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What You Should Know When Selecting A Driving School

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What You Should Know When Selecting A Driving School

We want you to feel confident and secure when choosing Avanti Driving School for all of your driving school needs.

Avanti Driving School is a family owned and operated business since 1986, based in Boca Raton, Florida and have literally taught five generations of South Floridians. We feel strongly that we have a moral obligation to teach you your child or senior loved one the importance of safe driving behaviors. With this obligation comes integrity and honesty.

Rest assured, we will not give false information or conjure up false impressions about our company and qualifications to win your business.

If you should select another driving school, please be mindful of the schools and instructors qualifications. Your driving education and safety are important not only to us but, to all drivers sharing the Florida roads as well!

Here are some sample questions to ask when interviewing a driving school.

Remember: Experience and safety should be your number one concern when selecting a driving school for yourself, your teen, Au Pair or senior loved one!

1. How long has your school been in operation?

Answer: Most driving schools will give you some outrageous number of years they have been in business. Check with the DMV to find out here’s the link http://www.flhsmv.gov Also keep in mind: Driving schools here – in South Florida – open and close in a matter of months for a number reasons. Most common: Because they crashed their car(s) or, word gets out they are not state of Florida certified. All State certified schools require special training, special insurance and certifications.

2. Who will be the instructor?

Answer: Do you want a female or male instructor? The choice is yours with Avanti! Whether you’re inquiring about lessons for yourself, your teenager, Au Pair, or senior loved one. No matter what your age is – rest assured – Avanti Driving School is a family owned and operated business since 1986 and our motto: Making the roads saver one student at a time!

3. Are Your Vehicles Smoke Free?

Answer: Even though some schools instructors typically smoke when not instructing, no matter how much air freshener one uses it’s impossible to mask the smell of smoke in a teaching vehicle. Our vehicles are 100% smoke free and so are our instructors! Also air-conditioned comfort – especially in South Florida – is very important not only for our instructors but our students as well!

4. Is he or she certified by the State of Florida?

Answer: Absolutely!

Note: Insist on seeing the instructors’ license at your first lesson as well as Identification.

5. What is the age of the instructor?

Answer: Although this may seem like a silly question to ask, keep in mind some driving school instructors are not much older than the teens they teach and are not trained properly to instruct. We at Avanti have documentation for each individual instructor on their person and years of South Florida experience under our belt. Your precious cargo (your loved one) is in excellent hands with Avanti!

6. Does the instructor speak fluent English?

Answer: Our instructors at Avanti are very patient. Our instructors treat every student like a loved one and understand the stress that’s involved getting through the driving learning process. And, even though our Florida DMV handbooks are multi-language written, the official language in the State of Florida is English, and so are the road signs! We work with many people where their English is not too good. With Avanti it doesn’t matter as long as the student has a good comprehension of the English language, we can help you through this process to be a safe responsible driver. Note: When you go for the driver’s test most of the examiners speak English only.

7. Will there be anyone else in the vehicle, other than the instructor during the lesson?

Answer: No! With Avanti we only instruct one-on-one.

Note: Some driving schools “share” the car with 2, 3 and at times 4 students in one vehicle. Some driving schools have their current “student” who is taking a lesson drive to pickup the next instructors student “during the current students driving lesson time”.  Their philosophy is profit maximizing with other students in the car. Also we feel that is absolutely wrong to do and that it is intimidating and/or hinders the students learning experience with other people are in the car. We, at Avanti have discovered long-ago based on years of experience and from documented studies show time and time again: The best way to instruct is by doing and only one-on-one instructing which is the only way we instruct.

Furthermore, Avanti Driving School takes pride with our personalized one-on-one instruction that is customized specifically to the students individual needs. Learning by other students mistakes (with other students in the car) just doesn’t make sense to us and it shouldn’t with you.

8. Do they charge a flat rate and/or are there any “hidden” or “extra” fees?

Answer: No, we tell everyone – up front – what the cost of the driving lesson session will be. Additionally, with Avanti you can pay-as-you-go, and we don’t lock you into any contracts either. With over 30 years of experience we discovered early that everybody is unique in their learning process. Additionally, some driving schools add a surcharge fee or, charge a different instruction fee based on your location when they show up at your door. Some schools even try to lock you in for a certain amount of lessons by calling it a “discounted” rate AND insist you pay in advance. At Avanti we don’t lock you into a contract, we tell you upfront before you schedule your driving lesson what the fee will be.

9. Will the student be behind the wheel driving [the vehicle] during the entire driving lesson session?

Answer: YES!

When it comes to your loved ones you want the best for them and Avanti is the best in what we do. At Avanti we look at it this way: If your loved one knows how to drive safely because of our instructions then they won’t run into our love ones! Driving Safely is what it’s all about!

