Defensive Driving School

★★★☆☆
  • 13219 NE 20th St Ste 206 Suite #206

    Bellevue, WA 98005

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  • 425-643-0116

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My son never received the lesson on how to parallel park. When I demanded that they give him one, they said no because his course ended the week before and insisted he had it back in week 3. He had gotten the basic city driving lesson.

Then I also found out that he didn't receive the freeway driving lesson. (I hadn't realized it since he had practiced with his dad.) Instead he ended up doing the basic city driving lesson 3 times. I could've taught him that and it wouldn't have cost us $600! They still insisted on believing his teacher, who happened to leave the company at the end of the course, and said the teacher signed off on the lessons.

After several complaints to the company, they finally agreed to give him a free combined lesson on parallel parking and freeway driving. Initially they would only offer half off on extra lessons. The man was very nice who gave him the lesson. I wish he'd had him the whole time. We paid extra for the skid training, and that was very cool.

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★★☆☆☆

My son never received the lesson on how to parallel park. When I demanded that they give him one, they said no because his course ended the week before and insisted he had it back in week 3. He had gotten the basic city driving lesson.

Then I also found out that he didn't receive the freeway driving lesson. (I hadn't realized it since he had practiced with his dad.) Instead he ended up doing the basic city driving lesson 3 times. I could've taught him that and it wouldn't have cost us $600! They still insisted on believing his teacher, who happened to leave the company at the end of the course, and said the teacher signed off on the lessons.

After several complaints to the company, they finally agreed to give him a free combined lesson on parallel parking and freeway driving. Initially they would only offer half off on extra lessons. The man was very nice who gave him the lesson. I wish he'd had him the whole time. We paid extra for the skid training, and that was very cool.

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Defensive Driving School met all our expectaions and more...this is why we're rating it 5 stars. From the first classroom meeting, our son liked the teacher (Carol) and all the valuable information that was provided. Yes, he actually enjoyed and looked forward to going to Driver's Ed classes during the summer session at the Bellevue location! Our son's driving instructor (Bill) was awesome. It was so reassuring to know that Bill could help a first-time teenage driver feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel. Many driving tips and encouragement were given. The office staff was always on top of things and demonstrated a friendly, caring attitude. They were great in helping us change our son's driving schedule when needed. This whole teenage driver's ed experience worked out better than we thought it would thanks to the efficiency and quality teaching of the school. We definitely recommend Defensive Driving School.

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★★★★★

Defensive Driving School met all our expectaions and more...this is why we're rating it 5 stars. From the first classroom meeting, our son liked the teacher (Carol) and all the valuable information that was provided. Yes, he actually enjoyed and looked forward to going to Driver's Ed classes during the summer session at the Bellevue location! Our son's driving instructor (Bill) was awesome. It was so reassuring to know that Bill could help a first-time teenage driver feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel. Many driving tips and encouragement were given. The office staff was always on top of things and demonstrated a friendly, caring attitude. They were great in helping us change our son's driving schedule when needed. This whole teenage driver's ed experience worked out better than we thought it would thanks to the efficiency and quality teaching of the school. We definitely recommend Defensive Driving School.

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For us, the best part of our defensive driving course for adults was when we walked out the door at the beginning of the first break! We cannot rate this exit strategy highly enough. (Our good manners were all that kept us from not leaving earlier.)\n\nThis course is not driving instruction, which we knew when we registered. We wanted to improve our driving awareness, our ability to drive safely even when those around us are not, and refresh our knowledge of rules and laws.\n\nAccording to the description on their website, it is ""a comprehensive driver improvement program with a basic 8 hour curriculum offering practical knowledge and techniques to avoid crashes, and to choose safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviors."" \n\nSounds good, right? \n\nI pulled this description from their web page about insurance discounts, and it seemed to match up with what we were looking for. We should have looked at the site more thoroughly. This is exactly the same information on their page describing fleet training. AND for court-ordered classes.\n\nThe class starts slowly. Don't worry about not arriving on time. You won't miss much. \n\nFor the first 40 minutes of class, we introduced ourselves, told who the loved one was we didn't want to impact with our crappy driving, and why we chose to take this class. Our class was filled with court-ordered violators, plus one guy who was there for work-related certification. And us. From the violations that people described, the court was right. Until they improve, we don't want them on the road either.\n\n(If you are ordered by the court to take a defensive driving class, yes, you'll have to sit there and take your licks.)\n\nThis class was nothing more than the prescribed course from the National Safety Council. We got to make a cool name tag from the back cover of the spiffy third-grade reading level workbook. We got to see a video after the instructor finally got the machine working. We got to participate in a show of hands when the instructor asked inane questions.\n\nPerhaps the class could have been improved by a more dynamic instructor. She was a good reader, which is how she presented the material - by reading it to us.\n\nAll in all, this was a waste of time and money.\n\nWhen we signed up for this all-day class, we thought it would be similar to one my husband had taken from AAA a few years ago. \n\nDo what we didn't. Call AAA. Membership and class registration are cheaper and better than Defensive Driving School's offerings. And they won't waste your time or patience.

