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  • Q. I PASSED THE DMV WRITTEN TEST AND HAVE MY PERMIT, WHAT DO I DO NOW?

    A: Go to Sign Up Here and purchase the 6 Hour Package. This is the minimum DMV behind the wheel requirement for drivers under 17 1/2 (Those 17 1/2 or older can choose: 2 hours, 4 hours or 6 hours of instruction).

    Note: If you are younger than 18, only after completing the first two hour lesson, are you allowed to drive with your parents or a California licensed driver over the age of 25.

    You will then have two additional lessons spread over a time that allows you to practice and improve your driving skills.

    At the end of the third lesson, you will be issued an official Completion Certificate (DL400D) which you will present to the DMV the day of your behind the wheel test.



    Q. HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY FIRST LESSON?

    A. After signing up online, give us a call (or text or email) to schedule your first lesson. We can get you started right away! In addition, we send email or text notifications to confirm lessons and also provide written feedback via a Student Report Card emailed after each lesson. Lessons 2 and 3 will be mutually agreed upon and booked at the end of each lesson.



    Q: I HAVE SEEN OTHER DRIVING SCHOOLS CHARGING LESS THAN SOCAL DRIVING ACADEMY FOR TRAINING, WHY?

    A: Because they use low wage, low quality instructors. Ask your friends about the bad experiences they have had. We hear all kinds of stuff like having the student go on errands, drive through McDonalds, pick up dry cleaning, etc.

    You can get good or cheap but you can not get good AND cheap. We get many ``do over`` students from cheap schools who end up paying more than if they had used us in the first place.

    Groupon a pizza - not something where your loved ones safety is involved and life long habits will be formed.



    Q: WHAT ACTUALLY TAKES PLACE DURING A LESSON?

    A: Lesson one: The instructor will go over dash instruments, questions (and one trick) the DMV will ask the day of the exam. Additionally, traffic safety rules, parking, lane changes, following distance, and smooth braking are among the topics covered. At end of the first lesson the instructor will sign page 2 of the permit allowing the student to legally drive with their parents.

    Lesson two: Review of lesson one. If the student has made satisfactory progress, they will go on the freeway, practice parallel parking, park and reverse (will be on the test) and focus more on defensive driving techniques.

    Lesson three: A review of lessons one and two with a focus on cleaning up any rough edges or bad habits. We want to make sure the student can not only pass the DMV test, but more importantly, be a safe driver once the parent and instructor get out of the car.

    Finally, the student will be presented with an Official DMV Approved Completion Certificate (DL400D) that they will take with them the day of the test. This is a general overview. Some students progress slower and some faster. Each student will be evaluated and instructed based on their own ability. We will not rush a students lesson nor will we hold back a student with prior driving experience or exceptional ability. Each course is tailored to each student.

    Q: CAN WE GET EXTRA LESSONS?

    A: Yes, its $50 per hour for any time after the initial 6 hours. So 8 hours would be $400, 12 hours $600, 25 hours would be $1,250, etc. Must call us to book.


    Q: WHY DO YOU CHARGE $50 FOR CANCELLING A LESSON WITH LESS THAN 24 HOUR NOTICE?

    A: When your lesson is booked, a driver is scheduled and a car is reserved for that specific day and hour. Both have to be paid for even if you don't show up. In addition, any outstanding fees owed to SoCal will have to be paid before a completion certificate can be issued.



    Q: DO YOU TEACH STUDENTS WITH ADHD, AUTISM, OR ASPERGERS SYNDROME?

    A: Yes! We specialize in teaching people with special attention needs.

    However, we do ask that you tell us in advance. That way we can make sure the student gets the most out of the lesson tailored to their learning style. All of our students have passed on their first exam after taking our course. Our last student had failed 6 times over 1 year (multiple schools) - he passed with us. Parents were shocked. Let us shock you too!



    Q: DO YOU TEACH SENIOR CITIZENS?

    A: Yes- Many seniors need to refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road or prepare for retesting after even minor collisions.



    Q: I HAVE AN OUT OF STATE LICENSE OR I AM FROM A DIFFERENT COUNTRY, CAN YOU GET ME UP TO SPEED HERE?

    A: Yes, do you ever wonder why you are getting honked at since moving to California? Not sure who has the right of way in a parking lot? Can you cross solid lines, yellow lines, double lines? Can you go on a red light? Many states and counties have different driving norms.

    Let us teach you how to fit in locally.



    Q: WHAT CITIES DO YOU SERVE?

    A: San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Seal Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, Brea, Santa Ana, and Yorba Linda.

    Note: Cities outside of Orange County will be considered based on our availability - an additional fee will be added to cover gas and time spent driving to a location outside of OC. You can also start/end at our Tustin office to avoid an additional fee. Call us before signing up online.

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