Institute For Drivers Safety

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  • 2245 W University Dr 10

    Tempe, AZ 85281

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If i could give less than one star I would!!! God help you if they file any information you give them it will only seem to get lost, and they will deny up and down ever getting it!! I could handle paying 650 for four driving courses, what

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If i could give less than one star I would!!! God help you if they file any information you give them it will only seem to get lost, and they will deny up and down ever getting it!! I could handle paying 650 for four driving courses, what

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This school was recommended to me by my fellow co-workers in the airline industry. The staff assured me that my daughter would be assigned to a patient instructor as she was very nervous to drive. Both of her instructors were patient,

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This school was recommended to me by my fellow co-workers in the airline industry. The staff assured me that my daughter would be assigned to a patient instructor as she was very nervous to drive. Both of her instructors were patient,

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We appreciate your program and the investment you make in helping our children become better drivers. This is our third child to take part in the Road to Excellence Program, and we think it is perfect!

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We appreciate your program and the investment you make in helping our children become better drivers. This is our third child to take part in the Road to Excellence Program, and we think it is perfect!

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I don't have a student enrolled in this school... I just wanted to point out a couple of things I noticed regarding some of the tips posted about IDS. First - it seems like a strange coincidence that the most recent negative review for the

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I don't have a student enrolled in this school... I just wanted to point out a couple of things I noticed regarding some of the tips posted about IDS. First - it seems like a strange coincidence that the most recent negative review for the

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This school was recommended to me by several friends, I was impressed by how long the school has been in the valley and the expertise of the instructors. When I was reading the comment below I'm wondering if we even went to the same school, when I brought my son to the classroom I paid with my credit card and his instructor was a current Mesa police officer that explained the process of how to get the permit and how to schedule drives very thoroughly. My son also said he kept the class involved, asked everyone questions and was funny.

My son went on his first drive with very little experience, we had only driven with him in a parking lot. When the instructor dropped him off at home he gave me an evaluation sheet with areas checked off that he needed to work on before the next drive and even how many hours he would need to practice to pass the road test. At the classroom we were given a log book to keep track of how much he had driven so after we practiced with him, I called in and scheduled his second drive. He passed the road test without a problem! Both the instructors were really nice and helped me understand what I needed to do as a parent to help my son learn how to drive.

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This school was recommended to me by several friends, I was impressed by how long the school has been in the valley and the expertise of the instructors. When I was reading the comment below I'm wondering if we even went to the same school, when I brought my son to the classroom I paid with my credit card and his instructor was a current Mesa police officer that explained the process of how to get the permit and how to schedule drives very thoroughly. My son also said he kept the class involved, asked everyone questions and was funny.

My son went on his first drive with very little experience, we had only driven with him in a parking lot. When the instructor dropped him off at home he gave me an evaluation sheet with areas checked off that he needed to work on before the next drive and even how many hours he would need to practice to pass the road test. At the classroom we were given a log book to keep track of how much he had driven so after we practiced with him, I called in and scheduled his second drive. He passed the road test without a problem! Both the instructors were really nice and helped me understand what I needed to do as a parent to help my son learn how to drive.

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This school was recommended to me by several friends, I was impressed by how long the school has been in the valley and the expertise of the instructors. When I was reading the comment below I'm wondering if we even went to the same

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This school was recommended to me by several friends, I was impressed by how long the school has been in the valley and the expertise of the instructors. When I was reading the comment below I'm wondering if we even went to the same

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Stay Away from This Driving School!
This company only wants your money. Poor service with even poorer customer relations.
I had enrolled by son in this school based on the other teens in my neighborhood using it. I was first concerned

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Stay Away from This Driving School!
This company only wants your money. Poor service with even poorer customer relations.
I had enrolled by son in this school based on the other teens in my neighborhood using it. I was first concerned

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Even if you have heard that the IDS was convenient, DO NOT CHOOSE THIS DRIVERS PROGRAM. Your child will have been subjected to the WORST TREATMENT AND VERBAL ABUSE by a "professional" service. The instructors think they can get away with anything, because a child will be scared to complain if it means that they cannot get their license.

