103 Mott St Ste 203, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.717250 -73.997513
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Downtown
great school, great teacher – I decided to go with Leungs because other schools were either out of my price range or women reviewers reported being groped (really). At first I suspected Leung's of packing their reviews, but after taking classes with Albert, I can report that the good reviews are all true. Albert is a good teacher; very patient, totally unflappable and with a dry wit that kept me smiling. Alice, in the office, is very sweet and accommodating -- no problems there. They only get 4 stars because the office is in a dirty building with no bathroom (use the one in the excellent dim sum restaurant downstairs), and the videos used in the required "5 hour class" look like they've been in use since 1975. The Toyota I learned in was not new. But the driving teaching is excellent (if you get Albert -- I never met any other instructor), which is all that matters. I signed up with Citysearch to post this review, because Leung's deserves it.
Very disappointed – After reading all the reviews I decided to go with them. The five hour class is a total joke. The class is given in a box size receptionist area on a small tv screen mounted to the wall. The day of my first lesson I stood out in the rain waiting for my instructor very upset and stressful to the point I was crying. The lesson was given in so much congestion that it was hard for me and the instructor to concentrate on the lessons. If you want to learn how to drive this is not the place to learn. If you need a course in defensive driving this is the place to go. Choosing this school was a costly terrible mistake. Please do your research and only pay for one lesson before you commit
Cheap, but you get what you pay for – First off, be aware that when they give you a price quote, the price is for a 45 minute lesson but the lessons are really 90 minutes long so you'll end up paying double. They're still competitively priced, but I thought that was really deceptive.
I have the impression that people's experiences with this school depend on which instructor they get and whether or not they speak Chinese. My instructor's English wasn't great, and he wasn't very good at explaining parallel parking, three point turns or maneuvering in reverse. I basically had to figure those out by trial and error. He was also extremely unfriendly; he didn't even introduce himself, or say hello or goodbye, and his comments were often more distracting than helpful. For example, if I was waiting for oncoming traffic to pass so I could make a left turn, he would point out a poorly parked car on the other side of the street and make me look and acknowledge it before finishing the turn. On multiple occasions we got stuck in the middle of an intersection after the light changed because he told me to drive through the intersection when there was traffic backed up on the other side, and under pressure he mixed up directions like 'forward' and 'left'. He didn't really hear my questions either, and never said one positive thing.
On the plus side, they give you lots of experience driving in traffic and the instructor pays very close attention to detail. He'll correct your smallest mistakes, which definitely helps you improve. However, his poor communication skills made the entire experience more stressful and I failed my first road test, which he was half an hour late to. I'm going to find another school to help me practice for the second.
Awesome Driving School!! – Thanks to Albert, I've passed my exam on the first try! I agree with the other reviewers who say he is the best teacher! He's very patient, and I'll remember all the tips and pointers he gave to me.
I don't know what the previous reviewer seraph2008 was talking about...he's probably just upset because he couldn't pass his driving exam. Both Alice and Anita are wonderful and just really sweet.
I would definitely recommend this school!!
Worst driving school and people (Alice and Annita) – I have the worst experience at this school. I don't even want to give 1 star to this school.
Although I have told the assistant there (Alice 玲姐 and Annita) that I am poor driving and need a good teacher to give me guidance. The teacher they recommend me don't even know the correct steps of starting a car. He was rambling all the time during the 1st and 2nd class.
When I told the situation to school, they were extremely rude and said that all tutors in their school are "excellent".
I was extremely disappointed at their service, their atitude and their driving class. I can't understand why others gave so high scores to their class. Frankly speaking, that's definitely the worst school I have ever attended.
When I asked very politely about their boss Albert Leung's name card, they just refused bluntly. I wonder whether their boss knows about the terrible service of his employees and classes provided.
It is a shame that this so call "good" driving school is so crappy. I strongly recommend other choosing other driivng schools.
Great Place for learning how to drive! – Wow, the place is cheap and the people are really nice. He helped me and gave me really good hints even before the exam and I passed at first attempt. Although I already had a driving license from my origin country, I never had any experience of driving in NYC or with an automatic car. Anyway, I feel more confident with his advices.
PS: there were 3 other students with me that two of them passed. The last person did not see the traffic light and crossed a red light. I think she was just nervous.
Five Star Quality Teaching from Mr. Leung! – These five stars rating are in no exaggeration. Mr. Leung had received multiple positive reviews and I decided to give him and his driving school a try. Indeed, he was an excellent teacher. His instructions were clear and concise and helped me gain the confidence needed for the road test. Moreover, when I requested for additional parking training, he gladly worked with me until I aced everyone of them. And finally today, I passed with perfect score, who could I thank but Mr. Leung himself.
Patient, meticulous, and adaptive teaching style make him a great teacher. I kid you not. Make certain you ask for him as your instructor.
Couldn't ask for more – Just took my road test yesterday, and passed on first try! So happy now...and I am so thankful that I chose Leung's Driving School, if it wasn't for Albert's instructions, I don't think I could've done it.
I didn't even know how to start the engine of a car before starting the lessons with Albert, and he was the most patient person ever. I was intimidated to drive in Chinatown right off the bat, but surprisingly by the end of the first lesson, I could somewhat maneuver through the Manhattan streets...it definitely gave me confidence to really take up driving.
Albert is VERY attentive during the lessons, ALWAYS on time, and of course, patient and always giving tips on good road skills (which helped me pass the road test). Also, the receptionist lady is very sweet and accommodating, she always fit me into the schedule which was convenient for me.
Would recommend to all my friends and everyone who's reading this, for the price and value, as well as quality, I don't think you can find anything better in Manhattan.
Not so good – After reading 19 five star stellar review of this driving school, I've decided to give it a try. Well, it was definitely not five stars. My teacher had this really old car and I didn't learn anything. He just get annoyed at the way I drive. His instructions were not so good. After one class, I decided to give it another try with another instructor. Maybe the other ones are better. When I went to sign up again, the lady told me there is a two weeks wait. That's way to long between classes but I decided to get the cash for it. When I went back I changed my mind. There are other driving school, not just this one. When I went back to take back the card, I told the lady, I don't want to sign up for a class that's two weeks later. That's too long. She immediately responded that she spoke to the boss and there is a class for me next week same day of the week and same time. I said no anyway. Then later I realized that day one week later was available but she won't give it to me because if there are students starting next week, they would want to start immediately. I remember I sign up on Wed and got a class on Sunday. This is how they treat their students. Leung's Driving School, you are not the only school in NYC. I'm going to take my business elsewhere.
I'm skeptical about the 19 good reviews. It's probably written by the school.
Great Driving School and Instructor – My daughter and I just took the road test and we both passed at the first try. This is thanks to the great instructor of Leung's Driving School. We both can highly recommend this school.
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