One of the most unique driving students I ever had was a tall young man named Roman whose pale complexion was made to seem even lighter in contrast by the dark colored lipstick he favored. What made him unusual wasn’t his “goth” style of fashion, but his complete lack of driving knowledge. He had never […]


In fact, the summer months are on average the most dangerous months for driving, with August being the deadliest overall. Why? Mainly because of the rapid influx of teen drivers on the road, with the inexperience and risky behaviors common among that population. With teens out of school, they spend far more time driving to […]

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When people ask me where I work now. I can answer “The Local Driving School,” and be accurate in two different ways. Not only is that the com- pany’s name, but it also describes its location. The Local Driving School is situated in Pinole, my home town for the last Twenty-two years. Pinole is in […]

November 12, 2018

I have to admit, I’m not much of a “car guy.” In fact, I bought my Toyota Matrix partly because it was named after my favorite Keanu Reeves movie; it’s a 2006 model with no hubcaps, a missing door handle, and over 212,000 miles on the odometer. I don’t know much about how the engine […]

January 28, 2019

When I first started driving, I didn’t like to wear my seat belt. I rationalized that it was safer for me to drive unrestrained, and I could escape my car easier during an emergency if I wasn’t belted in. Then in 1986 California’s first seat belt law took effect requiring both drivers and passengers to wear […]

January 28, 2019

Local Driving School www.localdriving.com info@localdriving.com THE SMITH SYSTEM The Smith System describes principles that will help you apply SIPDE and drive both safely and defensively. Life up your eyes and look well ahead of you. Don’t just look at the road in front of you. Lift your vision and look down the road 20-30 seconds. Keep your […]

January 28, 2019

what is SIPDE? “SIPDE” is an acronym where each individual letter stands for a different word. This shouldn’t be confused with synonyms which are different words with the same meaning, or cinnamon which is a delicious spice that makes oatmeal taste better. Acronyms are mnemonic devices that help improve memorability and aid in the retention of […]

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