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Behind The Wheel Driving Instruction

Driving lessons are structured in a step by step approach designed to progressively build skills and confidence in the novice driver.

Lesson 1

The first lesson emphasizes control of the vehicle and basic traffic skills.

  • Orientation to car
  • Right and left turns
  • Backing Straight
  • Lane change procedure
  • Light Traffic Skills
    • Speed laws
    • Following distance
    • Timing traffic lights

Lesson 2

The second lesson is primarily traffic based with emphasis on lane changing and defensive driving and vision skills.

  • Review previous lesson
  • Up and downhill parking
  • 3 point turn
  • Right of Way laws and reading intersections residential and traffic.
  • Defensive driving skills
    • Looking far ahead
    • Big picture scanning

Lesson 3

The 3rd lesson will emphasize freeway skills and further development of defensive driving.

  • Review previous lessons
  • Defensive driving skills
    • Keep your eyes moving
    • Leave an escape route
    • Make sure they see you
  • Freeway Fundamentals
  • Parallel parking
  • One way streets
  • Review and explanation of road test
  • Certificate of completion issued.


Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, sometimes an instructor will be ill or have mechanical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and will attempt to reschedule the lesson at your earliest availability. Also, traffic in some areas of San Diego County make travel time sometimes unpredictable, especially when accidents occur. A phone call will be made to the student if an instructor is running more than 15 min. late.

Please remember that an instruction permit must be in the possession of the student during each lesson. If the permit is misplaced, a copy must be provided by the DMV, requiring a new application with parent signatures and a birth certificate to prove identity. If the permit cannot be replaced before the lesson, West Coast Driving School must be notified to reschedule the lesson. Late Cancellations of less than 24 hrs will result in a $25.00 fee assessed. If the instructor arrives for a lesson and the student is a "no-show", a $50.00 fee will be charged.

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