Well let me share my journey to my license thru this driving school. I first call Paul Driving for my first appointment. Their receptionist name Diane screwed up everything because she put me on schedule, give me the name of the instructor but voila, no one showed up because she did not inform the instructor. I wrote a review telling how unprofessional Diane is. I received a call from Al apologizing for what happened and offered me immediate schedule with his son Chris. Since i believed everyone deserves a second chance so I said okay. But almost everyday i received a call from Al asking me to remove the review I first wrote since he apologized and make up for the mistakes. He didnt stopped calling me until i got tired from his phonecalls so I removed it. (Manipulated reviews right?) After 2 driving lessons with chris, im still disappointed because i still not learn what i supposed to learn such as parking other than parallel. Someone even told me "you drive forward, backward, turn left & right but you dont know how to operate the vehicle" which is I admit is correct. On my first road test schedule, I switched from Chris to Al and guest what, my weakest point which is making turns without hitting the curve is the reason that i failed the test. I hit it obviously. Second try we focus on that and this time I made it. But Al seeing how poor I park (its the parking similar to mall parking were you will put your car in between two cars in a vertical way didn't not make up for that (its a part of driving lesson isn't it?) Instead he criticize me for that so i told him, well your son didn't teach me that what do you expect. He just laughed and said now you wanna blame my son? Well, who else, he didnt teach me that in two lessons (4hours) and looks like you will not show me either in another two lessons i had with him. So until now, considering i have my license plus 2 lessons with chris plus 2 lessons with Al plus all the money I spent, I still dont know how to do that parking. They will just teached you how the road test is gonna be not the must-know-how kind of thing in driving. Now I believe with this person when he told me that "not all person with drivers license know how to drive and operate vehicles. Some of them are scripted drivers that in the event things go wrong on the road the end result is accidents and its their fault because they dont know what to do". So for those people who wants to enroll in this driving school, make sure that its worth every penny. Driving is not just stop and go on traffic lights. It must be the whole package so to speak. P.S. If you are looking for car and they mentioned to you they sell some, don't believe it. You will end up wasting your time talking about it.
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This was the first driving school that I got lessons at. It was recommended to me by my sister. I had Mr. Charles (so did she and her friend). He called and changed my appointment both times though. The first lesson went well and Mr Charles is a good teacher. However on the second lesson he showed up 15 minuter early and I wasn't ready so he sat and spoke to my mom. About 1/2 and hour into his lesson he started playing Jehovah witness testimonials and asking me if my father was a preacher. I later found out that while he was waiting for me he asked my mother "What church do you go to?" My mother told him we don't go to church. So I didn't understand why he was asking me if my father was a preacher. He then proceeded to rewind certain parts back on the tape he was listening to and raised the volume. I didn't protest because I wasn't sure if he was a zealot or not. But I didn't pay $140 dollars to learn about Jehovah. I paid to learn how to drive and I thought that was unprofessional. He doesn't have to play radio music as I didn't ask him to turn the radio on. But there is classical music and Instrumental music out there. I also found out from my sister and a friend of hers who also had Mr. Charles that he played Jehovah Witness testimonials. I will repeat that Mr. Charles is a good teacher for the most part. He was patient and he didn't talk to me like I was an idiot. But after the second lesson I ended up trying another driving school. Pushing ones religious beliefs on other people especially when you are in what should be a professional setting is never cool. If I want to learn about any religion I can check online, go to their place of worship or talk to my family members.
I passed the driver’s exam on my first try thanks to the BEST driving instructor, Chris! He is professional, personable, and extremely knowledgeable about driving. Chris is very patient and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He will kindly clarify or repeat anything you don’t understand. I had little driving experience and in just two lessons I was more than ready for the exam. The first lesson Chris had me drive around the entire city from the wide streets of West Phila, the highway (which wasn’t bad at all), the very narrow streets of South Phila, the congested streets of Center City, and the twists and turns of Kelly drive and Cobbs Creek. After my first lesson, I was more than comfortable driving every area of Philly and, yes, this was my first time driving the city. During my second lesson, I learned to parallel park in less than 15 minutes (seriously)! The day of my exam, I knew EVERYTHING to expect from beginning to end. I knew every instruction the examiner would say before he even instructed me to do it. Chris had me practice the driving exam beforehand so that by the time my exam came around; nothing even surprised me at all. I cannot recommend this school enough and it’s definitely worth every penny if you’re really ready for your license and don’t want to waste money on pointless lessons in a parking lot and taking a bunch of unnecessary lessons. If you’re even a little nervous or scared about driving like I was, one lesson with Chris will have you confident and eager to drive. Chris is truly an outstanding instructor!
