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Driver Training Courses and Rates
Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Montecito

In the 6 hour Minimum Course we usually cover these topics*:

  1. Curb parking and lane position judgment
  2. Eleven blind spots
  3. Right turns, light to moderate traffic
  4. Left turns, light to moderate traffic
  5. Lane Change, light to moderate traffic
  6. Reversing in a straight line
  7. Diagonal and perpendicular parking
  8. Correct following distance
  9. Correct stopping distance
  10. Ten to twenty second scanning
  11. Timing traffic lights
  12. Timing on gas/brake while turning
  13. U turns with green arrow
  14. Freeway merging light/moderate traffic
  15. Freeway exiting
  16. Intelligent lane positioning
  17. When to signal early, late, and not signal
  18. How to look back correctly
  19. Safety Equipment Check
  20. Practice Drive Test

6 Hours: $480 ($80/hr.)


Our 10 Hour Advanced Course includes the 6 Hour Minimum Course, plus:

  1. 10 to 15 on-ramps, heavier traffic
  2. Left turns in heavy vehicle/pedestrian traffic
  3. Parallel parking turning points between cars
  4. Night driving
  5. Driving in rain (weather permitting)
  6. Skid control
  7. High speed stopping
  8. Accelerating out of turns in fast, heavy traffic
  9. Perfect, smooth stopping
  10. Perfect, smooth accelerating
  11. Big picture scanning
  12. Correct and timely use of the horn
  13. Lane changing in heavier traffic
  14. Anticipating bike and pedestrian movements
  15. Space cushion driving
  16. Freeway emergency stop and merging
  17. 3 point turnabouts, Y turnabouts
  18. Backing into and out of a driveway
  19. Backing around a parked car

10 Hours: $750 ($75/hr.)


Our 14 Hour Master Course includes all the topics above plus:

  1. Lane changing and merging in heavy stop and go traffic
  2. Parallel parking in traffic
  3. The 3 seeing habits to avoiding conflicts
  4. The 5 evasive skills that every driver should know
  5. Getting rid of tailgaters effectively
  6. Introduction to stick shift
  7. Anticipating and predicting 90% of possible conflicts
  8. Handling a brake failure
  9. Emergency procedure for a stuck accelerator
  10. Knowing how to handle an unexpected engine stall
  11. Avoiding head on crashes
  12. Avoiding rear end crashes
  13. Avoiding side impact crashes

14 Hours: $980 ($70/hr.)


* The above courses are general suggestions. Some students will be able to learn more in the six hour course and some students may not be able to cover every item listed. Every student is different and our teachers do as much as they can with each student, knowing that they will only learn how to drive once in their lives.

We teach more in the first session than most schools teach in a 6 hour course. A lot of straight driving (or running errands!) on the lesson is not considered good training. In six hours of training a good teacher will do approximately 180 to 200 turns, or 30 to 40 turns per hour. It takes about this many turns before a driver has the confidence and the skill needed to handle the car naturally.

Ken once evaluated the owner of a driving school in the LA area who did 17 turns in two hours. That school is no longer in business, because they were just going through the motions.

Testimonials

"They taught me to drive like a champ!"
-Tobias Tune

"Thanks to Sunshine Driving School I aced my drivers test on the first try...with compliments from the examiner for avoiding and accident with remarkable reflexes!"
-Akka B, Poet

Oakland "This man taught me to drive when I first came to this country. Triple AAA+++, thank you Ken, for all your safe driving tips and your patience with me. Now I love to drive!"
-Indu Kline

"Ken is a great teacher. I was only 26 years old when I took his program. I had just come from New York and had never needed a car. Ken's instruction insured that I became a safe and happy driver! Thanks Ken!"
-Marilyn Mosley-Goranier: Educator, Ojai

"Ken taught me to drive in a month and a half at age 32. He also taught both of my children to drive. My daughter went on to drive buses while attending U.C. Santa Cruz. He is the best!"
-Jessica Watling-Murray

If you want to learn to drive this is the place to call! The skills you will gain will last a l lifetime. I have proof!
-Asha Tyska McLaughlin

"My daughter was 21 and was too scared to learn to drive. Sunshine Driving School was the only place where she felt safe enough to learn. Now she's a confident and safe driver. Thank you!"
-Debbie Godfrey, self employed

Ken and Sunshine Driving School were the best things that could have happened to me during learning to drive experience. After a horrible set of lessons from another local driving school, after which I vowed I would never drive again, Ken reestablished my confidence in my driving abilities. His calm demeanor assured me that I was always safe, and his encouragement (and occasional humor) helped me learn in a positive and constructive way. Folks, Ken is undoubtedly one of the best driving teachers out there. His experience shows in every lesson and interaction. It was a pleasure and honor to learn how to drive from Ken, especially after encountering the worst. Heck, I even passed my test first try!

I hope that this suffices! I could probably write you an in-depth 5 page paper if you really wanted it. I'm thinking a catchy title would be: KEN CORNELIUS, PRAISE BE UNTO HIM! :) hahaha.

I hope that you and all of your family is doing well. I recommend you to EVERYONE! Truly!

Best wishes always,
Olivia, Thacher Student

Contact Us

Sunshine Driving School
229 East Villanova Rd. Ojai, CA 93023

Tel: (8O5) 646-2113
Fax: (805) 646-6184

Email: ojaisunshine@sbcglobal.net

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