Suncoast Defensive Driving School is dedicated to providing the very best quality In-Car Instruction throughout Sarasota, Manatee, and Pinellas counties. We specialize in defensive driving techniques for Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and North Port areas. Driving requires practice. The more practice you receive, the better you get. In simple terms, defensive driving means identifying potential hazards before they become immediate hazards.
“I just got my driver’s license today! Yeaaah! I have been trained by Bill and Arlene. They are both amazing instructors! They teached me how to behave safely on the road and they gave me very useful advices in order to pass successfully my driving test. Thank you Suncoast Defensive Driving School! Doubtless, the best driving school in Sarasota-Manatee County.” [5/12/2016]
“As a senior driver I was becoming phobic about certain strange conditions (left curves and road surfaces). This phobia was growing worse and was certain to limit my ability to drive and to be independent. It was my good fortune to have picked up the phone to call Suncoast Defensive Driving School and its owner, Bill Rowell. I had determined that it was a mental rather than a physical condition. Bill queried me appropriately and then set up some tests and lessons. His calm and assured manner combined with his supportive assistance as well as his obvious expertise helped me get back on the road with confidence.” [5/10/2016]
“I am in my forties and I had a fear of driving when I began my lessons. Arlene however helped me overcome my fear. She showed great patience and understanding. Arlene’s positive reinforcement and encouragement helped me build my skills and confidence as a driver. In the end, I was able to pass my practical test with a perfect score. I am forever thankful to Arlene and highly recommend her as an instructor. I also very much enjoyed our conversations.” [11/15/2015]
AAA Approved Driving School
Suncoast Defensive Driving School has met and surpassed all requirements of the AAA Approved Driving School program. This insures all students will receive the very best in driver training, curriculum, vehicles, customer service and community reputation.
As the area’s exclusive AAA Approved School, we are pleased to offer a 30 hour home correspondence driver education program utilizing the AAA How To Drive manual. Together with our in-car training, this program provides equivalent classroom time to public school programs, with the convenience of home based study and the advantage of private in-car instruction. For home schooling families, this course exceeds the standards from the Florida Department of Education for Driver Education and qualifies for a .5 school credit.
Teen Defensive Driving
Suncoast Defensive Driving School wants the family to know our purpose. We strongly encourage parental involvement with our young students. The Team Concept encompasses private defensive driver instruction coupled with frequent practice at home. Our instructors will meet with parents during the driving course for progress reports and suggestions.
Our one on one professional training courses yield superior results over public programs and are a vital start to driver safety. However, a course is still not enough time behind the wheel for new drivers. The state of Florida’s requirement of 50 hours of supervised driving for teen drivers under the age of 18 years is extremely important.
Interactive Driver Training
All course levels will include a training video as well as an interactive CD-ROM. Suncoast Defensive Driving School proudly offers the new teenSMART Crash Avoidance Program for teens and parents. Initially developed for the insurance industry to reduce claims, we are proud to offer this proven and effective training program. Allstate and AAA insurance companies offer discounts for teenSMART certified graduates. Consult your insurance carrier for possible discounts.
Senior Driving Program
Suncoast Defensive Driving School offers the most comprehensive Senior Driving Program in Sarasota, Manatee, and Pinellas counties, designed to assist seniors to drive safely longer.
Our program addresses significant and sometimes emotional challenges involving the senior driver. We will assist senior drivers to recognize their changing skills and adapt their driving practices appropriately. The program is designed to identify and assess potential impairments in older drivers. If necessary, we will then provide guidance as to whether driving should be continued unrestricted, with some limitations or discontinued completely due to erosion of basic skills or health issues. Our program will help the driver, family members, friends and doctors who have concerns about driver fitness and safety.
AAA Roadwise Review™, a state-of-the-art computer-based screening tool, is now part of the Adult Road Refresher Program. The computer program and a 1 hour driving session are completed privately at your location. Upon completion, you will receive feedback and suggestions through a computer printout and in car evaluation. All information is private and confidential.
Green Business Partnership
Modern HYBRID Equipment = Safety
Our cars are “green”. Green, meaning HYBRID. Our Honda Civic Hybrids operate by combining an electric motor and gasoline motor. Our Hybrids are exceptionally fuel-efficient and have ultra-low emissions. They are fully equipped with dual brakes, front and side airbags and anti-lock braking systems.