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alum family. My now-19 year old son completed the IDS course in Maryland during the summer between his sophomore" and senior years in high school. Now it is time for my 16 year old daughter to learn to drive and to be perfectly honest, that thought scares me a little. Which is why I am absolutely over the moon that
has branched out to bring their unparalleled level of driver's training to our new hometown in southern California. Well, they're not exactly in our new home town, more like a 90 minute drive south of us. IT'S WORTH IT! That is how good these folks do their job: as a busy entrepreneur, mother, wife etc, I did not even think twice about the distance when we learned about IDS in SoCal. They are THAT good. And the need for my daughter to become an excellent driver is THAT important. A bit of background: We were introduced to IDS when they made a presentation at my kids high school on Silver Spring MD. I was impressed with the program philosophy, instructor experience and materials this program offered. That police officers teach the course is a bonus on several levels. My daughter is eager to drive but not so much that she is really engaged in the process when I chauffeur her around town. As opposed to her brother who asked thoughtful questions about the mechanics, laws, and culture of operating a motor vehicle each time he we got in the car. As he progressed through the IDS training his questions became more sophisticated, his Behind The Wheel confidence skyrocketed without approaching arrogance, and his respect for the responsibility of driving a car was obvious. I mention this to illustrate my upcoming point: THE PRESENCE OFI DRIVE SMART IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, IS THE ONLY REASON MY DAUGHTER (FABULOUS AS SHE IS IN SO MANY OTHER AREAS) GETS TO PURSUE HER DRIVERS LICENSE. IDS is the only program with which I feel completely safe entrusting this huge responsibility of guiding my daughters evolution from passenger to responsible, safe and excellent driver. This is a position I take with with 100% confidence after witnessing the competent and yes, smart - very smart - driver that my son became. We have only great things to say about this course. Yes, it was among the more expensive options back in Maryland, but it was much cheaper than the hours therapy or pounds of cheesecake required to otherwise calm my nerves as my cherished children grew into drivers.
is one of the best decisions made by our family!


"They were terrible - they had other people in the car, the instructor would stop at a station and eat while the student was driving. Also it took 4 months to complete" the driving school. Then they penalized me because they took so long - made me pay an extra $150. They also charged me for gas, which wasn't part of the original agreement. They also charged us for pick ups (which I had to pay for in advance). I was going to
him, but saw he had a judgement against him for several thousand dollars, so didn't bother.

-Brent R.

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The course itself was fine. My main problem was with response, ot lack thereof, to questions and concerns. Forget about anyone answering the phone EVER if you call. Furthermore, messages and emails are not responsded to in a timely manner, if at all. Totally unresponsive to customer inquiries. Very poor customer service. Avoid at all cost.

- Randy P.

Signed up for a specific class and time.
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changed the time and location but did not inform us of the change. They combined a series of classes in to one huge class of close to 40 students in a converted garage without enough seats for all the students.
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made sure to inform all students of all the fines they would have to pay if they were late or made changes. The instructor spent more time fast-forwarding through videos than he did teaching according to my daughter and friend. Although we were told driving time would be at the site we signed up for, that was changed and we had to drive to a different location. Despite signing up for specific drive times,
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changed the time either the night before of day of causing a huge coordination problem for us the customer. We felt for the money, they were very poorly organized and managed. I would not recommend anyone use this service but to check out other schools first.
- Graydon K.

I signed my daughter up for this program because they had a very good reputation. Unfortunately for us that reputation does not seem to be well earned.

My daughter took the classroom portion of the program a year ago. The classroom instruction was good except that a retired state police officer did a scared straight thing that included his railing against anyone who disagrees with his political or religious views. I want my kids to hear all kinds of opinions and to understand all kinds of beliefs but the driving class is not the place for that.

The day after she got her learner's permit my daughter started attempting to sign up for road lessons using their antiquated online booking system. It wouldn't let her book lessons any sooner than three months out and she could only book three lessons at a time.

She became age eligible for her license in April and started calling the office to attempt to secure lessons shortly before that time. She calls every week and is told to call back every time she calls. They lecture her about how long she has been in their system despite the fact that she has been actively trying to sign up for lessons. They suggest that she sign up for text alerts for lessons. She has signed up for text alerts three times and only gets the alerts after I e-mail them to complain. By the way, they do not respond to parent e-mails either. Not a word. You just will suddenly get a couple of text alerts.

I have also called the office. And they tell me to call back too.

I am really disappointed in this company. My experience with them does not support their reputation. If they are the best driving school I don't want to know what the worst one is like.

Excellent, excellent organization! Both of our sons learned how to drive with
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and it was a great experience for both of them. The instructors were professional but nice and helpful. You are able to order extra sessions, which we did, especially for driving at night. Most importantly, both of them passed their driver's road tests on the first try and with flying colors! And we know it's all because of the high quality instructors at IDS. In fact, we know some kids that used other driving schools and they have had to take the road test a few times to finally pass. We also highly recommend signing up for the Pre-Driving Test session which takes the students through what the actual driving test will be like. This last one is a separate fee and a little expensive, but if you can afford it, it is worth every penny! You won't be sorry.
- Kim B.

