Behind the Wheels driving test California

November 27, 2021
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Earning a drivers license is an exciting milestone, one that gives new drivers freedom and independence. Unfortunately, this also comes with risk and danger, especially for teens:

  • About 36% of teen drivers receive a traffic citation every year.
  • About 10% of young drivers are involved in a police-reported collision every year.
  • Traffic collisions are the #1 cause of death for teens in the US.

Our mission is to prepare novice drivers for a lifetime of crash-free driving.

Driving lessons that teach advanced safe driving techniques

It's not hard to teach someone how to drive on an empty road. The challenge is to teach someone how to drive safely on busy, crowded streets with many unpredictable drivers and variables.

We have studied police crash reports and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. We have identified the behaviors that cause collisions and designed a training program to teach novice drivers the advanced cognitive skills needed for defensive driving. These skills include proper scanning, attention maintenance, speed management in different conditions, hazard detection and anticipation, and quick evaluation of possible safe driving maneuvers.

Research-based training designed specifically for teens

Research in developmental psychology has shown that adolescents learn differently than adults, especially with regard to making decisions about risky behavior and peer influence. We use teaching strategies that are tailored to teens and proven to facilitate knowledge retention and application in new situations. We offer such a complete learning experience that teens can even earn 0.25 Carnegie Units for taking lessons with us.

Every student has a different learning style and pace. We start each behind-the-wheel lesson with an assessment of the specific student. Then we adjust the lesson presentation so that the student is calm, confident, and ready to learn. We understand and respect the needs of every student.

Professional behind-the-wheel driving instructors

We care about whom we hire and how we train them. All instructors must pass a detailed background check and have several years of safe driving experience. We provide extensive training that meets and exceeds California licensing requirements, including training in hazard identification and collision avoidance and prevention. instructors are not only mature and experienced but also helpful, friendly, and patient. Our driving instructors know how to relate to new drivers and communicate effectively with students of all ages.

We partner with parents

California law requires teens under 18 to complete 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor. Parents also need to spend at least 50 hours supervising their teen's driving before the road test. Supervising a teen driver is an important and demanding role for parents, both before and during the provisional-licensing period.

We want to prepare parents for driving supervision and help make this time as stress-free and productive as possible. After each driving lesson, we provide a detailed 24-point progress report so that you know which driving skills need additional attention. We communicate with you directly and thoroughly, so you understand what and how to teach your teen.

MINI Coopers are the safest (and they're pretty cool too!)

Students love learning in our MINI Cooper cars! Yes, they're fun to drive and easy to handle—and they're also made with some of the best technology available. Built with BMW engineering, these cars have earned 5-star safety ratings from the New Car Assessment Program.

All our cars are specially equipped with dual brakes and special mirrors so our instructors are ready to assist our students at all times. With a surprising 41.4" of leg room and 50.6" of shoulder width, these cars roomy and comfortable. We cover an average of one million student training miles in these cars every year!

Lessons for all ages and skill levels

Earning a license is only the beginning of a driver's development. We offer comprehensive training to help adult drivers perfect their driving technique, learn how to drive in a new environment, or correct poor driving habits.

Many people choose to begin driving later in life. We provide special training for adults who are learning to drive for the first time. Some drivers who have been a collision or taken a hiatus from driving may feel nervous about getting back in the driver's seat. Whatever your situation, our driving instructors will work with you to build your skill and confidence so you're safe and comfortable behind the wheel.

Easy, convenient scheduling and pick-up

We know that life can be hectic. That's why we offer lessons from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Scheduling lessons with us is easy. Our customer support team uses a state-of-the-art scheduling system to find the right lesson time for you and arrange for your pick-up at your home, school, or work. Our instructors live and work in the communities in which they teach. We have local instructors who are only minutes from a convenient pick-up location near you!

Licensed and approved by experts, recommended by parents

We have been teaching people to drive since 1983, when our driving school was originally founded. is the only driving school in North America that is both approved by the Road Safety Educators' Association and accredited by the Driving School Association of the Americas. We have also earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our commitment to safe driving extends beyond the individual driver. We serve on the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education and other state and national workgroups to improve driver education and traffic safety. We're involved with associations and conferences for DMV administrators and state highway safety offices, such as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. We even help put on the Lifesavers Conference, the nation's largest traffic safety conference. We are professionals drawn from education, law enforcement, and driving schools, and we take safety seriously.

Join over 6 million drivers who have learned to drive with us. Sign up for driving lessons today.

Or call us at 888-651-2886 or one of our local numbers for more information!

  1. Young Drivers: Teenage Driver Crash Statistics - California Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, April 2014.
  3. Teen Drivers: Get the Facts - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 7, 2014.
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