our students not just to pass and get a license but strive to get  zero mistakes on their drive test. When they do they get awards. The reasoning is simple the higher the level of perfection they start with gives them that more of a chance to be safe and competent out on the road for themselves and others.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would tell them to find out the years they have been at it. I would encourage them to find out from friends how competent and professional the instructor was. I would encourage them to find out how their friends did on their drive test. Did they pass the first time and how well. Above all find out how well and long the graduates have driven problem free.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

as much as the public is driven to ask first of all how much does it cost, that is the wrong approach. Quality training in any field is not accomplished by the lowest price. When making a choice remember this is something that is done once in your life. No matter what it costs it will be less than all the haircuts you will take in a life time or doctor visits, or gasoline for your car all your life. It is potentially expensive in the moment like buying a good pair of skies that once bought will be used for years. Get the best training you can buy it will save your life most likely which is more the the money in your pocket.

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