I highly recommend Mr.
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and the
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. He is very professional and was always on time for her lessons. He started my daughter's lessons in a parking lot and she progressed to interstate driving. He is patient and provided excellent guidance. She passed her driving test on the first try! The lessons gave me some peace of mind and gave her the confidence she needed to be successful.

- Ann R.

Good afternoon,

I really would like to provide a review on your program. I'm not on social media so please post the following review for me or explain to my daughter,
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how to do so.

1. The use of simulator is an awesome technique to help drivers recognize and prepare for dangerous road conditions/circumstances.
2. Instructors for simulators are very nice.
3. They are able to quickly obtain payment.

1. Scheduling is awful! A lady had us on the phone so long that it just became a extremely funny to my daughter and I that she couldn't get things right. @30 minutes to schedule @5 sessions.
2. They don't really tailor to your child's needs. You are expected to work with a different instructor each time. I explained my daughter's situation to 3 different people in person not including people I spoke to on the phone. They had minimum information on my child each time and program was not tailored to her needs. For instance, my daughter is 17.5 about to leave for college next month on a basketball scholarship. I explained she has been driving for two years. She took classes at Stop n Go and the one ran by law enforcement officers prior to me letting her have her H3 to drive. She had a fender bender the first month of her license. In May of this year she totaled her Hummer. Thus, I sought out additional education and this place was recommended. I explained my concerns with ADD traits, distracted driving ie texting, school anxiety, radio tuning, etc., ability to know where she's at..describing location on the road, driving the speed limit etc

Her individual needs were addressed only by one instructor after half way through the stimulator session he asked if I had any specific concerns. Yes! Info had been provided twice in person and twice on phone at that point but I provided above info yet again.

3. The driving instructor:.I explained my concerns and inquired of her background experience. She said she had been at driving school for two years and was previously an English teacher. I didn't have same confidence as instructor
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who was a police officer for 25 plus years. After the drive, she said she forgot to show my daughter hand positioning!!! So, I asked well are you going to go out and do that?? She took out a wheel cover and demonstrated??? She joked well at least we stopped for gas. W**, I'm paying $600 for you to stop and gas up the car?? She didn't address any of the issues that we signed up for.

4. Scheduling nightmare continues...After the orientation, the drive and 2 simulators I'm told they need to change her final simulator from 3pm to 1pm. I reluctantly agree saying I would just let my daughter drive. She gasps and says well does your daughter have a license!! Wow
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yes for 1.5 years if anyone ever read or bothered to note my concerns. I then inform her that we wanted to have the last session with
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. She reported that he is booked for the next month. Highly doubt it but whatever...They schedule us for a month out. The same day they leave message that they can change it to the following week. They call again and say no August 14th will have to be the date!!! wow!!!! They also have her for another drive which is fine since the first was useless but point is that their records don't even reflect that she already did the drive.

5. Her first simulator instructor spent an extra 35 minutes with
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because he was just nice and I wasn't there to pick her up. The second instructor obviously didnt have notes on this because he made clear
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would not get credit for 6hours only 5hr and 15min because we were late for his session, smh. I told him it really doesn't matter about the certificate. Again if anyone took notes on my request to tailor program, they would have known she already had two certificates from other driving courses.

If there was a money back guarantee, I would want my money back. In 43 years I've never had to make such a complaint of defective services. Attorney of 20 years.

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- Marie G.

Before her lessons with
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, my daughter only had experience driving in a parking lot and on little-traveled inner roads. As a result of the lessons, she now feels comfortable driving on major roads with traffic. My daughter describes
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as very encouraging, patient, and professional. He pointed out what to expect on a DMV road test and what to avoid. He progressively challenged her when she thought she was ready.
For all of us, her driving lessons with
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were a very positive experience. Before the lessons, he talked with us about how he hoped to space the lessons, answered our questions, and how he would challenge her with more difficult situations when she was ready. After the lessons, he summarized her progress.
I highly recommend him as a driving instructor.
- Karen V.

He was very rude and would not meet the schedule. He yells at the kids when they make a mistake. Very unprofessional and overcharges. He scares the children who are learning how to drive. He didn't answer his phone for several days.
- iris W.

Drivers Ed Classes in Silver Spring, MD

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ABY Driving School

603 7th St 6102



Admiral Driving School

2277 Bel Pre Road
Silver Spring

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Blacktop Bootcamp, Inc.

42083 Pepperbush Place

Blue Bird Driving School Inc

6215 Greenbelt Rd
College Park

Destination USA Consulting

1629 K St NW #300 Washington DC


7059 Blair Rd NW

Gmel Driving Academy

230 LOngfellow St NW

Greg's Driving School

2170 Old Washington Rd

I Drive Smart

30 Courthouse Sq

NOVA Driving School

25607 Poland Road

Potomac Driving School

1700 Rockville Pke

The Americas Driving Academy

6218 Rhode Island Avenue

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