Drive Rite Driving School    1525 Cushman Street Suite# 103, Hollister Ca 95023    (831) 638-4851    fax: (831) 638-4816
Driving Tips 1

Fall is here and it is time to get you and your cars and trucks ready for winter. Remember that the first few rains will bring out the oils from the pavement and be a little slick, so slow down a bit and give yourself more room to stop safely.

The easiest thing to overlook is your wipers. A good quality wiper might last a couple of years, but most need to be replaced every year. This simple task can make the difference between seeing a road hazard and becoming a road hazard. Check your wipers!

Check your tires for tread wear and tire pressure for the best wet road performance. If your tires are worn, but you think you want to stretch them a few more months, one accident will cost much more than going out and getting new tires now. Driving an unsafe vehicle is not worth saving a few bucks.

Driving Tips 6

Green Light = GO!! "
WRONG! Green light = look left, look right, look straight, look left again, then go. Just because it is green does not guarantee a safe trip through the intersection.

Same thing goes for stop signs. If it is your turn, you still need to check all directions before proceeding (left, right, straight, left again). What about merges and yields? Same. Even if you have the right-of-way, look all directions and keep safe spacing.

Remember: not all drivers out there pay attention to lights and signs, so you must do it for them ... and for you.

News and Updates 2

Holidays are Coming!

The Holiday season is very soon. Thanksgiving and Christmas are heavy travel times both in the air and on the road. Drive Rite wants you and your family to travel safely.

Leave early! Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Slow down a bit and watch for inclement weather conditions. Give yourself plenty of space behind the car in front of you. Don't be rushed. It leads to tailgating and fast driving regardless of the weather. Be ready for slow traffic on get-away days.

Drive Patient, Drive Safe,
Drive Happy, Drive Rite.

Drive Rite Driving School
Drive Rite Driving School
Driving Instruction

Behind the Wheel ... "Driving"

At Drive Rite we understand that driving may be a difficult task for some while for others it may come naturally; therefore we treat everyone with respect and acknowledge individual needs.

Minors (under 18 years of age) are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone(including a hands-free device) and /or a mobile service device(pager,texting device,laptop,etc.) see DMV handbook for further restrictions.

Behind the Wheel Training consists of:
  • Pre-driving Preparation, Safety
  • Starting Procedures
  • Instruments and Controls
  • Viewing Habits
  • Use of Mirrors
  • Braking
  • Steering Control, Turns
  • Acceleration Contol
  • Speed Control
  • Lane Use, Changing Lanes
  • Intersections / Right of Way
  • Signals and Signs
  • Residential Driving
  • Country Driving
  • City Driving
  • Freeway Driving, Merging
  • Emergency Vehicles
  • Traffic Checks, Scanning
  • Parking, 3 types, Using Reverse
  • U Turns, 3 Point Turns
  • Night Driving
  • Bad Weather Driving
  • Practice Drive Tests

Level I or Day One

On our our first driving lesson we review basic car controls and or panel of the vehicle they will be driving. We go over basic terminology such as slow vehicle down and come to a stop rather than say "stop". Or yes you are "correct", we will turn left at the stop sign. We use simple language to communicate with our student so they don't get confused and turn the wrong way. We alert our students and parents of our routes and tell them where we will go and what we plan on covering for the day. Our lesson consists of two hours a day for three days.

On day one, or level one, we start at less congested parking lot and practice arm signals turns and stop and starting vehicle and review vehicle controls and gears.

We then drive to rural area and continue to practice turns, vehicle control, speed consistency, viewing habits, steering control, acceleration control, and lane use and judgement.

Level II or Day Two

If level one was mastered we drive to an urban area and review the above mentioned plus Safe maneuvers such as following distance (S.M.O.G.) Signal, Mirror, Over Shoulder, Go). We show students how to use mirrors and check for blind spots, traffic control/lights, lane use and judgement stopping distance and review road markers, and construction sign and road work. We discuss proper lane change use and instruments and controls, e.g.( speedometer) A green light does not guarantee you the right of way so we prepare students for " what ifs" We also cover parking on this day and u-turns/three point turns.

Level III or Day Three

If Mastered level one and level two we practice scanning u-turns, reversing parallel to curve, and, if time permits, parallel parking , freeway driving, merging, lane changes; and exiting and entering freeway, yield and traffic checks as well as distance from curve while pulling over onto shoulder or side of road for emergency situations. We emphasize defensive driving techniques to improve overall driving skills.

All the Drive Rite Driving School Instructors are accredited by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They are prompt and courteous and will work with any special needs you might have. There is so much to learn about driving a car in California. Picking the right driving school for you is an important decision. Drive Rite Driving School wants to teach you the safe and fun way to drive in our beautiful state. We are professional and always teach safety first.

Remember that the majority of your pre-license driving practice will be with a parent or guardian, not with your Drive Rite instructor. It is important to work on the things during practice that the instructor discussed with you during your lessons. You must complete 50 hours of driving practice (including 10 hours at night) while under the supervision of a licensed driver before you can take the California DMV Driving Test.

Learning to drive correctly, defensively and with good driving habits will help assure many years of fun behind the wheel. Nobody wants to be in an accident or get stopped by the Police or Highway Patrol. By driving smart and safe, you will improve your odds greatly! Learn from the pros at Drive Rite.

Let's Go Driving! Give us a call today at (831) 638-4851

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Have fun out there ... and Drive Rite!

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News and Updates

School Crossing

Welcome to Drive Rite!

School is in, so please drive careful. California has one of the faster speed limits around schools at 25 mph. Nevada is 15 mph and others are 20 mph. Please slow down around the schools. Remember that 25 mph can still cause extensive car damage and can serously hurt pedestrians.

Dana - "I attended Drive Rite Drivers Education Class. Martha was a great teacher and made the class go by quickly. Best of all I passed my permit test on the first try. I recommend to all my friends to take Drive Rite's class.

I also had a great experience with the behind the wheel courses through Drive Rite. They got me in right away so I could get my permit signed off and quickly get driving with my parents. The instructors are great! They are very patient and full of knowledge. Best of all they don't yell and scream like some parents :)"

Chelsea - "Drive Rite was the best! They picked me up after school and taught me how to park and drive in the city. Best of all, they taught me not to be scared of the freeway. When I was done, I passed the first time!"

Ethan - "When I am old enough ... I am going to Drive Rite!"

Driving Tips 7

Emergency Vehicles

You must yield to emergency vehicles with their lights and siren on. Pull over to the right and stop until they pass by. This rule is valid no matter which side of the street they are on or which way they are going. Pull over. If you are in an intersection, drive through then pull over to the right.

Follow any directions given to you by the emergency personnel. When the emegency vehicle has passed, merge back into the right lane and resume your driving. Be Careful when you merge! Not all drivers pull over and there may be some still driving at speed. Be Safe.