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.

6 Hours Behind The Wheel

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Looking to meet California's Behind The Wheel instruction requirement? Look no further! Our 6-hour course is specifically tailored to help you achieve that goal efficiently. We divided the instruction into four 1.5-hour lessons, allowing for a comprehensive learning experience.

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Don't miss out on this opportunity to lock in your price! We understand that budgets matter, and by enrolling in our 6-hour course now, you secure the current pricing, ensuring you receive excellent value for your investment in driver education.

9 Hours Behind The Wheel

9 hours of Behind The Wheel instruction. With this package you will receive 6 lessons at 1.5hrs. All lessons are subject to a 24hr cancellation policy

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. All lessons are subject to a 24hr cancellation policy

Instructors Wanted

Precision Driving School is looking for new instructors! If you are interested in helping to train up the next generation of Central Coast drivers please give us a call, or shoot us an email with your resume attached. Applicants must have a clean driving record and be at least 25 years old per DMV requirements. First responders and educators preferred but not required if the applicant is a good fit. Call us at (805)788-0900 or email at precisiondrivingsouth@gmail.com.

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