Bay Area Driving Academy – All Reviews
I had my first driving lesson today with Carrie and she was so awesome and patient. She gave me much needed confidence and patiently gave me many tips and tricks. I am planning to take few more lessons with them before the actual DMV exam. Thanks Carrie. You were simply wonderful. (3/21/2019)
I did a lot of research and chose this driving school for my son. I’m so glad I did. They sent me reports on his he did and what we needed to work on. They were very responsive when I couldn’t find his certificate of completion. He got his license and I feel confident he is driving safely. I would recommend Bay Area Driving Academy and will use them when my other boys are ready to drive. (3/2/2019)
My daughter received 3 lessons from Hassell. He was very helpful and patient to both her and me, always checking with me if there was something that I felt she needed extra work on and being a good resource for me to ask questions about how to teach driving. She passed the DMV test the first time.
My only concern was their advice to stop way before the crosswalk as it would sometimes confuse other drivers in the intersection. When I asked why they did this, it was in direct response to some previous students failing their test due to someone at the local DMV wanting to see this driving behavior. Since their goal was not just to create good safe drivers, but also ones that could easily pass the test, they do that. (3/2/2019)
I took two lessons with Bay Area Driving Academy. One was with Teresa and the other was with Erin. Since I had a bitter experience with another school, taking driving lessons with these two ladies was just amazing. I brushed up my driving skills with Teresa right before my driving test and I practiced driving on the highway with Erin to boost my confidence in driving. Both of them were very positive and happy ladies and gave me exactly what I needed. Wonderful school. If you were thinking of trying to save by choosing another school, forget it. Even if this school could be a little more expensive than other schools, you won’t regret your choice. Don’t make the same mistake I made of trying another school! (3/13/2019)
Went from zero to driving license with the help of BADA. I never learnt to drive before because the places that I used to live in before didn’t really require a car. But you really need a car in the Bay Area. I chose BADA mostly through scouring of reviews on yelp. I’ve had classes with Erin, Armenia, Hassell, Carrie, and Amelia. In my first few classes (I had a few classes with Driversed, so I did have some experience), Erin helped me get comfortable with driving in general and we also did some mountainside driving as well as freeway driving. She kept reminding me on speed limits and helped me considerably with lane changes on the freeway. Armenia is very particular about accuracy and she will pinpoint whenever you make a mistake. This really aided me in maintaining speed limits and getting better at backing. She also took a lot of mock tests before my first test (which I unfortunately didn’t pass (I made a wrong turn and stopped in the middle due in part to the morning sun glare which I hadn’t experienced before)).
I started my second round of classes with Carrie to fix the mistakes made in the first test. She took me around the vicinity of the test location to fix some of my errors such as bad left turning lane turns, slowing down on turns in general, and not looking through any intersections you pass. Hassell re-iterated on some of these errors and helped improve my turns with some mountainside driving as well as paying attention to the pedestrians during residential driving. He is one of the best instructors of the school though he can be a little overwhelming at the start. Later on, he sent me numerous references and videos, to further my understanding of different dangerous situations and how not to get into them. I worked on slow turns with Amelia even more and we practiced a lot of turns which really helped in the end. After all these classes and practice, I finally passed my 2nd test and am now waiting for my permanent driving license in the mail. Thank you so much BADA!! (3/16/2019)
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