Bellevue >Adult and Continuing Education > Defensive Driving School
13219 NE 20th St Ste 206, Bellevue, WA | Directions 9800547.627627 -122.162685
Mon-Thu 10am-6:30pm, Fri 10am-4:30pm
Neighborhoods: University District, Northeast, Wilburton
Do research - don't waste your time! – For us, the best part of our defensive driving course for adults was when we walked out the door at the beginning of the first break! We cannot rate this exit strategy highly enough. (Our good manners were all that kept us from not leaving earlier.)
This course is not driving instruction, which we knew when we registered. We wanted to improve our driving awareness, our ability to drive safely even when those around us are not, and refresh our knowledge of rules and laws.
According to the description on their website, it is "a comprehensive driver improvement program with a basic 8 hour curriculum offering practical knowledge and techniques to avoid crashes, and to choose safe, responsible and lawful driving behaviors."
Sounds good, right?
I pulled this description from their web page about insurance discounts, and it seemed to match up with what we were looking for. We should have looked at the site more thoroughly. This is exactly the same information on their page describing fleet training. AND for court-ordered classes.
The class starts slowly. Don't worry about not arriving on time. You won't miss much.
For the first 40 minutes of class, we introduced ourselves, told who the loved one was we didn't want to impact with our crappy driving, and why we chose to take this class. Our class was filled with court-ordered violators, plus one guy who was there for work-related certification. And us. From the violations that people described, the court was right. Until they improve, we don't want them on the road either.
(If you are ordered by the court to take a defensive driving class, yes, you'll have to sit there and take your licks.)
This class was nothing more than the prescribed course from the National Safety Council. We got to make a cool name tag from the back cover of the spiffy third-grade reading level workbook. We got to see a video after the instructor finally got the machine working. We got to participate in a show of hands when the instructor asked inane questions.
Perhaps the class could have been improved by a more dynamic instructor. She was a good reader, which is how she presented the material - by reading it to us.
All in all, this was a waste of time and money.
When we signed up for this all-day class, we thought it would be similar to one my husband had taken from AAA a few years ago.
Do what we didn't. Call AAA. Membership and class registration are cheaper and better than Defensive Driving School's offerings. And they won't waste your time or patience.
My Son actually liked Drivers ed?? – So my Son really enjoyed class with Tony. He learned a lot and actually liked drivers ed. I remember when I took it from public school as a teen, and I thought it was boring. They recommended I drive at least two hours with my son between drives but had a hard time following through. He has plenty of time practice though, he turns 16 next October.
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