I had two lessons, and my instructors at each were RUDE, MEAN, and UNPROFESSIONAL. On the first drive, Larry, asked me to pull over even though I told him that I wanted to get the most out of my time and that I didn't need a break. He proceeded to get out of the car and SMOKE FOR 15 MINUTES. A waste of my money and time and my lungs. He also decided it was appropriate to share with me his RACIST and CLOSE-MINDED political views.
The second drive, unbelievably, was much worse. The instructor had a negative outlook from the beginning, telling me, "The other instructor said that your lesson was incredibly stressful for him". He yelled at me, TELLING ME I SHOULDN'T BE ON THE ROAD. Later on during the lesson, a phone began ringing, and he kept yelling at me to turn the phone off, even after I told him it wasn't mine. The phone kept ringing and ringing, and he was LITERALLY YELLING at me about how I "had no respect, can't go 2 minutes without a phone". Only after we parked did he realize that somebody had left their phone in the back seat and kept calling it. HE DIDN'T APOLOGIZE.

Once again, DO NOT CHOOSE THIS SERVICE. You do not want to pay $350 to subject your child to this type of treatment.

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Even if you have heard that the IDS was convenient, DO NOT CHOOSE THIS DRIVERS PROGRAM. Your child will have been subjected to the WORST TREATMENT AND VERBAL ABUSE by a "professional" service. The instructors think they can get away with anything, because a child will be scared to complain if it means that they cannot get their license.

I had two lessons, and my instructors at each were RUDE, MEAN, and UNPROFESSIONAL. On the first drive, Larry, asked me to pull over even though I told him that I wanted to get the most out of my time and that I didn't need a break. He proceeded to get out of the car and SMOKE FOR 15 MINUTES. A waste of my money and time and my lungs. He also decided it was appropriate to share with me his RACIST and CLOSE-MINDED political views.
The second drive, unbelievably, was much worse. The instructor had a negative outlook from the beginning, telling me, "The other instructor said that your lesson was incredibly stressful for him". He yelled at me, TELLING ME I SHOULDN'T BE ON THE ROAD. Later on during the lesson, a phone began ringing, and he kept yelling at me to turn the phone off, even after I told him it wasn't mine. The phone kept ringing and ringing, and he was LITERALLY YELLING at me about how I "had no respect, can't go 2 minutes without a phone". Only after we parked did he realize that somebody had left their phone in the back seat and kept calling it. HE DIDN'T APOLOGIZE.

Once again, DO NOT CHOOSE THIS SERVICE. You do not want to pay $350 to subject your child to this type of treatment.

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As an adult attending the introductory semininar at IDS for the first time, I have to say this was rather an unpleasant experience to say the least. Halfway through I found myself repeatedly (I have been diagnosed with a mild form of

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As an adult attending the introductory semininar at IDS for the first time, I have to say this was rather an unpleasant experience to say the least. Halfway through I found myself repeatedly (I have been diagnosed with a mild form of

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This was my first child to learn how to drive so needless to say I was nervous and didn't know where to begin. We started the program with the classroom instruction and my daughter took the test to get her permit. For the drives the

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This was my first child to learn how to drive so needless to say I was nervous and didn't know where to begin. We started the program with the classroom instruction and my daughter took the test to get her permit. For the drives the

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We are very dissapointed in the instruction our daughter recieved at this joke of an business. We were looking for supplementary education to help our new driver learn the rules of the road more thoroughly. What we got was a complete and

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We are very dissapointed in the instruction our daughter recieved at this joke of an business. We were looking for supplementary education to help our new driver learn the rules of the road more thoroughly. What we got was a complete and

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These people are not to be trusted!!! Ya they may be ex-cops but they are more like bullies. I guess there is a reason they are EX cops and doing student driving. So unprofessional. I have literally had to fight with them to get my

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These people are not to be trusted!!! Ya they may be ex-cops but they are more like bullies. I guess there is a reason they are EX cops and doing student driving. So unprofessional. I have literally had to fight with them to get my

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Disappointing.

Bought a package. I was warned that I may have to schedule the pre-paid driving lessons a few weeks in advance. Just getting them on the phone was a challenge. My first message on a Monday went ignored for two days. My

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Disappointing.

