Services

Roadrunner Driving School offers teen driver education, driver training, adult driver training, brush-ups and evaluations.

Driver Education

We provide Drivers Education for teenagers under the age of 18 at our classroom on the west side of Farmers Lane, across from Montgomery Village. Each class is 4 days, from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Makeup days are available for students who cannot complete the course due to illness, or a family emergency, but if a class is full, a return student may have to wait for a class in which a seat is available. Check your school, work, vacation and personal appointment calendars before enrolling.

Learning to drive is exciting, but also a tremendous responsibility for teens and parents. Both parties must set aside the required time to complete these important courses and associated training(50 hours driving with parent/guardian). The discipline and effort required to complete the licensing process is a teen’s first step toward recognizing the importance of safe driving, the consequences of being unprepared or irresponsible, and the value of the driving privilege they work so hard to earn. Start out right by making a commitment to the training.

*All classes: No headsets, cell phone activity or napping. Poor behavior or attitude is unacceptable on the road, or in this class and is cause for ejection at the discretion of the instructor. No refunds, no exceptions.

After you’ve completed Driver Education (and are at least 15 1/2), you will be eligible to take the DMV written test to get a Learner’s Permit. We recommend that you wait until you have passed the test before scheduling your first driving lesson. If you schedule Driver Training before getting a permit, you must pay for the lesson at the time of scheduling.

Driver Training

Note: You must have your permit before scheduling your first Driver Training lesson.  Whether you enroll online (preferred method) or over the phone, you must provide your California Driver License (CDL ) number from the upper left, front page of your permit and the issue and expiration date.  Your CDL number begins with a capital letter followed by seven digits (Ex:  Y1234567).

State law requires students under the age of eighteen to practice driving AT LEAST 50 hours, including 10 at night, with a California licensed driver over the age of 25. Record practice hours to track day/night time minutes and where you drove to be sure you are getting a variety of practice.  We will provide a two sided log you can use.  It takes many hours of supervised driving experience in a of all types of traffic and conditions for students to develop the necessary skills, confidence, timing and judgment to be safe when they begin driving alone.

Learning to drive is an experience you’re probably looking forward to with great anticipation and enthusiasm. We hope to make that experience challenging, educational, and enjoyable. Our goal is to teach you how to drive defensively and courteously. It is your responsibility to practice and continue using, the skills you learn.

We have a general plan for each of the three driving lessons, but all lessons are tailored to work within the beginning student’s level of skill and confidence.

Lesson #1

Behind the wheel instruction for Lesson #1 will include practice on the following: proper seat, wheel, and mirror adjustment, control panel review, smooth steering, braking and acceleration, lane control, use of mirrors, checking blind spot, visual search pattern, maintaining an appropriate space cushion to the front and sides, dealing with right of way in any situation, changing lanes, proper car position and speed control for entry and exit from turns.

During Lesson #1, most students will practice diagonal and perpendicular parking, safe backing practices, lane changes, and residential and downtown driving. Some students may practice entering and exiting the freeway. We try to cover as much as possible during the first lesson, so students and parents won’t be too apprehensive about practicing these important skills before returning for Lesson #2.

Lesson #2 (Recommended 6-8 weeks after the first lesson)

Unless a student has serious car control issues, we recommend scheduling
Lesson #2 six to eight weeks after the first lesson. A student strive to practice at least 10 hours before Lesson #2. For those still challenged with basic car control issues, we recommend taking the second lesson as soon as possible. This should help build the student’s confidence and skill.

Lesson #2 will include repetition of skills introduced in Lesson #1, freeway driving, some rural driving, and parallel parking. Parallel parking is not required on the DMV test, but it’s easy to teach and learn, and a nice boost for the new driver’s confidence.

Lesson #3 (Usually 10 days to 2 weeks before your DMV test)

If you exhibit sufficient driving skill, we’ll give you a rigorous simulated road test during Lesson #3. You should only schedule this lesson AFTER you and your parents agree you have the skill to drive safely unsupervised, and are ready to have a driver’s license. Book Lesson #3 at least 10 days to 2 weeks before the date of your DMV test. Roadrunner instructors may be booked several weeks ahead, so call well in advance to get your final lesson scheduled. Your instructor will explain what the DMV examiner will be watching for, and how the scoring works. If you still require constant reminders and assistance with your driving skills, we will not conduct a practice road test. You will continue practice with basic driving skills.

After Lesson #3, you’ll have a good idea of your level of skill and what aspects of your driving you still need to work on. We hope you will do well on the DMV driving exam. More importantly, we hope you will continue to practice safe driving skills once you receive a driver’s license.

Brush-ups

Drivers who must take a DMV drive test to renew a license, or avoid a suspension, may be uncertain of their skills and what will be required during the driving exam. A brush-up lesson or evaluation may be helpful to restore confidence, minimize anxiety and improve skills. The better prepared you are the less nervous you will feel. We want to help, and that includes being straight forward about your current driving skills and safety. Please call 546-3238 for more information and remember, instructors may be booked several weeks out, so call well before your scheduled DMV drive test.

Evaluations

Evaluations are available at the request of family members concerned about a senior driver’s current skills, especially if there has been in a medical event such as a stroke or heart attack. Be sure your loved one is willing to participate and that their license is not on a medical suspension. If the license is suspended, the licensee will have received a letter of Notification of Suspension from the Traffic Safety Office in San Francisco. You will need to acquire a Temporary Instructional Permit from that office before an evaluation can be scheduled. It may be helpful to view the “Senior Guide for Safe Driving”, available online, in our office, or the nearest DMV office. Please call us for more information 546-3238. We will do our best to assist you through this process.