I was looking for a driving school for my twin daughters. They call me the investigator mom because I do a lot research before I do business with anyone. My husband is a Philadelphia police officer. I wanted to know who the police and firemen use to teach their children how to drive and I found out it is Pennsylvania Driving School because half of their staff are retired Philadelphia police officers. I called up and I spoke to a gentleman and he was very professional on the phone. He answered all of my questions. I made an appointment and I wanted a retired police officer. He told me that Rick and George are retired police officers and they set me up with Rick. One of my daughters went out with Rick and the other daughter went out with George. One daughter needed three lessons and the other needed four lessons. I was very happy with their professionalism. They taught them how to change lanes properly, the reasons why you don t tailgate, how to parallel park , took them to the test site and showed them the course. They both passed the first time . I received a six hour certificate for both of them and I am saving $300 a year on my insurance. With my savings the lessons all most paid for itself. I want to thank them for teaching my daughters how to be safe, defensive drivers. Thank you Rick and George you were both wonderful.
I am 18 years old and desperately needed a driver s license before I went away to school. I contacted Paul s Driving School and Al was my teacher. He is certainly a specialist as his nickname implies. During my first lesson he had me driving on I-95. I was scared to death but he got me all the way through the lesson. During my second lesson he taught me how to parallel park in about 30 minutes. For someone who has never driven before and couldn t even locate the turn signals during their first lesson, these are tremendous accomplishments. He has a great sense of humor and his car is brand new and squeaky clean. When you are with him you drive everywhere. He doesn t take over the wheel after your lesson. He truly believes in hands-on learning. Not to mention you get your money s worth with him. He wastes no time and every experience with him is a learning eperience that is fun and fulfilling. Don t go anyplace else to learn how to drive. Paul s Driving School is the place to go!
I had been scared to drive for so long, and I was super reluctant to get lessons...however, when I met my instructor Steve, that all changed. Friendly, down-to-earth and funny, Mr. Robinson made learning how to drive as stress-free and calming as possible. He actually became a friend to me in the process, but he was super knowledgable and professional. It might not seem like a big deal, but learning how to drive and face my fear of being on the road was a huge obstacle in my life because of my anxiety, but I had the best possible person to teach me. The day of my test he encouraged and lifted me up and calmed my nerves. I passed, and I'm really grateful to have my license and a cool person in my life. Thanks so much, Steve. You're the best.
Al the Specialist is the best hands down. He teaches you to the drive the right way/safe way. I was so afraid of getting behind the wheel and that has changed today. If you are one who is unsure of yourself when it comes to driving behind the wheel or have never driven before Al the Specialist is your guy. You won't feel like your money is going down the drain he actually teaches you how to drive. I have another lesson scheduled with Al and I know that after this lesson I'll have my license in no time. I can't wait. I'm so excited. I love the car and I appreciate AL the Specialist for what he does. No one could have the patience he has had with me. If you want it done right call Al and nobody else.
Al the specialist is a very good instructor. I passed my test on the first try, and I only needed two lessons. Before him I was very inexperienced and was afraid to drive. Now i am confident and can manage the roads with a lot of ease. He teaches you to be a good driver as well as a safe driver. Most importantly he makes you feel comfortable by making you laugh and by being patient with you as you learn. He finds out what driving skills you struggle with the most and he doesn’t stop helping you until you get it right. As I drove for the driving test I kept thinking of everything Al told me to do, and at the end, the examiner told me that I did a very good job.
Let me start by saying Al the Specialist knows what he's talking about. Not only can he back up what he says, he can do it in a way that will keep you feeling comfortable. I took lessons with 3 other instructors previous to finding Al. Each one was mediocre and they did not take me to where I wanted to be, however, Al took it to the next level and taught me what I needed to know. Price was not a problem either. $60 compared to $40. No point in paying less if you're not going to learn as much. You'll end up taking more lessons and in turn spend more money. Thanks Al! Hope everyone gets their license with this miracle man as well.
Al the specialist is fantastic !!! When I first had lesson with him, he first taught me how to drive on the normal street and later on the highway. In our next lesson this afternoon, he helped taught me how to make turn properly and how to parallel park correctly. With in short amount of time, I am able to perform the parallel park very well and made me feel much more confident in driving. He taught you trick and skills which aid your driving significantly. In addition, he is very flexible with time and he provides door-to-door service which makes your learning experience much easier and more convenient.