Bought a package. I was warned that I may have to schedule the pre-paid driving lessons a few weeks in advance. Just getting them on the phone was a challenge. My first message on a Monday went ignored for two days. My

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my daughter. as a 16 yr old, she was asked to reveal personal info. the theory teacher told her he would go easy on her if she bought his lunch. i am single mom making 22k per yr and this was a struggle to pay for the class. theory inst. was retired cop who told stories vs. what the laws were in az. once she took the written he announced her score to the class humiliating HER. her high school was sniped about. her eyes were never tested at the driver school. i later found out that she has (20/80) DISTANCE. when it came time for the first of two THREE HOUR DRIVING LESSONS, i later found out she drove from our apt. to the school campus where the instructor stayed for 45 minutes the second drive was only 60 min and the inst wanted her to buy him a drink at QT so he would go easy on her. she did not have the money. he had her drive from home to school where she WAITED FOR 60 MIN. then he had her drive home. the drive included undue criticizm, loud radio, and talking to her while giving her commands. there should be no distractions. i would run from this school. it was a waste of my money. my 'child' was humiliated degraded and did not receive what i paid for. i recently suggested she revisit the school. she broke down in tears and told me the above info. she did not say anything before as my income level made this a struggle and she knew this. six hours of driving means six hours of driving not break time for the inst. i will call the BBB and notify MVD. i am due a refund. my friend had a great experience in north scottsdale AT ANOTHER SCHOOL. my kid is a minority and was treated like an idiot. how would you like to drive with a new driver who had undiagnosed vision problems. yet they put her on the road. i plan to contact news agencies. i will not recommed this school TO ANYONE. YOUR SITE TOUTS
13 4 STARS. THIS IS CLEARLY NOT THE CASE. FOUR ONE STARS THREE, THREE FOUR STARS, WHERE ARE THE OTHER TEN, NOW ELEVEN REVIEWS. I WANT MY CHILD EDUCATED.

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my daughter. as a 16 yr old, she was asked to reveal personal info. the theory teacher told her he would go easy on her if she bought his lunch. i am single mom making 22k per yr and this was a struggle to pay for the class. theory inst. was retired cop who told stories vs. what the laws were in az. once she took the written he announced her score to the class humiliating HER. her high school was sniped about. her eyes were never tested at the driver school. i later found out that she has (20/80) DISTANCE. when it came time for the first of two THREE HOUR DRIVING LESSONS, i later found out she drove from our apt. to the school campus where the instructor stayed for 45 minutes the second drive was only 60 min and the inst wanted her to buy him a drink at QT so he would go easy on her. she did not have the money. he had her drive from home to school where she WAITED FOR 60 MIN. then he had her drive home. the drive included undue criticizm, loud radio, and talking to her while giving her commands. there should be no distractions. i would run from this school. it was a waste of my money. my 'child' was humiliated degraded and did not receive what i paid for. i recently suggested she revisit the school. she broke down in tears and told me the above info. she did not say anything before as my income level made this a struggle and she knew this. six hours of driving means six hours of driving not break time for the inst. i will call the BBB and notify MVD. i am due a refund. my friend had a great experience in north scottsdale AT ANOTHER SCHOOL. my kid is a minority and was treated like an idiot. how would you like to drive with a new driver who had undiagnosed vision problems. yet they put her on the road. i plan to contact news agencies. i will not recommed this school TO ANYONE. YOUR SITE TOUTS
13 4 STARS. THIS IS CLEARLY NOT THE CASE. FOUR ONE STARS THREE, THREE FOUR STARS, WHERE ARE THE OTHER TEN, NOW ELEVEN REVIEWS. I WANT MY CHILD EDUCATED.

Pros: my daughter got her permit

Cons: proper testing not done, shortchanged on drive time promised

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We used this instructional school to supplement the training we, as parents, gave our son. He loved the fact that there was only one session (albeit, a rather long one) and then he was able to take the written test and leave with his driver's permit! His road test was done at night, and I thought this was a good idea. The traffic wasn't overly intimidating (like rush hour would've been), yet there was just enough to be challenging. Plus, driving at night was kind of a "mini-test" inside the road test to see how well he could do with that added challenge.

Our instructor was a former police officer and had a great personality, yet he behaved most professionally during the road test. It probably helped that our son was somewhat older than the 15-year-olds that usually enroll. However, he wasn't in a big hurry to get his license so he waited until 16 1/2. Since getting his license he has had no accidents or tickets, and he is a better driver than most adults I know (including me). Our younger son is now 15 1/2 and thoroughly ready to begin driving. We WILL sign him up at the Institute for Drivers Safety. Time well spent!

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We used this instructional school to supplement the training we, as parents, gave our son. He loved the fact that there was only one session (albeit, a rather long one) and then he was able to take the written test and leave with his driver's permit! His road test was done at night, and I thought this was a good idea. The traffic wasn't overly intimidating (like rush hour would've been), yet there was just enough to be challenging. Plus, driving at night was kind of a "mini-test" inside the road test to see how well he could do with that added challenge.

