Don't Even Waste Your Time
So I just barely passed my driver's test. With no thanks to Tim Sao. Many of the students below were probably pushed to write a good review about Tim Sao after their lessons. "Would you do me a favor? And write a good review for me on yellowpages.com?" Why would I write a good review for you if I didn't receive good instruction? Many of the things this "teacher" told me was going to be on the test, was actually indeed-incorrect. Either he is not updated with the new rules of the road or he is still saying "I like the 2007 version of the DMV manuel better." For example- he made me slow down for railroad tracks; "Never go past railroad tracks over 15 mph." As I was taking my driver's test, the examiner actually said to me "that could be the most dangerous thing you could ever do while driving- slowing down across the tracks" In addition, I don't understand why he didn't take me to the actual driving course/ area where the test was going to be held. How would taking me to a random neighborhood prepare me for the faster-paced area of the driving course? I also found it extremely unprofessional and irritating every single time he received a phone call. He just HAD to pick up the phone and start talking to some random guy about checking out girls and partying later on in the night. Oh yeah, and good luck ever trying to schedule things with this man. First appointment, he couldnt make it- ok thats reasonable. But I rescheduled about 3 times before he actually got it right. And if you're looking for a second and third appointment- he'll probably forget so don't expect to be a priority. And when I finally thought I was finished with this racist, condescending, pompoust "instructor" he said he was going to drop off my certificate of completion for the 6 hrs. training next week. Well apparently "next week" meant a MONTH later! I literally went out of the country for vacation and came back and no responses to my prior and post emails, calls, and texts. If he knows you're calling because he missed an appointment or you're trying to schedule another- he will ignore your calls. A couple of times my own mother had to call him from her phone because he wouldn't pick up my calls. So after consistantly calling and texting Mr. Sao for my certificate of completion, he finally dropped off my certificate. But without call or warning- he just decided to drop it off in my mailbox. The one time he did pick up all I heard were excuses. Every single time he is mistaken, he uses a variety of excuses. So as I end this review, all I have to say is for $175- I feel like I could've gotten a lot more for my money. I was not taught to back up in a straight line therefore I failed that part of the driver's test. In addition, I was not taught to drive on the freeway nor parallel park. Thanks for nothing Tim.
claimed iconBusiness Response07/11/2008
Thank you for your review and concern. Most of my students and parents gave me excellent review. I feel bad because you,re not happy. Maybe you did not took your driver education and the DMV. guideline seriously, because you misunderstood DMV's guideline.
DMV prohibited students and driving school practicing on the examiner's driving course. DMV guide that the speed limit is 15 mph within 100 feet of a railroad tracks, please see page 22 DMV hand book. DMV parent-teen book
page 9 backing the car. DMV hand book 2008 missing one good page because 2007 on page 12 that talk about the driving test.
Thanks again for your concern,