Driving Tips

We want to ensure you have safe driving habits even after your course is complete.

Some Pointers for the Road

Follow the posted speed limit or drive at a speed that is safe for the conditions; whichever speed is slower.


Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Keep a three second following distance between you and other vehicles. Pick a landmark, and when the other car passes it, start counting. Stop counting when you pass the same landmark. If there are less than three seconds between you and the vehicle you are following, you are too close. Gradually slow down until there are three seconds between your car and theirs.


When you are stopped in traffic, don’t stop too close to the car in front of you. Leave enough space so that you can see some of the pavement between your car and theirs.


Make full and complete stops at all red lights and stop signs. Check left and right and inch forward if necessary before going when safe.


Drive defensively. Scan ahead for hazards. Check left and right before going through intersections. Slow for hazards as needed. Check the mirrors often and whenever you brake.


Execute lane changes safely. Put on your turn signal, check the appropriate mirror, and turn your head and look over your shoulder for one second before you drift into a new lane. Blinker, mirror and shoulder are required in the following situations: Simple left and right lane changes, getting into turn lanes and bike lanes, merging due to lane ending including getting onto the freeway and pulling away from the curb into traffic.


Stop for pedestrians who are in the crosswalk, or for pedestrians who are waiting to cross, if safe to do so. Stop for pedestrians who are crossing against a light or outside of a crosswalk if they’ve started to cross. Wait for pedestrians to reach the curb. When leaving a parking lot or alley, stop behind the sidewalk, slowly move forward and yield to any pedestrians before proceeding.


When there is an emergency vehicle approaching with its lights and sirens on, both directions of traffic should pull over and stop. This is not necessary when the emergency vehicle is travelling away from you or when it is travelling in the opposite direction on the other side of a physical barrier. Avoid blocking the intersection when emergency vehicles approach.


Avoid blocking the intersection even if the light is green. When waiting to turn left on a green light, try to get through the intersection before the light turns red.


Don’t stop on the railroad tracks. Never try to beat the train across the tracks.


Avoid unnecessary braking and stops. This can lead to rear end collisions.


Follow the right-of-way rules. Don’t go when it’s not your turn or not safe. Avoid unnecessary hesitation or indecision.


On the driving test, when backing up straight at the curb for 60 feet, start parallel with the curb and 12 to 18 inches away from it. Start with the steering wheel straight and keep it straight as you back up. Look out the rear window until stopped. Don’t hit the curb.

Our Driving Lesson Packages

Over the last 20 years, we’ve had the pleasure of teaching people of all ages and backgrounds how to drive safely and responsibly, and we look forward to teaching even more students in the years to come. We know that Behind the Wheel education in San Luis Obispo County can be a challenging and stressful experience, which is why all of our instructors place a heavy emphasis on clarity, patience and repetition. We offer a variety of training options and packages to fit your goal and budget – see our Driving Lessons page for more information.

1.5 hour Behind The Wheel

If you are looking to purchase lessons one at a time, then this is the perfect option. If you are under 18 and need to complete 6 hours of Behind The Wheel training you may consider purchasing our 6 hour package for a discount.

6 Hours Behind The Wheel

This 6 hour course fulfills California's requirement for Behind The Wheel instruction. We break the 6 hours of instruction into four 1.5 hour lessons.

9 Hours Behind The Wheel

9 hours of Behind The Wheel instruction. With this package you will receive 6 lessons at 1.5hrs- This is our most popular package

Trip to DMV

We offer a unique 2 hour session which provides a partial lesson, trip to the DMV and use of our car for your driving test. We have had excellent results and have had a huge success rate with this option. You must complete at least 1.5 hours of behind the wheel training with us before we can schedule you for this lesson type.

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