Behind The Wheel Driving School

Behind The Wheel Driving School

10 employees
28 years in business

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We provide lessons in all new model vehicles that are well-maintained.

Why do students continue to refer their friends and family to Behind the Wheel Driving School?

    • All of our instructors are fully licensed with background checks.
    • We will show up for our lessons as scheduled.
    • We have been around for over 20 years. We are not a fly-by-night type of operation like others out there.
    • We will not put our students in a driving situation like the freeway until they are ready for it.
    • We have instructors that have been teaching for over 10 years.
    • Our instructors receive continued training to keep them up to speed with new traffic laws, driving trends and effective methods of teaching driver safety.
    • We have all new model vehicles from 2011 to newer.
    • We pick up and drop off anywhere within our service area 7 days a week for no extra charge.
    • All of our vehicles are properly maintained and are equipped with a dual gas and brake pedal.
    • Most of our customers come to us from referrals, which proves that we have satisfied our previous customers.
    • We strive to teach our students to drive legally and safely. Additionally, we provide helpful tips on how to pass the DMV drive test.

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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We teach according to each students unique needs. Typically, we will start by teaching students how to control the vehicle by making safe turns. We start in a quiet residential area and will only proceed to busier areas once the student is driving safe enough to do so. All of our vehicles are newer models that are equiped with a dual gas and brake pedal so that the instructor can take full control of the vehicle in order to keep you safe. We will continue to practice additional driving skills as you improve.

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

All of our instructors are highly trained and have had extensive background checks.

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

We have set pricing for our services. Please visit our website for pricing:

How did you get started teaching?

Behind the Wheel Driving School was established in 1994 by the legendary driving instructor, Frank Zock. Since then, we have been family-owned and operated in Manhattan Beach in the same location. We are fully licensed (#4471), bonded and insured. Our licensing was approved through the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

What types of students have you worked with?

We work with teens, adults and seniors. We teach brand new drivers, those that just need a brush up and others who have arrived with driving experience from another country.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Here is an online review from one of our previous customers:

“We've used BTW for both of our daughters and have been consistently happy with their level of professionalism, service and friendly teachers.  I was extremely (!) dubious about letting my daughters in a car with a complete stranger but my fears were assuaged not only by the people in the office -- with whom I spoke every time I had a question -- but by the completely "normal" (yes, that's a great thing with a driving instructor) teachers that showed up to pick up our kids.  They make things convenient (pick-up is wherever, locally, you specify: school, church, tutoring, wherever), the cost is reasonable and without exception the teachers are punctual, knowledgeable and helpful.  I can't say enough good things about the company.   They're local and very professional and, most importantly, both of my daughters felt really comfortable with their teachers.  You'll be happy if you call them!” 

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

Find someone who is very experienced, professional, patient and will take the time to help you with your specific needs. We would be happy to be that school for you.

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

Have you had any close calls or scary situations when driving? If so, what happened? We can help you to improve these specific driving skills in order to minimize your risk of these same types of situations in the future.

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