Start Out Smart Driver Education

Start Out Smart Driver Education


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All of our driving instructors are current or former law enforcement - Who better to teach you how to drive than a COP? We come to your house for pick up. In order to provide flexible scheduling, we offer driving times 7 days a week. Our primary instructor - Paul - has been teaching teenagers and law enforcement officers driving skills for more than 20 years. Paul alone has taught some 3500 teenagers how to drive.We service Orange County, Western Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, South Eastern sections of Los Angeles County. We do not just teach our students how to pass the drive test, but to be SAFE, EDUCATED, DEFENSIVE DRIVERS. The three most important areas to be a successful driver. 

Showing young people how to be successful in an area most are very afraid to do. Building their confedence, improving their skills, and showing them how to gain their freedom, to be more successful in life.

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Corona, CA 92879
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A typical new student does not how much driving skills, if any at all. Most who have driving skills fall into 2 catagories: 1)Students who are desert rats...families who have ATVs and have been riding since a young age, or 2)Students who have parents who started their driving before they came to a driving school for more formal instruction. In CA, this method of parent first training is illegal, unless the student is over the age of 18 years old. Students under 18 years old, must have at least one driving lesson with a licensed driving instructor first, before the studant may work with their parents.  

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

All of the instructors are current or former law enforcement officers. So,right off the bat, you have an instructor who knows the rules of driving better than most people; the instructors have breen driving in southern CA for a living, so they understand the traffic patterns; and we have been teaching teenagers for over 15 years now, so we understand their thought process and their goals. Paul is our promary instructor and he has taught around 3000 teenagers, just himself.

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

All of our lessons are 2 hours long. A CA student under 18years of age, must have 6 hours of driving, before taking their DMV driving test. Our most popular package is the 3-2 hour driving lessons at $275.00.

Many parents wish to purchase additional driving hours. We offer single 2 hour lessons at $100.00 per lesson. Additionally, families buy an addition lesson just for freeway driving or in many cases, to drive with their student to their local college for the first time.

Young driver over the age of 18 years old are not required tohave a minimum number of hours of professional instruction. So we offer the signle lesson to them as an opportunity to get them started or to fine tune them before their driving test.

How did you get started teaching?

Paul started by first driving with another driving school in south Orange County. After several years there and getting tired of the drive from Corona area to OC, he left and opened up his own school.

Addition to teaching teenagers how to drive, Paul was a police officer in southern CA for nearly 25 years. He worked as a traffic accident investigator, investigating hundreds of accidents over the years. So, he understands the poor driving habits of southern CA drivers.

Paul taught defensive driving for several years at the police academy. Teaching new officers preventitive high speed driving and techical driving methods.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with students at all skill levels. Some who have never driven before and are not even sure which is gas and which is break. We have worked with students who are barely 15 1/2 years old and students who are as old as 25 years, who never had the opportunity to get their license. We do not work with adults over 25 years old. Our usual age cut off is 20 years old, but we may work with those slightly older. Additionally we do not speak any foriegn languages efficient for driving instruction.

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

*Make sure the instructor is licensed to teach

*Check for references. Ask a friend or other parent

*Look on social media like and Facebook. We are not on Facebook, but we are on

*Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you are uneasy, then your probably right.

*Instruction should only be one student at a time. If there is more than one student in the car, drivinbg hours only count for the actual time you ae driving, not the total time in tha car watching someone else drive.

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

*What is ture your driving skill level.

*How much time do you AND your parents have to devote to practice the driving skills taught you by your instructor. Students are busy people now a days with school, homework, sports, socialism. A student must be willing to practice driving skills on a regular bases. Just like sports... a player in season doesn't practice once a week for just a few minutes. They practice 20-25 hours a week. Driving is alot more dangerous than playing any sport, so are you prepared to put the time in???

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