Our instructor was a former police officer and had a great personality, yet he behaved most professionally during the road test. It probably helped that our son was somewhat older than the 15-year-olds that usually enroll. However, he wasn't in a big hurry to get his license so he waited until 16 1/2. Since getting his license he has had no accidents or tickets, and he is a better driver than most adults I know (including me). Our younger son is now 15 1/2 and thoroughly ready to begin driving. We WILL sign him up at the Institute for Drivers Safety. Time well spent!

Pros: Exceptional instruction. One day and you have your permit!

Cons: Undisciplined, talkative, or impatient teens stay away.

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Both my son and my daughter went through this program. I did a lot of initial work with them so they would be prepared and had the instructors work with them on their behind the wheel issues. There are a lot of details I didnt remember after driving so long. Like really how far away do you park from a fire hydrant anyway? Their behind the wheel instruction helped them with the mechanical issues and that was great. I was very pleased with all the information both my kids received regarding the rules of the road, laws etc. They took their classes 2 years apart, and while I am going to detail the cons below, the mechanics and instruction were very good and it reinforced much of what we were teaching them.

Unfortunately one of the instructors did tell my son that its okay to drive over the speed limit so as not to impede traffic. WOW ---really, someone thinks this is a good thing to tell a young driver? Dont they know about selective hearing? For some reason the police officer that pulled him over for speeding recently didnt go along with this rationale.

I have to say dealing with the office staff is the most tedious experience. They are like grumnpy old teachers who just shouldnt be in that line of work anymore. To say they lack a positive attitude is an understatement. And it was completely annoying that they told me more than THREE times that my daughter could not take her cell phone with her for the class. Seriously, I want to put her behind the wheel of a car but I cant trust her to put her phone on silent?

They really need to work with their staff on positive interaction with their clients - since yes that is their revenue base and their classes are not a necessity.

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Both my son and my daughter went through this program. I did a lot of initial work with them so they would be prepared and had the instructors work with them on their behind the wheel issues. There are a lot of details I didnt remember after driving so long. Like really how far away do you park from a fire hydrant anyway? Their behind the wheel instruction helped them with the mechanical issues and that was great. I was very pleased with all the information both my kids received regarding the rules of the road, laws etc. They took their classes 2 years apart, and while I am going to detail the cons below, the mechanics and instruction were very good and it reinforced much of what we were teaching them.

Unfortunately one of the instructors did tell my son that its okay to drive over the speed limit so as not to impede traffic. WOW ---really, someone thinks this is a good thing to tell a young driver? Dont they know about selective hearing? For some reason the police officer that pulled him over for speeding recently didnt go along with this rationale.

I have to say dealing with the office staff is the most tedious experience. They are like grumnpy old teachers who just shouldnt be in that line of work anymore. To say they lack a positive attitude is an understatement. And it was completely annoying that they told me more than THREE times that my daughter could not take her cell phone with her for the class. Seriously, I want to put her behind the wheel of a car but I cant trust her to put her phone on silent?

They really need to work with their staff on positive interaction with their clients - since yes that is their revenue base and their classes are not a necessity.

Pros: Both my kids learned a lot of road rules I had forgotten

Cons: Their staff really doesnt like dealing with the public

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Two years ago I signed my daughter up with Institute for Driver Safety for the instruction and to obtain her learner's permit. She then to the on road instruction and test through them. It is a nervous experience for any parent to watch a child drive off for the first time. Because of the training my daughter received through Institute for Driver Safety I have more confidence in her driving. I actually think she is a better driver than I am. At Institute for Driver Safety, they were courteous, punctual and comprehensive in their approach. I am now signing my next child up for the same course.

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Two years ago I signed my daughter up with Institute for Driver Safety for the instruction and to obtain her learner's permit. She then to the on road instruction and test through them. It is a nervous experience for any parent to watch a child drive off for the first time. Because of the training my daughter received through Institute for Driver Safety I have more confidence in her driving. I actually think she is a better driver than I am. At Institute for Driver Safety, they were courteous, punctual and comprehensive in their approach. I am now signing my next child up for the same course.

