The Premier Driving School in North San Diego County

Alliance Defensive Driving School | License #E2084

Our History

Owner Diane White has been training drivers for nearly 15 years. As a 14-year San Diego police officer veteran, she witnessed firsthand the destruction caused by unsafe driving: devastating and deadly injuries, mangled vehicles, lives forever changed.
All of it the result of poorly trained drivers.

When looking to transition out of law enforcement, Diane decided to transfer her police skills and extensive knowledge of California’s laws into a new career as a driving instructor at Alliance Defensive Driving School. Four years later, she assumed ownership of the company where she and her staff continue to provide superior driver education to North San Diego County’s drivers.

The Safest, Most Effective Driver Training in North County

Today, San Diego County ranks third in California among “Most Dangerous Counties for Car Accidents.” That’s why safety is the primary focus at Alliance Defensive Driving School.

 Especially when training drivers under 20, who have the highest rate of car accidents. As a mother of three who trained her own children to drive, Diane understands how important it is to find a trustworthy, safe driver training program for teens. We take the same approach with our older students too.

Here are a few of the ways we keep our teen, adult and senior student drivers safe:

Safest Vehicles

We are the only driver training service in San Diego that outfits our driver training vehicles with both gas and brake pedals on the passenger side to ensure complete control of the car should something unexpected occur.

Enhanced Visual Equipment

Our cars are equipped with seven mirrors, rather than the standard three. This allows our instructors to watch student movements without taking their eyes off the road, so they can anticipate problems before they happen.

Officer-Trained Instructors

Each of our hand-selected driving instructors is rigorously trained by a 14-year San Diego police force veteran. They know the rules of the road better than anyone and understand how to keep our students safe.

Individualized Training

Each student learns at a different pace. Our customized lessons allow each student driver to master a concept before moving on to the next one, so they build confidence as they go.

Easy Online Scheduling

Scheduling a driving lesson is quick and easy. Just go to our online scheduling app, then choose the best day and time for your schedule. It just takes a few clicks!

Convenient “Come to You” Lessons

No need to build in travel time for your driving lesson. We pick you up and drop you off at your door. 

75+ Years of Experience

Our driving instructors boast a combined 75+ years of defensive driving experience to help prepare you for any driving scenario.

Parent Alliance

We welcome parent involvement! In fact, we encourage parents to attend your teen’s driving lessons so you know what your child is learning. This allows you to reinforce the concepts we teach when you take your son or daughter out for a driving session.

Students and Parents Trust Alliance

Meet Our Team


As the owner of Alliance Defensive Driving School I feel fortunate to be able to continue the tradition of the finest driving instruction in San Diego County. Having served 14 years as a Law Enforcement Officer/Sergeant, I witnessed the devastation caused by poor and careless driving. As a mom who taught my three teenagers to drive, I saw first-hand how important it is for new drivers to have a solid foundation in defensive driving skills. It is with both of these perspectives, as the owner of Alliance Defensive Driving School, that I am thrilled to offer a very solid curriculum to new drivers to give them the best foundation for their driving future.


As your driving instructor my goal is to ensure that you are given the knowledge, skills and understanding of safe driving practices that will influence and benefit you every time you drive. With over 30 years of safe driving experience, I have gained a unique perspective on the value of good defensive driving skills. Growing up as one of fourteen children, as well as having a teen of driving age, affords me the patience and understanding required to instruct the next generation of excellent defensive drivers. I am invested in helping you become a courteous, responsible and safe driver. I consider it a privilege to be able to provide you with such an important life skill and I look forward to seeing you on the road!


I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two grown boys.  I taught both boys how to drive.  It was a positive learning experience for me helping them achieve their goal of becoming licensed drivers and it would be my pleasure to help you too.  As your Driving Instructor I will teach you a life-long love of driving with defensive driving skills and strategies to drive safely on today’s roads.  I have 30 years of safe driving experience and I look forward to passing that knowledge onto you. 


I have been a teacher in the local area for many years, including San Marcos High School and Mission Hills. I grew up in England and learned to drive there as well as here in the United States. I have been riding dirt bikes in the deserts of California for the past 30 years. With these experiences, I have really learned how important defensive driving is. I have two children that I taught to drive. I love to teach and I love to drive. I am excited to combine my love of teaching with my love of driving as a Driving Instructor for Alliance. I look forward to passing along the different defensive driving techniques that I have learned to your young driver, so they can stay safe behind the wheel.


I am a San Diego native, raised in Oceanside and a graduate of Rancho Buena Vista High School. I joined the United States Marine Corps, which I served as an Motor Transport Operator. I am currently the Transportation Supervisor at Marine Corps Community Services aboard Camp Pendleton. I instruct students on the weekends with Alliance Defensive Driving School, which has truly been an awesome experience.


As a retired JCPenney General Manager, I have worked with many types of people of all ages and backgrounds.   Teaching and mentoring has always been a part of my work ethic, and training new associates has alway been a part of my job.  

Coming from the Pacific Northwest I have experienced driving in rain, snow and ice. For a portion of my JCPenney career I had a  job which included travel/driving throughout the West Coast and Mountain States. It also included driving in Alaska and Hawaii.  All of this diverse weather and terrain has made me appreciate what kinds of challenges new drivers face.

I am looking forward to bringing those skills to Alliance Defensive Driving School.  Becoming a defensive and safe driver cannot be stressed enough.  I bring many years of experience, patience and coaching ability to this position.   I am looking forward to assisting you with your driving career.


I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I joined the U.S. Navy when I was 19 years old and recently retired after 27 years of service. Training and mentorship have been a big part of my military career and I am very comfortable in training environments.

I have driven in some of the harshest weather conditions and most extreme environments all over the world and I really enjoy passing on my vast defensive driving techniques to all my students, helping them build confidence and lifelong safe driving skills.

Our Mission

To offer a unique and progressive drivers training program that addresses the needs of the modern driver, as well as providing a welcoming customer service experience to all of our students. To retain top qualified office staff and driving instructors that exhibit professional, ethical, and personal standards that are far above other driving schools. To nurture and educate each student individually in an atmosphere of trust and safety through intelligent, intuitive, and interactive training methods, making each lesson conducive to optimum performance. Simply said, Alliance Defensive Driving School strives to be the very best in the collective field of driving schools.

All driving schools are not created equal…

Our driver training vehicles are equipped with both a gas and brake pedal on the passenger side. Having the training car equipped only with a brake pedal makes you only half as safe. We want our students to be completely safe in the car if something unusual should happen. Don’t be fooled if other driving schools tell you otherwise.

Second, our driver training vehicles are equipped with four training mirrors, and three student mirrors for complete circular vision. To be completely safe, the instructor must be able to watch not only the road, but the student’s movements as well.

Alliance Defensive Driving School

Proudly Serving: Escondido, San Marcos, Valley Center, San Elijo, Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Fallbrook, Bonsall, LaCosta, Encinitas, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Torrey Pines, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway, Carmel Mountain, 4S Ranch, Black Mountain Ranch, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Bernardo, Mira Mesa, and more.

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