Joppa Drivers Ed Classes

in Joppa, MD

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First i wanted the real scoop on driving schools so I called KS Dept of Transportation in Topeka to find a good school. Their director of something to do with driving education recommended
because all the instructors were either police officers or high school teachers. And that was the only school they recommended.
So I enrolled my now 21 year old. It is scheduled for 2 full days plus 8 hours of driving time which is scheduled by the student. Easy. I had some experience with driving schools with my step kids in another state and the instructors were not professional and didnt really teach anything. I have to say that with the first kid, the classes went well, he was enthusiastic, and they finished the driving part in a month.
With my second kid who is 17 now, I found that he learned a lot. He has some attention deficits and isn't really a great student but he came home from this 8 hour class and talked for an hour of all the cool things he learned. They had a truck driver and a cop give some practical tips and stories and they had him engrossed. He
comes up with a driving stat or tip every now and then that he learned that I had never heard before. It was impactful, professional and well run and my kids got a lot out of it.
I highly recommend BTW and have given their name to many friends.
- Marilee H.
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The provider structures their pricing so that if you do not wish to continue after the first lesson, you have already spent half of the total cost of 4 lessons ($180 - 90 minutes). The instructor took my inexperienced daughter into heavy traffic on the first day. Communication is difficult and seems unorganized.



- Mike A.

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This is a very unreliable company that I will never recommend nor do business with again.
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, had been highly recommended by 2 friends who had used him to teach their teenagers to drive. I met him at my friend's house one day and got his card - he wrote his cell phone number down and told me to call to set up an appointment. Well, I called and left several messages which weren't returned. Finally, I called the school itself, and made an appointment, with the man who answered the phone, for
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to take my son out. He was apparently very busy and the appointment was for 3 weeks in the future.
About 15 minutes before the appointment, we got a call from a woman who said she was on her way to give my son his lesson, but where did I live? I explained that
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was supposed to be doing the lesson. She didn't seem to have a clue. I asked her to have someone from the company call me. No one did, so I finally called. They apologized - said something about
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not knowing who we were so they scheduled it with someone else - REALLY??? Of course he didn't know us! We were new clients! They told us he could give our son a lesson in 3 days time (suddenly he has time?) We accepted and
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showed up for the appointment on time. It was supposed to be a 2 hour lesson - it ended up being 1-1/2 hours. We scheduled another appointment for a week and a half away - and he wrote it down on the receipt he gave me. I subsequently referred
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to a friend, and he took out her son with no problems.
Today was supposed to be the second lesson and
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never showed up. I've called his cell phone several times and left messages which have not been returned. I called the main number, which just rings and rings - not even an answering machine. This company is extremely unprofessional and unreliable, and I will never recommend them again.
- BARBARA S.
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I am very happy with the services provided by
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. The instructor was great! My daughter was pleased with him and I was pleased. He was very professional, very kind, respectful, courteous, just great character and always keep me abreast of my daughter's performance. I very much recommended their services to anyone.
- Pauline D.
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My daughter needed some extra driving practice and review for the road skills test after living in cities and overseas for the past few years. There were some initial hiccups with scheduling, which is why "responsiveness" only gets a B grade here. (D for the main office, A for her instructor.) She scheduled the lessons over a month in advance, including dates and preferred times, and was not contacted with final information until less than 48 hours (zero business days) before the first lesson. (She followed up twice the preceding week and was told "soon".) At that point, she was asked if her dates were flexible, which--by then--they were not. There was some back-and-forth with the main office but eventually everything was worked out. Her instructor,
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, was very helpful during this process and was punctual when the lessons began.
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was extremely patient, calm, and informative during the lessons. He reviewed all the basics with my daughter, who'd done almost no driving in over six years, then gradually moved on to bigger challenges, like highway driving and parallel parking. He was full of great tips for the road skills test, and each lesson was a mix of new challenges and review. By the end of the week, she was ready for the test and passed it with flying colors!
- Jennifer H.
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We were never contacted by an instructor to schedule behind-the-wheel lessons. I'd spoken to
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on two occasions, the initial phone call at the end of June and approximately two weeks before the end of
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. I was assured that we would be contacted by an instructor to schedule lessons for the last week of
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- it never happened. Please keep in mind, I originally requested their services around the end of June and was told they would not be able to schedule my son until the end of
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. I decided I would wait the month because of the good review from my friend and from what I'd read on Angie's List.
So, after waiting an entire month, a phone call two weeks prior to the end of
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and assured an instructor would call, another call 7/25/14 - no answer, just voice mail and the final call on 7/28/14, I made the decision to work with another driving school. I had also given their name to a friend at church, so their son could complete behind-the wheel training as well. Best believe, I will let them know they are better off going elsewhere.
- KISHA R.
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We are terribly disappointed in this program--at least at the
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, TX, location. We signed up for the Advanced program, which includes "priority scheduling." However, it's not until your child receives their learner's permit that you find out there are no lessons available at this location. This has been the case for over 3 weeks--no lessons available on their website! And there is no phone number for the local office listed on their website. I had to physically go to the office to try and figure out why there were no lessons. I was told they don't have enough instructors. Since you need to choose a location when you sign up for this program, the location should know how many people are currently signed up and need lessons. It is unacceptable to take hundreds or even 1000+ dollars from people and then turn around and say they can't support that many people. They cite the fact that it's summertime--a busy time for driving lessons. Is this a new idea?!?!? Why didn't they staff appropriately to accommodate the need for summertime lessons? Until they get their act together, no one should sign up for this program and instead look for a different one.
The online courses have been pretty good, but it's terribly frustrating to have your child complete all of the online courses and wait weeks or months for the driving lessons.
- Sheryl M.
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The driving lessons were overall good although the instructor was usually late picking up. The driving test with MVC was scheduled TWICE and no one showed both times. My daughter took off work to take her test and was disappointed for the second time.
- Steve O.
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Guilfoy was prompt, thorough and efficient. He gave our son the confidence needed to past the driving test the first time, passing easily with a 90%.
- TED B.
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My wife had surgery a while ago and hadn't driven for months. I thought it would be a good idea for her to have a refresher course to regain confidence. It was also a good idea for me not to be the person doing it.
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did not respond to our first call (we left a message). Someone answered the second call promptly and took her information. An instructor then called and set an appointment. He arrived promptly for the appointment and my wife was very satisfied with the lesson and is driving again. She took the "Masters Refresher Course" which was $139 for two hours.
- Robert L.
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