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As a business owner myself, it was very upsetting to be treated this unprofessionally. The scheduling of behind the wheel training began after the written permit tes. The 1st session came and went, with the trainer saying some questionable things in a "half joking" manner about being "paid on the side" to pass the student. That should have been a red flag. The 2nd session was scheduled on a specific date from 6:30 to 9:30 PM as that is all they had available for several weeks. We accepted the late schedule and rearranged our life to fit it. The trainer called at 6:30 PM (the time the training was to begin) to say he would be about 10 min late. At 7:10 PM (40 min after the scheduled time) he still wasn't at our house and this was a school night. I called him to tell him that we were concerned about the late hour, driving around Phx and having an early school day following. I was very calm and told him that we understood he was held up and we'd just reschedule. He responded by saying that we would be charged $50 for not cancelling within 48 hrs. I responded by saying we weren't cancelling, he was not able to meet the schedule and it was too late to start the training. He was not professional and would not repeat his name and repeatedly told me I would be charged. I contacted the office the next day to explain what happened and to reschedule. They would not reschedule the session until I paid this "cancellation" chg which I again explained to no avail. I requested the manager or owner to return my call to clear up this ridiculous communication but they never did. After paying fees and spending months with this company and my daughter was unable to finish her goal of obtaining her license, we requested our credit card company to refund the fees charge it back to the Institute. We can't recommend such a lack of professionalism and disrespect for customers over such a minor issue that could not be misconstrued as a cancellation.

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As a business owner myself, it was very upsetting to be treated this unprofessionally. The scheduling of behind the wheel training began after the written permit tes. The 1st session came and went, with the trainer saying some questionable things in a "half joking" manner about being "paid on the side" to pass the student. That should have been a red flag. The 2nd session was scheduled on a specific date from 6:30 to 9:30 PM as that is all they had available for several weeks. We accepted the late schedule and rearranged our life to fit it. The trainer called at 6:30 PM (the time the training was to begin) to say he would be about 10 min late. At 7:10 PM (40 min after the scheduled time) he still wasn't at our house and this was a school night. I called him to tell him that we were concerned about the late hour, driving around Phx and having an early school day following. I was very calm and told him that we understood he was held up and we'd just reschedule. He responded by saying that we would be charged $50 for not cancelling within 48 hrs. I responded by saying we weren't cancelling, he was not able to meet the schedule and it was too late to start the training. He was not professional and would not repeat his name and repeatedly told me I would be charged. I contacted the office the next day to explain what happened and to reschedule. They would not reschedule the session until I paid this "cancellation" chg which I again explained to no avail. I requested the manager or owner to return my call to clear up this ridiculous communication but they never did. After paying fees and spending months with this company and my daughter was unable to finish her goal of obtaining her license, we requested our credit card company to refund the fees charge it back to the Institute. We can't recommend such a lack of professionalism and disrespect for customers over such a minor issue that could not be misconstrued as a cancellation.

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I contacted driving schools throughout the valley for my daughter. From the moment one of the office staff answered the call at The Institute For Drivers Safety, I was impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. They answered alll my questions to my satisfaction and I signed my daughter up. My daughters classroom instructor was Larry F. She told me that the class went by quickly and the instructor was very knowledgeable, professional, funny and showed a true caring interest in the students so they would learn the proper way to drive and all the hazards they might expect. She was impressed that being a former police instructor he was able to relate to the younger kids today and was not demeaning in any way. She came away from the class with a new outlook and cautions of a teen driver. She hasn't driven with the instrucors in the car yet, but I expect that they will be just as proffessional. I would highly recommend this school and hopefully they will have the same great experience that I had with the staff and Larry.

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I contacted driving schools throughout the valley for my daughter. From the moment one of the office staff answered the call at The Institute For Drivers Safety, I was impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. They answered alll my questions to my satisfaction and I signed my daughter up. My daughters classroom instructor was Larry F. She told me that the class went by quickly and the instructor was very knowledgeable, professional, funny and showed a true caring interest in the students so they would learn the proper way to drive and all the hazards they might expect. She was impressed that being a former police instructor he was able to relate to the younger kids today and was not demeaning in any way. She came away from the class with a new outlook and cautions of a teen driver. She hasn't driven with the instrucors in the car yet, but I expect that they will be just as proffessional. I would highly recommend this school and hopefully they will have the same great experience that I had with the staff and Larry.