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★☆☆☆☆

For us, the best part of our defensive driving course for adults was when we walked out the door at the beginning of the first break! We cannot rate this exit strategy highly enough. (Our good manners were all that kept us from not leaving earlier.)\n\nThis course is not driving instruction, which we knew when we registered. We wanted to improve our driving awareness, our ability to drive safely even when those around us are not, and refresh our knowledge of rules and laws.\n\nAccording to the description on their website, it is ""a comprehensive driver improvement program with a basic 8 hour curriculum offering practical knowledge and techniques to avoid crashes, and to choose safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviors."" \n\nSounds good, right? \n\nI pulled this description from their web page about insurance discounts, and it seemed to match up with what we were looking for. We should have looked at the site more thoroughly. This is exactly the same information on their page describing fleet training. AND for court-ordered classes.\n\nThe class starts slowly. Don't worry about not arriving on time. You won't miss much. \n\nFor the first 40 minutes of class, we introduced ourselves, told who the loved one was we didn't want to impact with our crappy driving, and why we chose to take this class. Our class was filled with court-ordered violators, plus one guy who was there for work-related certification. And us. From the violations that people described, the court was right. Until they improve, we don't want them on the road either.\n\n(If you are ordered by the court to take a defensive driving class, yes, you'll have to sit there and take your licks.)\n\nThis class was nothing more than the prescribed course from the National Safety Council. We got to make a cool name tag from the back cover of the spiffy third-grade reading level workbook. We got to see a video after the instructor finally got the machine working. We got to participate in a show of hands when the instructor asked inane questions.\n\nPerhaps the class could have been improved by a more dynamic instructor. She was a good reader, which is how she presented the material - by reading it to us.\n\nAll in all, this was a waste of time and money.\n\nWhen we signed up for this all-day class, we thought it would be similar to one my husband had taken from AAA a few years ago. \n\nDo what we didn't. Call AAA. Membership and class registration are cheaper and better than Defensive Driving School's offerings. And they won't waste your time or patience.

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So my Son really enjoyed class with Tony. He learned a lot and actually liked drivers ed. I remember when I took it from public school as a teen, and I thought it was boring. They recommended I drive at least two hours with my son between drives but had a hard time following through. He has plenty of time practice though, he turns 16 next October.

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★★★★☆

So my Son really enjoyed class with Tony. He learned a lot and actually liked drivers ed. I remember when I took it from public school as a teen, and I thought it was boring. They recommended I drive at least two hours with my son between drives but had a hard time following through. He has plenty of time practice though, he turns 16 next October.

Pros: Good Instructors and Curriculum

Cons: It was tough to find time to practice with my son

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As far as I know, they dont charge for any missed classes or make up classes or books. I think that was from years ago. Defensive Driving School has some incredibly good instructors, you just have to know who to request! The instructors can be very friendly, knowledgable, and not old at all. I think with any large driving school you will have some good and some bad but overall Defensive Driving School has some very hard working, good quality, punctual instructors. Make sure you read the entire registration form so there are no surprises when you register and I think you will be happy with your choice!

