The Premier Driving School in San Marcos, Escondido & Carlsbad
Alliance Defensive Driving School | License #E2084
The Safest, Most Effective Driver Training in San Marcos
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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Meet Our Team
I’m a Marine Corps Veteran and a Retired Police Sergeant. Similar to many, once I found San Diego; I knew I found home. I’m a proud husband and father of a teen daughter and a pre-teen son, so I truly understand and can appreciate the anxiety of having your child preparing to drive on their own one day.
During my 22 Years in Law Enforcement, I spent 17 years as a Defensive Driving and Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor. I have had the honor and privilege of teaching defensive driving to Police Officers, FireFighters, AMR Ambulance Drivers, and SWAT Team Operators. I am also a proud graduate of the Ford Motors “Driving Skills for Life” Driving School for Teens, Honda’s Power-Sport ATV/Off-Road Driving School, CHP’s ‘Pursuit Driving School’,and the FBI’s Executive Protection Driving school.
As a Police Sergeant and Collision Investigator, I have Investigated over 5,000 vehicle collisions and witnessed firsthand the detrimental and catastrophic aftermath of distracted driving, drunk driving, and poor decision making. As a Driving Instructor here at Alliance, I am committed and excited to teach new drivers the life-long defensive driving skills they will need to ensure they are prepared and ready to safely pass the behind-the-wheel test and ultimately navigate the roadways, highways, and freeways in a safe and prudent manner.
Being a mom of 2 daughters and a son, two of which are young adults already, I can relate to how exciting it is when the time comes to start learning how to drive and get your license. It’s a sensational feeling of freedom, for children and parents alike.
Born and raised in North County San Diego, I believe we have some of the best scenic driving roads around, and we are so fortunate to be able to drive from the coast, to mountains, to desert all in one beautiful day! As an avid motorcycle rider, I feel I am hyper aware of just how distracted and un-alert other drivers can be, and of obstacles most drivers may not be aware of, or just plain overlook at times. I want to take those extra skills I have developed, and help you become one of the best drivers on the road.
Being a prepared, defensive, and alert driver is a great driver! It’s one of the most important lifelong skills that you can develop. My goal as your driving instructor is to get you comfortable and confident behind the wheel, to be able to make those wise choices that arise, and have fun! Driving should be safe, smooth and enjoyable, and learning how to be a smart defensive driver can make it just that. I Iook forward to seeing you behind the wheel.
Originally from Los Angeles, I live with my wife in San Marcos. I am a retired peace officer with the California State Parks, and a former Army officer.
I have had extensive training in vehicle operation in the military and attended the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC). I was a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) qualified instructor for Perishable Skills – Driving and have conducted defensive driving courses for both military and law enforcement members.
I have spent the last five years as a Ranger at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, conducting investigations into traffic collisions, doing vehicle code enforcement and responding to major injury incidents.
I think of driving as a team sport and teach that we as drivers need to obey the rules of the road so we can all arrive safely at our destinations. Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do daily, and I hope to provide students with the training that will enable them to be safe drivers and pass the driving test.
I am blessed to call San Diego my home. I grew up in Carlsbad, CA and remember the thrill of cruz’n the coast when I was a teenager. Oh my, what fun! Learning to drive is a very exciting time for teenagers and many teens see driving as a right…when, in fact, it’s a privilege with serious responsibilities.
As a car enthusiast, I have a background in automotive finance and insurance. Over the years I have participated in many Automotive Dealer Sponsored behind the wheel certifications and training classes. I have owned a few hotrods throughout the years and enjoy a good classic car show.
Mission Bay is my playground, as I am an avid water skier and wakeboarder with 30 years of water safety and boating experience. I have devoted many years teaching others safe water and boating skills including hands-on instruction for blind children and adults with the blind ski program.
As a trained professional driving instructor, I am committed to keeping your teen safe while developing defensive driving skills and good driving habits. I am very friendly while taking on my role as a driving instructor seriously, preparing students well with lifelong driving skills and to pass their behind the wheel DMV test with confidence. With my patient, calm and pleasant style, students are encouraged to learn at their own pace. “Think Safety First” is the foundation for all good instruction. I look forward to teaching your teen how to navigate the roads safely, confidently and defensively.
Learning to drive can be a very fun and exciting time and I’m excited to experience that with you! I’m originally from New Orleans but have lived in the San Diego area for a total of 12 years so I understand the challenges these roads and drivers can present.
I’m a father, husband, Army veteran and former middle school science teacher with roughly 31 years of safe driving experience under my belt. While in the Army I had extensive training on the safe operation of light military vehicles on public roads and highways. It was through this training that I first learned that driver’s safety encompasses not only my actions but also the actions of others on the road as well. This is the essence of defensive driving.
As an educator, I understand that we all absorb information at different rates and have different learning styles we prefer. My goal is to find what works best for you so you can gain the skills you need with as little stress and in the most efficient way possible. Just bring a good attitude and willingness to learn and I’ll meet you with patience and a plan. Getting a driver’s license is a milestone in everyone’s life, it’s something you will always remember. I am excited and privileged to be a part of it!
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 in San Marcos and all of North San Diego County 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 in San Marcos, Escondido & Carlsbad
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