Pros: Very professional office staff and classroom instruction

Cons: none

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After doing much research on who would offer the best instruction for my son, I can truly say The Institute For Driver's Safety is the best! I talked with friends and neighbors who had some rather poor experiences with other schools. Their children had numerous accidents and tickets after obtaining their licenses and I thought this was not going to happen to my son. When I spoke to the staff at IDS, I got the right answers. They truly care about our children. The instructors all have law enforcement background. Now who would know more about traffic than a police officer?
My son attended their six hour classroom and took his permit test right there. When he got in the car with us when we picked him up, he was so excited. His watchfulness of our driving habits began right then.
He has been out for his first three hour session behind the wheel and we are very happy. The time we spent with his instructor was exceptional. He explained in detail what we need to do next to prepare our son to be a safe driver and to prepare him for his next time with an officer when he will be tested for his drivers license.
This experience, so far, has been very reassuring to us as parents. Driving here in the Valley is a challenge. We will continue to work at driving each day with our son and look forward to the day he obtains his license.
I recommend you give them a call!

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After doing much research on who would offer the best instruction for my son, I can truly say The Institute For Driver's Safety is the best! I talked with friends and neighbors who had some rather poor experiences with other schools. Their children had numerous accidents and tickets after obtaining their licenses and I thought this was not going to happen to my son. When I spoke to the staff at IDS, I got the right answers. They truly care about our children. The instructors all have law enforcement background. Now who would know more about traffic than a police officer?
My son attended their six hour classroom and took his permit test right there. When he got in the car with us when we picked him up, he was so excited. His watchfulness of our driving habits began right then.
He has been out for his first three hour session behind the wheel and we are very happy. The time we spent with his instructor was exceptional. He explained in detail what we need to do next to prepare our son to be a safe driver and to prepare him for his next time with an officer when he will be tested for his drivers license.
This experience, so far, has been very reassuring to us as parents. Driving here in the Valley is a challenge. We will continue to work at driving each day with our son and look forward to the day he obtains his license.
I recommend you give them a call!

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My son learn so much from the program, from the classroom to the driving, the intructor in classroom was informative and answered all questions, and when the driving intructors came and picked up my son, the gave him great tips and advise, as well as sitting down with me and letting me know how is driving is and what he needs to practice on. I recommed this program to all parents that are in need of a driving school, who whats to have the children to be a save and better driver.

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My son learn so much from the program, from the classroom to the driving, the intructor in classroom was informative and answered all questions, and when the driving intructors came and picked up my son, the gave him great tips and advise, as well as sitting down with me and letting me know how is driving is and what he needs to practice on. I recommed this program to all parents that are in need of a driving school, who whats to have the children to be a save and better driver.

Pros: All staff memebers were very professional

Cons: Parking very limited

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My experience at The Institute For Drivers Safety has been exceptional. We are quite saddened by the negative review of Larry, the classroom instructor. He is a wonderful instructor and taught our son so much. He is straight-forward and to the point, just what teen-agers need. His ability to load our son with so many great tips helped us, as parents, as well. We can become " lazy drivers".
The in car instructors are absolutely great, also. The time they spent with us was, as parents, was extremely helpful. Their police background really does make a difference.
I look forward to enrolling my daughter soon in The Institute For Drivers Safety.

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My experience at The Institute For Drivers Safety has been exceptional. We are quite saddened by the negative review of Larry, the classroom instructor. He is a wonderful instructor and taught our son so much. He is straight-forward and to the point, just what teen-agers need. His ability to load our son with so many great tips helped us, as parents, as well. We can become " lazy drivers".
The in car instructors are absolutely great, also. The time they spent with us was, as parents, was extremely helpful. Their police background really does make a difference.
I look forward to enrolling my daughter soon in The Institute For Drivers Safety.

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My daughter just came home from the one day instruction, and she passed the written test with 100! However the so-called "instructor", Larry F, was completely unprofessional, and for this reason I WOULD NOT recommend this program to anyone else. He had my daugher call me at the end of the session to report that she "was in trouble.' Now I know my daughter and she is not a troublemaker in any sense of the word in school or otherwise...she is a straight arrow! Come to find out, she had "been talking" once during the day to another student, and for this Larry F completely flipped out! Can you imagine a 6 or 8 hour day of instruction and not being allowed to converse, especially if you are a teenager? I absolutely will not let him be the instructor for my daughter's road experience, and in fact we are considering cancelling the check that we paid to this company today for the class. Larry F said to me that she was too immature to be driving based on the fact that she had a 20 second comment to another student after lunch! He was incredibly rude to me as a parent and disrespectful to both of us as customers in a business environment. We will be speaking directly to the company's President, Randall L Artman, and demanding a refund. Parents beware this unnecessary heavy handed approach to teaching driver eduction. Instructor egos should be kept in check and professionalism should be a primary attribute of these schools.

