Hassell

Academy Driving Instructor

Hassell has over seven years of driving instructor experience. Since 2011, he has taught well over 4,000 hours to hundreds of teens and adults throughout the Bay Area. Hassell grew up in the Willow Glen area of San Jose and attended UC Santa Cruz, studying in American Latino Studies. Jack of all trades, Hassell has excelled in many fields and passions including working in IT, as a freelance writer, and photographer. A passionate trainer with strong empathy and a specialty in working with students who have anxiety driving. Hassell is also bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

 

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5.0 rating

I had a great experience with Bay Area Driving academy. I took a few lessons plus the test day assistance package. Carrie and Hassel were my instructors and I must say they are pretty good at what they do. If you are nervous about the driving test I recommend Hassel’s test preparedness course where he will put you through the DMV test, complete with the DMV test scoring sheet just like the real thing. By the way, happy to report that I passed in my first attempt. (4/3/2019)

Nish Kumar (Sunnyvale)
5.0 rating

I had never driven in the past, I took several classes with Hassell and felt really confident and prepared at the exam (which I passed!). Excellent teacher and very professional. (4/4/2019)

Quentin (Santa Clara)
5.0 rating

I took my lessons with Carrie, Erin, and Hassell and they are amazing! I had my initial lessons with Carrie. She’s super patient, knows how to boost your confidence and cultivate your driving skills.
Lessons with Erin and Hassell are super fun! They refined my driving skills a lot, made me very confident to drive on freeways and I got my license in the first try!
It was my first time ever to be in the driver’s seat and I am glad I had amazing instructors to guide me! I would recommend people to listen and try to understand and follow the small driving tips all three of them give you – it makes you a better driver.
I am going to miss driving with you guys but we’ll be in touch 🙂 (4/4/2019)

Pooja G
5.0 rating

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)

Cliff D.
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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)

Mayank S.

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