Note: Some schools have high-performance vehicles they use to attract individuals to use their services. Unfortunately, the students are spending the most part of the lesson as a passenger watching the instructor drive, or, the school has instructors who lack the confidence and experience to let the student “learn by doing”. At Avanti all of our students are behind the wheel from the get go!

At Avanti Auto Driving School you can take as many or as little as one single driving lesson and the rate is the same and there’s no “hidden fees”. Avanti Driving School is proud to offer full 90 and 120 minute sessions where our students learn by actually doing the driving. I’m sure you would agree that learning by watching an instructor drive just doesn’t make any sense to us and it shouldn’t with you.

These are just a few questions to ask, and remember; a schools qualifications and length of business can be easily verified online.

As a responsible parent or consumer, it’s important to do your homework before selecting your school of choice.

Always Drive Safely!

Avanti Driving School
Making the Roads Safer One Student At a Time!



Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens according to the Centers for Disease Control’s Teen Driver Fact Sheet.

Older teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than younger teens. In addition, older teens were twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash between midnight and 6 am than younger drivers.

1,886 drivers age 15 to 20 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, compared with 1,723 drivers in this age group in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Research shows that when teenage drivers transport teen passengers there is a greatly increased crash risk. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report in May 2012 that showed that the risk of 16- or 17-year old drivers being killed in a crash increases with each additional teenage passenger in the vehicle. The risk increases 44 percent with one passenger; it doubles with two passengers and quadruples with three or more passengers. The study analyzed crash data and the number of miles driven by 16- and 17-year olds.

Drivers age 16 to 20 accounted for 5.5 percent of all licensed drivers, 8.5 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 12.0 percent of drivers in all crashes in 2014. Seventeen percent of drivers age 16 to 20 who were involved in fatal crashes in 2014 were alcohol-impaired, which is defined by a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.

The DOT found that more teenagers are involved in motor vehicle crashes late in the day and at night than at other times of the day. Teens also have a greater chance of getting involved in an accident if other teens are present in the vehicle, according to research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm.


36 Percent of 10 – 20 year old male drivers who were involved in fatal crashes where speeding at the time of the crash. NHTSA says that speed-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year.

Speeding was a contributing factor in 28 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year olds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Every state has a graduated driver’s license law that includes a three-phase program to help teens to develop more mature driving attitudes and gain experience behind the wheel.


In 2015, 10,625 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.  1,886 drivers age 15 to 20 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, compared with 1,723 drivers in this age group in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 1,089,171 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2015. The arrest rate works out to one arrest for 200 licensed drivers in the United States.

Teen drivers ages 15 to 20 are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, compared to adult drivers between the ages of 35 and 40.

Single Driving Lessons

Single driving lessons are available to individuals who may only need to fine tune their driving skills or who want to learn just the basics.

It’s entirely up to you.

Multiple Driving Lessons

Includes our exclusive Drivers Ed 30 Hour Online course.

For our stand alone Drivers Ed Course we charge $150.00 BUT with any series of 3 it’s FREE!

Road Test Review

We realize taking a road test could be nerve racking especially when you don’t know what to expect.

We look at the big driving picture and get you ready!

Refresher Driving Lessons

Recovering from surgery? Been out of state and had no need to drive? You’ve found what you’re looking for.

We customize our sessions individually for each student!

What our Customers Say

My daughter was terrified to drive. With Avanti’s help – she’s safely on the road. Thank’s Avanti!

Patricia A.Parent

Mom had to hang up her keys and her assigned caregiver didn’t have a drivers license to drive mom to the doctors, grocery store and do some errands. Avanti helped us from the very start to finish.

Connie F.Adult Child/Caregiver

All of our kids went to Avanti and everyone we know goes to them too. My kids drive GREAT!

Laurie FParent

We tried a different school in the beginning because Avanti was booked solid and my son was anxious to get behind the wheel. Long story short: We LOVE Avanti!

Coreen AParent

I’m in the medical field and for years I wanted to learn how to drive but was afraid. Paula was wonderful and the instructor Janine was AMAZING! I would recommend Avanti to anyone needing driving lessons.

Sharon MAdult

I called Avanti expecting an answering machine and got a person! THAT ALONE was fantastic. I explained to her what was going on and her suggestions were great. So glad we went with Avanti. Now we know what we’re going to do.

Gerald HAdult Child/Caregiver

We PASSED! Thank you VERY much for your instruction on driving! The roads are a safer place thanks to you! Thanks Again! P.S. Your help made the difference!

Karen & Kimberly GTeenagers

“I had surgery and it’s been awhile since I was behind the wheel and quite frankly – I was afraid to drive. I’m very happy and glad that I called them and will use them again if the need should arise.

Philip GSenior/Adult
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