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My daughter just came home from the one day instruction, and she passed the written test with 100! However the so-called "instructor", Larry F, was completely unprofessional, and for this reason I WOULD NOT recommend this program to anyone else. He had my daugher call me at the end of the session to report that she "was in trouble.' Now I know my daughter and she is not a troublemaker in any sense of the word in school or otherwise...she is a straight arrow! Come to find out, she had "been talking" once during the day to another student, and for this Larry F completely flipped out! Can you imagine a 6 or 8 hour day of instruction and not being allowed to converse, especially if you are a teenager? I absolutely will not let him be the instructor for my daughter's road experience, and in fact we are considering cancelling the check that we paid to this company today for the class. Larry F said to me that she was too immature to be driving based on the fact that she had a 20 second comment to another student after lunch! He was incredibly rude to me as a parent and disrespectful to both of us as customers in a business environment. We will be speaking directly to the company's President, Randall L Artman, and demanding a refund. Parents beware this unnecessary heavy handed approach to teaching driver eduction. Instructor egos should be kept in check and professionalism should be a primary attribute of these schools.

Pros: My teen passed the MVD learner permit test with 100% accuracy.

Cons: Unprofessional staff, rude, egotistical, unable to connect with teens in general.

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I went to IDS to get my license, and the experience was well worth it. The basic driver's course consists of an eight hour class, and six hours in-car driving time with an instructor. The classes may seem boring to some but they are informative and provide tips and info you can't get anywhere else - even from parents. Some of the pictures that are shown are pretty gruesome, but they are meant to scare kids away from driving under the influence, be it alcohol, or anything of the sort. Nobody wants to see that, but it's better than having your child become part of that picture.

The driving portion is cut into two three hour sessions, and the instructor will pick your child up at school, work, or just about anywhere. The cars they provide aren't top-of-the-line road machines; then again, would you let your newly licensed teenager drive your nice car or one that's been around for awhile? But the cars are easy to drive and handle fine. My instructor was funny and he endeavoured to make my experience an enjoyable one. I went in with very little experience and came out more confident than ever.

All in all I highly recommend IDS to anyone who wants to become a better, safer, yet more confident driver, regardless how much experience you have.

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★★★★★

I went to IDS to get my license, and the experience was well worth it. The basic driver's course consists of an eight hour class, and six hours in-car driving time with an instructor. The classes may seem boring to some but they are informative and provide tips and info you can't get anywhere else - even from parents. Some of the pictures that are shown are pretty gruesome, but they are meant to scare kids away from driving under the influence, be it alcohol, or anything of the sort. Nobody wants to see that, but it's better than having your child become part of that picture.

The driving portion is cut into two three hour sessions, and the instructor will pick your child up at school, work, or just about anywhere. The cars they provide aren't top-of-the-line road machines; then again, would you let your newly licensed teenager drive your nice car or one that's been around for awhile? But the cars are easy to drive and handle fine. My instructor was funny and he endeavoured to make my experience an enjoyable one. I went in with very little experience and came out more confident than ever.

All in all I highly recommend IDS to anyone who wants to become a better, safer, yet more confident driver, regardless how much experience you have.

Pros: Highly experienced instructors, friendly staff, flexible schedules

Cons: Some instructors seem like they don't know how to talk to teenagers

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My son went to IDS with no experience. He said his instructors were, strict, smart and great teachers. He said he felt safe with them and that he learned more than he had ever hoped to. He was able to take his permit test at the end of the classroom which was easier than taking it at the MVD, which he had done twice and failed. They also road tested him on the last drive so he didn't have to test at MVD. It was so simple. They took him everywhere including 4 different freeways. His instructors were courteous and highly experienced police officers. My money was well spent. Thank you IDS.

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★★★★★

My son went to IDS with no experience. He said his instructors were, strict, smart and great teachers. He said he felt safe with them and that he learned more than he had ever hoped to. He was able to take his permit test at the end of the classroom which was easier than taking it at the MVD, which he had done twice and failed. They also road tested him on the last drive so he didn't have to test at MVD. It was so simple. They took him everywhere including 4 different freeways. His instructors were courteous and highly experienced police officers. My money was well spent. Thank you IDS.