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★★★★☆

As far as I know, they dont charge for any missed classes or make up classes or books. I think that was from years ago. Defensive Driving School has some incredibly good instructors, you just have to know who to request! The instructors can be very friendly, knowledgable, and not old at all. I think with any large driving school you will have some good and some bad but overall Defensive Driving School has some very hard working, good quality, punctual instructors. Make sure you read the entire registration form so there are no surprises when you register and I think you will be happy with your choice!

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I went to drivers ed here, the instuctors are nice, but they ae all very old, and sometimes it seems, going senile. My instructor would commonly repeat himself 2 to 3 times becasue he forgot to say it the first time. He would also forget what the rules of the road are, such as, on the 3rd or 4th class he told us that a solid yellow line meant that you can make a left turn if there is no traffic. It is also extremely expensive, and they charge you for every little thing, have to make up a class becasue you were sick? $10. Fail one of our tests and want to retake it? $10. Also, for me and everyone in my class that I talked to, the classes were very boring, and how ae you going to teach someone something when you can't even get them interested in something? Every class at least one person was asleep. I have not gone to any other driving schools, so i don't know if any of the others are better, but they surely have to be less expensive.

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I went to drivers ed here, the instuctors are nice, but they ae all very old, and sometimes it seems, going senile. My instructor would commonly repeat himself 2 to 3 times becasue he forgot to say it the first time. He would also forget what the rules of the road are, such as, on the 3rd or 4th class he told us that a solid yellow line meant that you can make a left turn if there is no traffic. It is also extremely expensive, and they charge you for every little thing, have to make up a class becasue you were sick? $10. Fail one of our tests and want to retake it? $10. Also, for me and everyone in my class that I talked to, the classes were very boring, and how ae you going to teach someone something when you can't even get them interested in something? Every class at least one person was asleep. I have not gone to any other driving schools, so i don't know if any of the others are better, but they surely have to be less expensive.

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Michael M, We're sorry that you did not enjoy your Driver's Ed experience with us. We would like to tell you about our satisfaction guarantee. Please call our main office and ask to speak to a manager or email admin@driving-school.com. We're are committed to making this a great experience for all of our students. We also do not charge for makeup tests/makeup sessions, and we're a little confused as to whether or not you are a student of ours or if maybe you got us confused. Please feel free to contact us. Thank you, Defensive Driving School
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Defensive drivng school is a great place to send your teen, soon to be driver. They are very very patient and make sure your student driver is comfortable with all rules and laws before they get behind a wheel. Once they start driving they get to put in may hours behind the wheel. The prices are not to terrible, but with the level of education they will give your teenager, the prices is completly worth it. The insructors are great and patient, and i really was happy with our experience.

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Defensive drivng school is a great place to send your teen, soon to be driver. They are very very patient and make sure your student driver is comfortable with all rules and laws before they get behind a wheel. Once they start driving they get to put in may hours behind the wheel. The prices are not to terrible, but with the level of education they will give your teenager, the prices is completly worth it. The insructors are great and patient, and i really was happy with our experience.

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Established in 1945, Defensive Driving School offers Teen classes, adult lessons, court ordered classes, driver improvement classes, fleet training, stick shift training, skid training, and handicapped driver training. Also serving your driving needs in: Arlington, Bellevue, Everett North, Everett South, Factoria, Issaquah, Kent, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood/Edmonds, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mukilteo, Redmond, Seattle, Snohomish, West Seattle, and Woodinville. Check website for more details. www.driving-school.com

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Defensive Driving School is the oldest and most respected driving school in the Puget Sound area. We have been teaching teens and adults to drive since 1945. We specialize in teaching defensive driving techniques that will eliminate and reduce collisions and traffic tickets. Teen Classes- Five Week course, start when you're 15. Skid Monster- We have a safety course specifically designed to teach you how to manuever in a skid situation. Our specialized car has a set of castor wheels that simulate skids 4 times the speed. This enables us to train highway speeds while still staying in a parking lot. Court Ordered Classes- Our National Safety Coucil course fulfills level 1 & 2 driving court requirements in the State of Washington. Stick Training- We have several manual transmission training cars dedicated for these lessons. Our instructors are the most professional and qualified in the industry. Check out our website for services and classroom schedule information.

 

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