Auto Club Adds Driving School In El Monte

(EL MONTE, May 19, 2009) The Automobile Club of Southern California has opened registration for the newest location of its driving school for teens at Longo Toyota in El Monte with the first class beginning June 22. The new location marks the 20th Auto Club Driving School locale in Southern California. Comprehensive driver education package programs for teens are available at all locations.

A special opening promotion continuing through the end of May, offers the school’s “30/10” program (30 hours of classroom education and 10 hours of in-car instruction) at a $50 discount when members sign up by May 31.

The driving school uses a curriculum based on research of actual teen driving crashes. The program, taught by state-licensed instructors, is focused on safety and student participation with core elements designed to address the top four causes of teen collisions. Parents and teens attend a one-hour orientation class together. After that, the students continue attending class, and parents stay tuned in through feedback and coaching after each in-car lesson. “Many parents tell us they’re learning right along with their kids,” said Kathy Downing, manager of the Auto Club’s Driver Services.

“The Auto Club co-sponsored California’s Graduated Driver Licensing Law, which requires teen drivers to gain real driving experience under controlled conditions before obtaining a full license,” said Downing. “The Auto Club started offering the driver education program to help parents and teens gain this experience from qualified instructors.”

Students who successfully complete an Auto Club Driving School package program receive a free dependent associate Auto Club membership and may qualify for an auto insurance discount when added to an auto insurance policy through the Auto Club’s affiliated insurance company.

Longo Toyota participates in the Auto Club’s AAA Approved Auto Repair and Car Buying Service programs. Longo shares the Auto Club’s concern for the safety of teen drivers, said Downing. Longo is the second Penske Motor Group dealer to host Auto Club Driving School classes at their site. The first was Toyota of Rancho Santa MargaritaLongo Toyota is located at 3534 N. Peck Road, El Monte, 91731. Driving school enrollments are accepted through the Auto Club. For more information or to enroll, contact the Auto Club call toll-free, 1-877-428-2277. Registration and advance payment are required.