Pros: Professional and highly experienced instructors

Cons: Not much parking available at classroom site

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You first call and schedule your class times. There is a 6 hour long class that you must first attend. They verbalize the information in the book you can pick up at the DMV. Also, they show you an old drivers safety video as well as slides of dead people. The purpose of this seems to be to scare the students. After the class you can stay and take the permit test if you don't already have it. When it is your turn for your driving session an instructor will pick you up at your house and take you for a 3 hour driving "class". The cars are old and don't handle particularily well and the mirrors and such you must use a lever to adjust...very awkward. During my session the instructior and I barely talked, I mainly drove. He'd tell me when I was riding too far on the left of the lane and what streets I'd need to turn on but that is about it. Half way through there was a break for both my instructor and I so I drove to the school and on the way he had mw drive him to QT for some food for him. I had a 20 minute break and then he taught me to parrallel park and do 3 point turns. Afterwards I drove home where he gave my parent a report card on how well I did. I've yet to do my second drive but during it I will take the 10 minute long drivers test to determine whether or not I pass. Overall it probably wasn't the best school and they didn't teach me anything that my parents couldnt's have taught me. Besides parallel parking it was just an ex-police officer telling you where to drive to next and giving you a few helpful hints. The class was a complete was of time and made me, as a driver, less confident and scared me. Infact, the class instructor toldd one person in the class that who would never pass his test and that if he did he would end up being the type of person to get harmed in a car accident. I'd reccommend just driving a lot with your parents and other adults instead.

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★★★☆☆

You first call and schedule your class times. There is a 6 hour long class that you must first attend. They verbalize the information in the book you can pick up at the DMV. Also, they show you an old drivers safety video as well as slides of dead people. The purpose of this seems to be to scare the students. After the class you can stay and take the permit test if you don't already have it. When it is your turn for your driving session an instructor will pick you up at your house and take you for a 3 hour driving "class". The cars are old and don't handle particularily well and the mirrors and such you must use a lever to adjust...very awkward. During my session the instructior and I barely talked, I mainly drove. He'd tell me when I was riding too far on the left of the lane and what streets I'd need to turn on but that is about it. Half way through there was a break for both my instructor and I so I drove to the school and on the way he had mw drive him to QT for some food for him. I had a 20 minute break and then he taught me to parrallel park and do 3 point turns. Afterwards I drove home where he gave my parent a report card on how well I did. I've yet to do my second drive but during it I will take the 10 minute long drivers test to determine whether or not I pass. Overall it probably wasn't the best school and they didn't teach me anything that my parents couldnt's have taught me. Besides parallel parking it was just an ex-police officer telling you where to drive to next and giving you a few helpful hints. The class was a complete was of time and made me, as a driver, less confident and scared me. Infact, the class instructor toldd one person in the class that who would never pass his test and that if he did he would end up being the type of person to get harmed in a car accident. I'd reccommend just driving a lot with your parents and other adults instead.

Pros: Different driving experience than you would otherwise receive

Cons: Old cars, unneeded class, poor intruction

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This is the worse place to learn how to drive. They have one instructor that under cut my son's and actually made him a poor driver. Avoid at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is the worse place to learn how to drive. They have one instructor that under cut my son's and actually made him a poor driver. Avoid at all costs.

Pros: nice cars

Cons: poorly organized program

More about Institute For Drivers Safety

*Road to Excellence Program* This program consists of 12 overall hours, which includes 6 hours of Classroom instruction and 6 hours of One-on-One Driving instruction. The classroom portion focuses on a complete review of Title 28 as required on the driver??s license application as well as in depth discussion of car control, collision avoidance, and defensive driving techniques and habits. The Classroom experience is a critical component of new driver education. It establishes the techniques, habits and defensive attitude necessary for safety on today??s roads. All classrooms are held on a Saturday or Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at our Tempe facility. For those students who need their permits, we will administer the permit test following the classroom. If they pass the test, they will be provided with the proper documentation to go to MVD. The second part of the program is the One-on-One driving experience. The One-on-One driving sessions are done in 3 hour blocks. We drive throughout the week and our instructors will pick up and drop off the student at home, school or work, whichever is most convenient for the family. After each driving session the student and family receive a full written evaluation, which the student can use in their individual practice sessions. During the last One-on-One driving session the student is taken through a State approved road course, if they pass this test, they are given the necessary paperwork to take to MVD when they are able to get their license. They will not have to re-test at MVD. If you feel that your teen needs more instruction before the road test, you are able to purchase additional 3 hour drives.

 

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