This is what is cover in Driver Training

Topics Covered:

  • Instruments and Controls
  • Steering Control
  • Accelerator and Brake Controls
  • Right and Left Turns
  • Lane Changing
  • Turns in Traffic
  • Blind Spots and Mirrors Check
  • Approaching and Timing Traffic Lights
  • Reverse Straight
  • Reverse Turns
  • Turnabouts
  • Gauging the Curb
  • Up and Down Hill Parking
  • Angle Parking
  • Parallel Parking
  • One-way Street
  • Night Time Driving
  • U-Turns in Business Districts
  • Freeway Driving
  • Two-way Left Turn Lane
  • Simulated Road Test
  • Judging Time Gap at Intersection

In order for you to start driving you must pass your permit test at the DMV.

The steps to get your permit. Take a class or go online.  We send you the blue Certificate of Completion form.  Get a folder (many students use a big ziplock bag to keep all the info).

DL44 we will sent it to you.  I cannot believe why other online driving schools do not send it.  It is because they are so cheap!@!! 

original birth certificate-- no copies!  I repeat no copies!  If you lost it then you need to go to your county of birth.  Most counties have the department call Death and Birth Certificates.  --Cost is $15 to get it or you can drive there to get it.

Social security card.  Make sure you get the names together. Some students give the wrong name. 

$31 good for one year.

Go to your DMV and you need not make an appointment.  Go before three and if you cut class then tell your high school it is a doctor appointment.

Take your permit test and good luck.  If you pass then whhhooopeee

Next call your local Driving School. note: some are cheaper and you pay for what you get.  We charge $345 for 6 hours of driver training.  I am the owner and I will never ever let my teachers cut corners with you.  When you pay the $345 we will give you a white Certificate of Simultaneously enrollment.  permit test. 



Congratulations, it is the next step is to call for your first appointment


We can be busy and we will do our best to fill you in.  We have 5 teachers


TIP   go into the website where there is an interactive driving tutorial.

This website has a highly recommended 60 second tip


For adults 2 hour Driver Training is $100


This is a good website to look at before you start driver training or just before you take your driving test. The site contains many 60 second clips on various subjects including: Turning, Stoppin/Parking, Highway driving, High Risk Behaviors, Hazardous Conditions, Sharing th Roadway, Inside the Vehicle, and Safety columns.


The good  -- lots of excellent information.  I even learned a lot from these videos.
The bad --  Again it is in Canada - you must make the conversions from kilometers to miles and metric to standard.  Some clips are a little fuzzy.
Overall it is  FREE  FREE FREE


What your child should know before taking the first lesson


The online courses do not teach driver training so it is our job.  The DMV laws states that you cannot drive with your child until one has taken at least one 2 hour driver training with our school. 




Do not take your child on the street.  If you have time it helps and it makes sense to take your kid to an open parking lot.   We have train kids their very first time where they were totally blank on what they were going to do on the first lesson


Class room instruction will teach you teen at least in their head what to expect on the first lesson.  We will certainly do our best to teach you teen even if they have no experience behind the wheel.  If the teen is familiar at least with the brake, accelerator, and steering wheel, they may not be as nervous.  We have taken nervous teens that were so nervous that we could not teach them anything.


In the parking lot or even at your house, you can show your teen:


  • the physical left right and stop, show arm signals
  • the basic instrument panels and control.
  • hazard light, parking brakes, defroster, windshield wipers, and headlights.



It would be helpful to discuss the basic mechanics of the vehicle, i.e. the various fluids, brake, oil, steering mechanism, radiator, power steering, and transmission


Adjust the seat and then adjust the mirror.  If the teen cannot see 12 feet in front of the car a pillow should be used to raise the height.


Steering position  go to and type in how to drive


Back in the days when driver education and training were free and when air bags were not use yet, the ten to two position of holding the steering was the standard. 

Air bag have  change the position from 10 to 2 to the present


9 to 3 or     4 to 8 position



Show your teen basic vehicle controls in an safe, controlled area such as an empty parking lot. Make sure no other vehicles or pedestrians are in the area and you are on a flat surface


Show the teen where the ignition and the gears are.  Show where the parking gear is.

You can show your teen how to start the car.  Foot on the brake and start the ignition.  Have the teen press on the gas as lightly as possible.  This is important to save gas and to teach way in advanced they do not need to press the accelerator to the floor.

You can have the student press on the brake and slowly shift to drive.

Have the teen shift to drive while their foot is on the brake.  Let the teen cover the brake only to allow the car to go forward. Have the teen go a few feet and have the teen press slowly on the brakes. 

WARNING (never have you teen drive into your driveway, teens have been known to inadvertently accelerate when they were suppose to brake.)

Have the teen slowly accelerate and brake until you feel the teen can stop the car softly.


Lastly, have the teen drive around the parking lot.  Have the teen steer the car around in a oval or rectangular route. 

How to steer the car

We teach both hand-over-hand and push-pull.


Hand-over-hand are when the hands cross over each other in making a turn.  The problem is that the arms are crossing when making the turn.  Never allow your teen to grab the inside of the steering wheel.  This method of steering is acceptable to the DMV testing as long as the arms do not lock when coming out of the turn. Try to keep the hands opposite of each other


Push-pull slide

This is slowly becoming the standard.

The hands never cross each other .  When making a left turn the left hand goes to 11 o’clock and pulls down while the right hand simultaneously pushes up.


Have the teen park the car in an angle and perpendicular parking space with no curb.

Have the teen pull 2 to 4 feet from the curve


Good luck These previous info is optional and if  your teen practices a little and is not too nervous, we can teach the teen more.

worth  a look from the DMV


Good luck  (510) 791-7200  press star to bypass the message. We are closed on Tuesdays

Collin the owner  I am a Berkeley graduate